Our Strategy


Our Strategy


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.

The Plan

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, 414.263.8181, Email

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