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April 12, 2017
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke
Rep. Steineke and Assembly GOP Roll Out Four Bills to Combat Homelessness
MADISON - Assembly Majority Leader, Representative Jim Steineke (R–Kaukauna), and Assembly Republicans rolled out a package of bills today aimed at ending homelessness in Wisconsin.
“Our current system has a lot of people in different organizations working hard to provide the best care they can. What’s missing is coordination between our agencies. Bringing everyone to the table and making sure they’re on the same page will drive our efforts to end homelessness,” said Rep. Steineke.
Rep. Steineke’s bill will create an Interagency Council on Homelessness within the Department of Administration. The group will consist of decision makers from the state agencies and organizations that provide homelessness services, along with a designee appointed by Governor Walker. The goal of the council will be to coordinate resources and goals to ensure all avenues combating homelessness are being utilized.
Joining Rep. Steineke in introducing bills today at a Capitol news conference were: Reps. Snyder (Schofield), Rodriguez (Oak Creek), and Pronschinske (Mondovi). When coupled with proposed changes in the state budget, this legislation will address staffing, resource, housing, and employment issues that contribute to Wisconsin’s homeless population. The package of bills aimed at homelessness has also earned the support of Lt. Governor Kleefisch.
The Assembly Republican Forward Agenda targets tackling homelessness as a goal for the 2017-18 legislative session. The legislation package of bills to end homelessness focuses on giving Wisconsinites the tools needed to move them towards independence and self-sustainability.