Mayor Barrett and County Executive Crowley to Address Local State of Homelessness with Virtual Webinar
October 21, 2020
MILWAUKEE— Mayor Tom Barrett has declared October 18-24, 2020 as “Milwaukee Homelessness Awareness Week.” In observance, Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive David Crowley and local experts will present a brief webinar to address the local state of homelessness. Additional experts will be available on the call to answer specific questions about homelessness services. Following remarks, a brief Q&A of about 5-10 minutes will conclude the webinar.
The City of Milwaukee leads the Milwaukee Continuum of Care, a network of 100+ organizations such as the Milwaukee County Housing Division, Impact 2-1-1, homelessness service providers and United Way that are working to end homelessness in Milwaukee. Due to the focused collaboration of these organizations, homelessness has decreased by 43% between 2015 and 2019 in Milwaukee— from 1,358 individuals on any given night to 885. United Way is also investing in prevention services and has announced a goal to end family homelessness by 2025 through the Safe & Stable Homes collective impact initiative.
In observance of Milwaukee Homelessness Awareness Week, a series of events will be taking place across the city. These include: virtual “warrant withdrawal” court sessions provided by Judge Mosley for emergency shelter clients; “Project Homeless Connect,” which provides health and hygiene kits and warm weather items for all Milwaukee shelter clients and street outreach teams; United Way Community Conversations themed on the topic of “home;” virtual vision screenings at shelters provided by Prevent Blindness Wisconsin; and, a virtual celebration of great landlords hosted by Milwaukee County Housing Division.
- Mayor Tom Barrett
- Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley
- Krystina Kohler, Financial Stability Portfolio Manager, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
- Thursday, October 22 from 10-10:30 a.m.