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Milwaukee Continuum of Care to Complete Annual Count of the Homeless

January 21, 2020

MILWAUKEE— The Milwaukee Continuum of Care homeless services consortium will be leading a 2020 Point in Time count on Wednesday, January 22 to capture an accurate representation of how many people experience homelessness on a single night in Milwaukee County.

During last year’s Point in Time count on January 23, 2019, 885 people were counted as experiencing homelessness. Information gathered through the Point in Time count supports the Milwaukee Continuum of Care’s strategic planning efforts to provide appropriate solutions to address local homelessness.

In addition, the 2020 Point in Time event provides those experiencing homelessness in Milwaukee County with contact from street outreach teams, 2-1-1 services, access to warming rooms for shelter, connections to public benefits and fulfillment of basic needs, such as winter clothing and hygiene items.

“Conducting an accurate count of the homeless individuals in Milwaukee helps us understand how to allocate resources and refocus our efforts. The Milwaukee Continuum of Care’s yearly count is a meaningful event that provides us with the most reliable data to continue making positive change in the community,” said Mayor Tom Barrett.

Over the last ten years, annual Point in Time counts have helped track a 77% decrease in people experiencing chronic homelessness and a 45% decrease in total veterans experiencing homelessness.

The Continuum of Care’s years of experience organizing Point in Time counts were made possible due to federal funding for Milwaukee’s permanent, supportive housing programs that work to end homelessness for single adults with disabilities, families, veterans and youth.

The Point in Time count involves the coordination of multiple partners: community street outreach teams, donation drive organizers, local emergency and transitional shelters, warming room organizers, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, youth homeless service providers, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Hunger Task Force and community service organizations.

Anyone experiencing homelessness is welcome to seek shelter at Milwaukee warming rooms on the night of Wednesday, January 22. Those in need may contact 2-1-1 for access to shelter, transportation and related services.

Point in Time Count Overnight Warming Room Information for January 22, 2020:

St. Ben’s Meal Program
924 W. State St.
Open 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Serves single adults experiencing homelessness.

Pathways
1615 S. 22nd St.
Open 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Serves single adults experiencing homelessness.

One God Ministry
7301 W. Burleigh St.
Open 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Serves families experiencing homelessness.

Divine Intervention Ministry to the Homeless, Tippecanoe Church
125 W. Saveland Ave.
Open 6 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Serves single adults experiencing homelessness.
Call 2-1-1 for entry.

Ephesians Missionary Baptist Church
2412 N. 6th St.
Open 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Serves single adults experiencing homelessness.

Repairers of the Breach
1335 W. Vliet St.
Open 8 p.m. – 7 a.m. if the temperature is 20 degrees or below.
Guests must arrive no later than 10 p.m.
Serves single adults experiencing homelessness.

Wilson Park Senior Center
2601 W. Howard Ave.
Open 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.
Serves single adults experiencing homelessness.
Call 2-1-1 for entry.

Any questions regarding the Point in Time count and requests for data should be sent to Nancy Esteves, HMIS Manager, at Nancy.esteves@icalliances.org or (414) 477-4007.

To speak with Mayor Tom Barrett about the Continuum of Care and Point in Time count, please email Lexi Laverdiere at alaver@milwaukee.gov with any media requests.

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ABOUT THE MILWAUKEE CONTINUUM OF CARE:

The Milwaukee Continuum of Care was established in 1998 as the entity responsible for coordinating the community’s annual Supportive Housing Program application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Milwaukee has served as the lead agency for the Milwaukee Continuum of Care since 2012.

The Milwaukee Continuum of Care is recognized by local government, the State of Wisconsin, and the federal government as the group responsible for planning, organizing, and evaluating the continuum of services for homeless individuals and families in Milwaukee County. The Milwaukee Continuum of Care is a 100+ member strong coalition open to any organization or individual interested in services and advocacy for people experiencing homelessness. The Milwaukee Continuum of Care anticipates releasing a dynamic multiyear strategic plan to address homelessness in Milwaukee County in late 2020.


 

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