United Way has convened an advisory board of experts to examine all angles of homelessness, including root causes, people affected, and proven solutions.
The 2020 priorities are to amplify free legal representation for families facing eviction cases, to provide emergency financial assistance for families at risk of eviction or foreclosure, and to create a dedicated Rental Housing Resource Center for tenants and landlords to contact to prevent an eviction notice and be connected to the aforementioned resources. United Way continues to fund emergency shelters and winter warming rooms, but have now gotten ahead of the issue by investing in strategies that prevent homelessness in the first place.
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.
Staff Lead: Krystina Kohler, Portfolio Manager – Financial Stability, 414.263.818, Email