The inspiration grew out of the “Occupy” movement back in 2011 when people took to the streets of Madison to rally against economic inequality.
Occupy Madison organizers protested, ate and camped together. And over its nearly 600 day odyssey, the makeshift tribe moved thirty times – from parking lot to slushy park.
In the end, people went home, except the homeless who had nowhere to go. A core group decided to attack the problem.
Volunteer Carol Weidel says the initial plan was to create safe housing in an existing building.