The Week in Review
Homelessness One Step at a Time
On Monday morning, several of my colleagues
and I traveled to Milwaukee for an in-depth
tour of homeless facilities and to meet with people that help homeless
individuals on a daily basis. The tour primarily focused on efforts to
eliminate barriers to stable housing, otherwise referred to as “housing
first” initiatives. Finding stable housing is the first step in the journey
to independence. After the tour we held a roundtable discussion with
volunteers and homeless advocates to learn about the challenges that many
communities encounter when trying to eliminate homelessness.
Back in April, Assembly Republicans took the first step toward addressing
homelessness in Wisconsin. Statistics suggest on any given day at least
20,000 people are homeless in Wisconsin. In the past, the Federal government
provided funding and programs to help combat homelessness but those funds
have dissipated over time.
The package of bills
passed by the Assembly provide work opportunities for homeless individuals,
streamline services available through state agencies, allow WHEDA to better
assist chronically homeless individuals and lastly, the creation of an
inter-agency council that will focus on efforts to end homelessness
throughout the state.
We have a long way to go, but we are making great strides in our efforts to
end homelessness in Wisconsin.
Have a great weekend!
South Milwaukee Heritage Days
The South Milwaukee Heritage Days are just
around the corner. The weeklong schedule of events were recently announced
beginning with the D.A.R.E. Golf Outing on Monday, July 24 and concluding
with the Great Duck Race on Saturday, July 30, in addition to other
activities scattered throughout the week. For the full list of events visit
the South Milwaukee Heritage Days
And don’t forget to say hello if you’re at the parade next Saturday!