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After Sitting Vacant for 30 Years, a Former Hospital is Reborn as a Resource Center for the Homeless

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by: Mark Doremus - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

St. Anthony Place is part of an ambitious effort to house and care for Milwaukee’s homeless population...

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Milwaukee County Celebrates Opening of St. Anthony Place  [video]

by: Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

On Friday, March 15, 2019, Milwaukee County joined Heartland Housing, Capuchin Community Services, Ascension Wisconsin, and others to open St. Anthony Place, a 60-unit apartment building focusing on providing permanent, supportive housing for the formerly homeless...

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Sixty Units of New Housing for Milwaukee's Homeless Unveiled Today at the Former St. Anthony's Hospital

Photo of St. Anthony's Hospital taken in 1965

by: Talis Shelbourne - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sixty units of supportive housing are now available to Milwaukee’s homeless population, thanks to the grand opening of the repurposed St. Anthony building downtown...

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'End Chronic Homelessness:' Grand Opening Ceremony Held for St. Anthony Place

Photo of St. Anthony Place from 10th and State

by: Christina Van Zelst - Fox6 News

Milwaukee reached a milestone on Friday, March 15 in the effort to combat homelessness. A grand opening ceremony was held Friday, March 15 for St. Anthony Place, the new permanent supportive housing development for Milwaukee’s homeless...

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Milwaukee County Provides More Than $2 Million in Support for St. Anthony Place, Opening Today to Support the Formerly Homeless

County Executive Chris Abele

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The historic, former St. Anthony’s Hospital, at 1004 N. 10th St., will soon have a new name and new purpose after more than three decades of sitting vacant...

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Milwaukee County Doctors Donate $100,000 to Help Homeless

County Executive Chris Abele accepts donation

by: Staff - WISN 12 News

The Medical Society of Milwaukee County has donated $100,000 to help the county's homeless population. The organization presented a check to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Saturday night, at the Wisconsin Club...

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‘Scrap it, Start Fresh, and Think:’ What Milwaukee Can Learn From New York City on Housing Young Offenders

Columbia University presents findings at Wisconsin Black Historical Society

by: Allison Dikanovic - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Reports chronicled instances of abuse, excessive use of force and inadequate mental health care. Among them: the death of a 15-year-old boy who died after being pinned down by prison staff members...

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Milwaukee Wants Its Juvenile Offenders Closer to Home, but Finding Alternatives to Lincoln Hills Proves Tough

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by: Mary Spicuzza - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

After years of revelations about inmate abuse at Wisconsin's youth prison, and the decision by state lawmakers to shut down the facility, there’s little disagreement about bringing Milwaukee’s youngest offenders closer to home...

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What DHHS Has Accomplished for Our Community

2017 DHHS Annual Report

2017 DHHS Annual Report

In 2017, DHHS...

  • Cut 30-day readmissions to our inpatient behavioral health hospital by nearly half since 2010
  • Reduced overall homelessness by about 40%
  • Reduced admissions to our youth detention center by nearly 20%
  • Created more than $4 million in economic impact through our Disability Benefits Specialist program
  • Processed 67,000 applications for energy assistance, a program record

2016 DHHS Annual Report

2016 DHHS Annual Report

In 2016, DHHS...

  • Created trauma response teams (with MPD) to respond to youth who have witnessed violence or been exposed to trauma
  • Reduced chronic homelessness by 77% countywide
  • Reduced the number of youth sent to Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake prisons by almost 57%
  • Connected more than 40 young adults with disabilities with employment after leaving high school

2015 DHHS Annual Report

2015 DHHS Annual Report

In 2015, DHHS...

  • Launched our initiative to end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County in three years
  • Reduced reliance on secure youth detention facilities by 25%
  • Launched an initiative to help youth with disabilities achieve employment when finishing high school
  • Created a community-based care system for those with long-term behavioral health needs

2014 DHHS Annual Report

2014 DHHS Annual Report

In 2014, DHHS...

  • Reduced emergency psychiatric admissions by 30%
  • Reduced youth justice referrals by police by more than 20%
  • Created crisis response teams for individuals with co-occurring intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Created a harm-reduction housing model for individuals with alcohol and other drug abuse issues

2013 DHHS Annual Report

2013 DHHS Annual Report

In 2013, DHHS...

  • Reduced psychiatric inpatient admissions by 30%
  • Added 40 more scattered-site, supportive housing units including case management and peer support services
  • Graduated its first class of youth from the Milwaukee County Accountability Program
  • Facilitated nearly $1 million in assistance and value to adults and children with disabilities

2012 DHHS Annual Report

2012 DHHS Annual Report

In 2012, DHHS...

  • Launched a new electronic health records system
  • Redesigned Emergency Medical Services training
  • Eliminated a 500-person waiting list for children with disabilities
  • Started a youth justice reform initiative with the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Received the HUD "Turning the Ocean Liner Around" award for improving CDBG and HOME programs

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  Who do I contact for information on FoodShare, BadgerCare, Medicaid (T19), Caretaker Supplement or Wisconsin Shares (Child Care)?

Call (800) 291-2002. To determine if you may qualify for these programs, visit If you need to speak to someone about your case, contact the Call Center (888) 947-6583. The verification fax number is (414) 438-4580.

  How do I report possible child abuse and/or neglect?

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call (414) 220-7233. This number is available 24-hours a day. The State of Wisconsin administers the Child Welfare Program.

  What is the Mental Health Crisis Line?

To talk to a counselor regarding a critical mental health issue, call (414) 257-7222, 24-hours a day.


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