FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    
December 15, 2017
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke                                                                             
(608) 266-2418

New Beginnings – Interagency Council on Homelessness Takes Reins

MADISON – Today, the Interagency Taskforce on Homelessness met for the final time before the implementation of the new statutory Interagency Council on Homelessness. The Interagency Council, which will be chaired by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, is a result of legislation authored by Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) this year as part of a package of bills aimed at ending and preventing homelessness in Wisconsin. In today’s meeting, members discussed next steps and future goals of the Interagency Council on Homelessness.

“The Taskforce has played a critical role in inspiring the creation of the Interagency Council on Homelessness,” said Rep. Steineke. “Their hard work and diligence has not gone unnoticed and will be invaluable as we continue moving forward.”

The Interagency Taskforce on Homelessness members have been meeting for a few years to collaborate on new ways to address homelessness. While the group’s successes showed the power behind collaboration, they lacked the oversight and resources needed for larger scale change. The creation of the Interagency Council on Homelessness will provide those necessary elements needed to find innovative ways to end and prevent homelessness in Wisconsin.

“Today marked a culmination of all of the hard work we’ve put in for more than a year to take those crucial first steps in addressing homelessness in our state,” Rep. Steineke continued. “Everyone deserves a place to call home, and this group of people will be utilizing every avenue and resource to make that goal becomes a reality.”