How prevalent is family homelessness in our four-county region?
In our four county community over 5,700 people experiencing homelessness accessed emergency shelter in 2017.
Why are families struggling with homelessness?
One of the reasons is the affordable housing wage gap.
Affordable Housing Wage Gap
To be able to afford a two bedroom home in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, or Waukesha County, a person would need to earn $17.52 per hour, yet the average renter wages for those counties are $16.44, $11.51, $12.50, and $14.33, respectively.
Homelessness in our four-county community
United Way has convened an advisory board of experts to examine all angles of homelessness, including root causes, people affected, and proven solutions.
The 2021 priorities are to amplify free legal representation for families facing eviction cases, to expand landlord/tenant mediation services across our four-county area, to provide emergency financial assistance and case management for families at risk of eviction or foreclosure, and to support the Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center as a central hub of connection to eviction-prevention resources for tenants and landlords.
- Move families from emergency shelters to permanent homes
- Ensure recently homeless families stay stably housed
- Prevent family homelessness
Preventing Homelessness Advisory Committee
Preliminary discussions were held with the Milwaukee Continuum of Care, IMPACT, Milwaukee County Housing Division, and the Wisconsin Policy Forum regarding background on the issue, the direction of this initiative and how United Way can best fill gaps in the continuum of funding to end homelessness. Discussions to define scope, metrics, and cross-county success are continuing to be held with the below advisory committee:
Rafael Acevedo, City of Milwaukee
Tim Baack, Pathfinders
Angelina Bailey, Community Member
Mike Bare, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
Eric Collins-Dyke, Milwaukee County Housing Division
Andi Elliot, Community Advocates
Nancy Esteves, Institute for Community Alliances
Kerry Frieberg, Froedtert Health
Jeanne Geraci, Benedict Center
Mark Huber, Advocate Aurora
Emily Kenney, IMPACT
Maudwella Kirkendoll, Community Advocates
Krystina Kohler, United Way
Amy Koltz, Metro Milwaukee Mediation Services, Inc.
Judy Loth, Adullum Family Warming Center
Kristi Luzar, Urban Economic Development Association
Steve Mahan, City of Milwaukee
Angela Mancuso, The Women’s Center
Jim Mathy, Milwaukee County Housing Division
Joy Neilson, State of Wisconsin
Joe Peterangelo, Wisconsin Policy Forum
Joe Pieper, City of Waukesha
Johneisha Prescott, Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha County
Raphael Ramos, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Antwayne Robertson, Waukesha County Health & Human Services
Wendy Weckler, Hope House
Jan Wilberg, Wilberg Community Planning
Joanne Lipo Zovic, Metro Milwaukee Mediation Services, Inc.