Friendship House

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Emergency Shelter Milwaukee

Through a compassionate and committed partnership with the Friendship House, the Cathedral Center provides emergency housing services to an additional 8 families and 4 women each night at the Friendship House location.

Cathedral Center and Friendship House envision a community where women and families can planfully pursue a safe place to live, raise their children, and support one another in achieving health and well being.. Utilizing our unique Flexible Housing model and strength-based approach to service delivery, our Friendship House program strives to ensure that our guests have a safe place to live, while addressing barriers to long term housing stability and health.

Services at The Cathedral Center are based on the Housing First model. Our goal is to ensure that each woman and family has housing before they leave shelter if at all possible.

What is the value of housing? It’s not just about the economic value – it’s about the value of an individual, an actual person! We know that housing helps to avoid the dollar cost of emergency shelter services, municipal citations to homeless individuals, emergency room visits or other 911 calls. But – just as important – it’s the value of a woman who can now sleep safely in her own bed, in her own home, without fear of victimization. It’s about her children who have a place to call home.


nights of emergency housing were provided in 2021, operating at an 50% rate of occupancy.

Providing for basic needs and safety to:


families, with...

Adults and...


who were provided with the additional time needed beyond a shelter stay – to end their homeless experience.

The average length of stay for unaccompanied women was 85 days and for families, 108 days.

Of the 30 households that exited in 2021, all left to safe housing.

How You Can Help


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Milwaukee, WI 53202

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