While recent reports have covered substantial grants and donations that have gone straight to non-profits within Milwaukee, another stream of about $25 million will be affecting the state as a whole. The goal with this federal money is to keep the ten-year-long trend of reducing homelessness in Wisconsin. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development provided the grant as a result of the 28.3% drop in Wisconsin’s homeless since 2010.
Different counties and areas will receive the funds as needed, but the overall goal is the same: housing and proper support services. The Executive Director of the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO), stated that the grant money would surely make an impact.
This grant money will also help those who are disabled and on the streets to move into formal housing and start the case management process. Many people who experienced homelessness are coming into this for various projects, the first in the Racine area is a warming center where the city can count their homeless population and begin making accommodations.
Milwaukee is receiving a large portion of these funds, given the substantial homeless population and the high need for disability assistance. Many homeless people have disabilities, either physical or mental. Additionally, many of them face addiction and other challenges that can make creating stable life changes difficult. With the proper housing, support, and disability assistance available, these people will have the chance to utilize social systems available to disabled people to obtain a steady income, find work that accommodates them, and locate housing that meets ADA standards.
As the city continues to grow and progress, one of the biggest obstacles if updating old buildings and making them disabled-compliant. With the people on these projects, people in need can get help for disabled housing, they need to contact one of our SSDI lawyers for assistance.