MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison youth organization is working to build the first teen homeless shelter in Dane County.
When it gets cold, many people who are homeless turn to local shelters. Unfortunately, the adult shelters won't let in anyone under 18-years-old and a teenager can't go to a family shelter on their own.
Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin has been trying to get a handle on teen homelessness in our area for years. Executive director Casey Behrend estimates 200 to 250 unaccompanied youth in Dane County are struggling to find a place to stay every night. He says that number could be closer to 500.