Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service July 12, 2016
“I was always struggling with that adult supervision. I am an adult… but, I was always being watched. It robs you of your self-confidence,” he said. “I’m not being watched here so my decisions are my own — the good, bad and the ugly.” - Robert, a Housing First Resident
“The flexibility of this program will allow for (individuals) to be successful in ways that, in the past, they were not able to...Once people are in a safe environment, they are comfortable, allowing service providers to build programs around the person.” - Philip Connelly
"The Thurgood Marshall Apartments building is the first of its kind in the state of Wisconsin."
"We do our own homeless outreach here in Milwaukee County - along with various partners - so we are finding these folks directly on the street. These outreach workers have a tremendous job." - Jim Mathy
"The whole concept behind Housing First is built on the recognition to layer conditions on these persons just doesn't work. The data is there that providing them housing first is a much more effective way of getting them off the streets where not only are they costing the system more, tragically they are dying on the street." - Brian Sullivan
“We had a guy who’s been, in an encampment in the woods for years who finally said to me a couple of weeks ago that he wants to talk to me about housing in the fall. That’s pretty cool to me.” - Eric Collins-Dyke, Outreach Services Manager, Milwaukee County Housing Division.
Bader Philanthropies of Milwaukee has awarded a $100,000 grant to Milwaukee County for a new program aimed at ending chronic homelessness by 2018.
Similar programs in other U.S. communities have cut frequency and costs of police intervention with homeless individuals, and reduced hospital emergency room visits and use of detox facilities by the homeless.
“Although the County has been involved in addressing homelessness for years, we decided that incremental progress was no longer good enough for our community. We are ending chronic homelessness. And we are doing it in three years." - Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Executive
“This initiative is a creative and cost-effective extension of the City/County/Housing Authority partnership that, since 2008, has provided nearly 500 new permanent supportive housing units for individuals and families at risk of homelessness. Now, we are collaborating to address the needs of the most challenging segment of the homeless population in our community.” - Mayor Tom Barrett
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service August 5, 2015
“Homelessness is typically secondary to mental health, substance abuse, economic problems. A lot of times, they’ve had some type of trauma in the past.” - Chad Stiles, Milwaukee Police Department - Homeless Outreach Team
“Research has shown that a client is much more likely to maintain their housing, less likely to go back into a homeless situation, if they have that supportive service piece attached to their housing. The number one thing is that housing piece. A roof over their head can give them so much more stability than being out in the elements. Once they get into housing, a case manager can work with them.” - Nancy Monarrez, Institute for Community Alliances
The program will ultimately save the public money by decreasing visits to emergency rooms, police calls and other social services paid by taxpayers.
Our goal really is to get you into housing immediately and then we wrap supportive services around you, whether that be mental health treatment, alcohol and drug treatment, representation through court processes, whatever it might be.
Program participants will receive case management services from the Milwaukee County Housing Division to address mental health and substance abuse issues. Case managers also will assess job readiness and help program participants find work.
“Not only will this be a life-changing event for those that are experiencing homelessness, but national data shows that implementing Housing First also results in savings from reduced public service costs.” - Jim Mathy, Milwaukee County Housing Division Administrator
New Milwaukee collaboration aims to stamp out chronic homelessness
June 8, 2015
"The whole strategy here is to change that paradigm from providing services to prepare people for permanent housing to providing housing and at the same time giving them the help they need to succeed." - Mayor Tom Barrett
The target clients will be those who have a disability and have been homeless for more than a year, or who have experienced at least four bouts of homelessness in the last three years.