Plan to End Chronic Homelessness


“Incremental progress is no longer good enough for our community. We are ending chronic homelessness. And we are doing it in three years.”

                                                                    – County Executive Chris Abele


County Executive Abele introducing the Plan to End Chronic Homeless at the site of the new Thurgood Marshall Apartments. June 9, 2015  


An ambitious new approach will end chronic homeless in Milwaukee County by 2018 through an innovative partnership, increased funding, and strategic service placement. Starting July 1st, Milwaukee County is moving from the traditional approach of providing short-term subsistence through the provision of shelter beds and towards a plan that empowers the chronically homeless by providing housing that is permanent.


This initiative focuses on a dramatic expansion of the Housing First concept. Housing First is based on the concept that a homeless individual or household’s first and primary need is to obtain stable permanent housing. Other issues that affect the household are addressed once housing is obtained. National data shows this model provides very successful outcomes and dramatically reduces public service costs. 


Download the 3 Year Plan to End Chronic Homeless 

Download Additional Information about the Plan


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For more information on the initiative, click here or contact the Milwaukee County Housing Division at 414-278-4894. For assistance in determining eligibility for housing, call the Section 8 hotline at 414-278-4894.




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