We know our donors and community care deeply about children and families. We know that with the support of others in the community, and everyone working together, we can move the needle and support programs that already exist and offer solutions. We know that when we end family homelessness by 2025, the funds that are currently being targeted for emergency services can now be targeted at prevention and toward other homeless populations.
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