From Holly Anderle:
On the day of the Longest Night of the year, December 21st it has become a tradition to lift up our voices to God in prayer for our brothers and sisters who are experiencing homelessness and other types of loss. We focus our thoughts on those for whom the cold and dark are all too real, too painful, and often very threatening. While we are grateful that we will only be reading the name of one person who passed away this year while homeless, we recognize that even one is still too many and there is still so much work to do! Our service begins at 12:00 noon at Living Faith Lutheran Church (Formerly Atonement), 2915 Wright Ave. Please come join us this Wednesday and light a candle in the darkness to help them light their way home. #CoC #ContinuumofCareRacine #ShelterForAll #ThisIsOurFamily
The annual HUD CoC grant competition is in progress. These funds are available for new or renewal permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, HMIS and coordinated entry projects. Additionally, renewal supportive services only projects may apply. The HUD allocation for Racine County includes $896,491 in renewal funding, $43,002 for a CoC planning project and $71,670 in bonus funds for new housing projects that meet HUD’s specified criteria.
Thank you Megan Brennan, AmeriCorps VISTA, for compiling the data and writing the report. Thank you to staff at HALO and Legal Action for administering the survey.
There seems to be some confusion as to what is required to enter a shelter that utilizes HUD funding. The answer is that no documentation is required. You will be required to sign a statement that you are homeless, but that is all that is needed if you do not have other 3rd party documentation, such as an eviction notice. Signing the statement that you are homeless is sufficient proof for HUD that you are homeless. HUD also does not require proof of identity, citizenship, residency in a particular city or county or a background check to be admitted to shelter. There are other HUD funded programs that require certain third party documentation but shelter does not. Please see this February 2015 FAQ from HUD for details.
The data presentation from this evening’s Community Conversation is now available on our Documents Page! We were delighted by the turnout and we look forward to continued community involvement in our efforts to end homelessness in Racine County. Stay tuned for more information about how you can be involved!
On JANUARY 28, 2015 PLEASE HELP US MAKE SURE NO ONE IS LIVING UNSHELTERED IN RACINE COUNTY. The Continuum of Care for the City and County of Racine, U.A. invites you to join us for the Point In Time Street Outreach event on January 28th. During this street outreach event, unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness in Racine County will be offered shelter and services by community providers and volunteers. The information we collect during the event will help us identify gaps in service, and give us important feedback on how we can best serve the homeless population in Racine County.
Please visit our Point in Time page to find more information and join our team.
Prepared by the Institute for Community Alliances (ICA) from data entered into Wisconsin Service Point (WISP) by homeless service providers in Wisconsin this reports provides a snapshot of homelessness in Wisconsin in 2013. Included in the report is data specific to Racine County.
Published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, ‘The State of Homelessness in America 2014’ is the fourth in a series of reports that chart progress in ending homelessness in the United States. It examines trends in homelessness between 2012 and 2013, trends in populations at-risk of homelessness from 2011 to 2012, trends in assistance available to persons experiencing homelessness, and establishes a baseline from which to measure changes in the homeless assistance system enacted by the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act.
Read the full report here: http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/the-state-of-homelessness-2014