475+ homeless individuals already placed through Housing First
Since September 2015, Milwaukee County Housing Division has placed more than 475+ chronically homeless individuals into permanent supportive housing through its Housing First initiative. Although in its infancy the local program has a 96% retention rate. Meanwhile, national figures indicate approximately 84% of chronically homeless individuals maintain housing longer than 12 months*.
*Stefancic, A. + Tsemberis, S. J Primary Prevent (2007) 28:265.do:-10.1007/S10935-007-0093-9
To elevate awareness of our community’s quality of life programs, which are key in effectively assisting citizens with mental health and substance abuse issues, and improve the quality of life for Milwaukee citizens and its visitors.
The Key to Change campaign is the result of a collaborative partnership among Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21 (BID #21), Milwaukee County Housing Division, City of Milwaukee, Marquette University, Milwaukee Police Department, the City Attorney’s Office and District Attorney’s Office. The campaign is also supported by other downtown neighborhood organizations, which include the Westown Association, East Town Association and Historic Third Ward Association.