FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 
May 2, 2017
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke                                                                             
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Rep. Steineke Votes to Support Initiatives to End Homelessness in Wisconsin

Madison – State Representative Jim Stieneke (R-Kaukauna) is proud to show his support of bills aimed at ending and preventing homelessness in Wisconsin. Assembly Bills 234, 235, 236, and 237 take crucial first steps in providing resources and direction for homelessness services. Representative Steineke’s bill, AB 234, will create an interagency council on homelessness to better coordinate strategies and funding for homeless services.

“These bills are focused on giving both care providers and the homeless population essential tools to combat homelessness,” said Rep. Steineke. “We want every person in Wisconsin to have a place to call home.”

Addressing the issue of homelessness was a priority in the Assembly Republican Forward Agenda. The bills received legislative approval in the Assembly and now move to the Senate for consideration.

The legislative package received support from leaders in homelessness services, including Carrie Poser, Director at Wisconsin Continuum of Care, and Joe Volk, Executive Director at Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness. “[The bills] will actually result in change,” said Poser during her testimony in favor of the legislation.

Along with the creation of the interagency council on homelessness, the bills would allow the state to better utilize existing funds for combating homelessness, create a pilot program to provide funding for a community program designed to connect homeless adults with permanent employment, and authorize the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) to prioritize chronically homeless individuals and families for housing vouchers.