Doyle Announces $5.4 Million in Grants For Affordable Housing and to Assist
Grants Will Assist Homeless Individuals in 14 Counties
Governor Jim Doyle announced today $5.4 million in grants from the Department
of Commerce for organizations in 14 counties to provide affordable housing
and assist Wisconsin's homeless families. The grants are from the statewide
Continuum of Care Supportive Housing Program, administered by the Department
of Commerce's Bureau of Housing.
"An important part of having a strong, prosperous state is ensuring there
is access to affordable housing," Governor Doyle said. "By providing funding
to agencies across the state to assist in providing permanent and transitional
housing and services, we will help homeless families find a place to live,
and become more self-sufficient."
Continuum of Care grants help agencies provide permanent and transitional
housing to homeless persons. In addition, these grants fund important
services including job training, health care, mental health counseling,
substance abuse treatment, and child care.
Since 1997, the Department of Commerce has brought more than $40 million
in federal funding into Wisconsin through this program. The U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development provides funding for the Continuum of
Care Supportive Housing grants to help develop supportive housing and
supportive services to assist homeless people in the transition to independent
The Continuum of Care program has three overarching goals: assist program
participants to obtain and remain in permanent housing; assist participants
in increasing skills and/or income with a goal of being economically self-sufficient;
and assist program participants in gaining the needed confidence to make
the transition out of homelessness.
The grant recipients are as follows:
City of Appleton, Outagamie County, $511,591
The City of Appleton will use the funds to serve Fox Cities area homeless
families and individuals that have a documented disability and need ongoing
supportive services in order to live independently. The agency will create
a permanent supportive housing environment that features six permanent
Richard's Place, Inc. (Whiterock), Waukesha, Waukesha County $112,555
Richard's Place, Inc. will use the funds to continue operating a four-bed
transitional housing facility for persons with HIV/AIDS and offering end-of-life
care when required. The agency will also provide case management to up
to 40 additional individuals living independently in the community. Richard's
Place, Inc. is the only Wisconsin facility that offers end-of-life care
for HIV/AIDS individuals.
Couleecap, Inc., Westby, Vernon County, $359,805
Couleecap, Inc. will use the funds to support its Transitional Housing
program. This program is designed to provide limited term affordable housing
to homeless individuals and families who are leaving shelters or other
temporary accommodations and need assistance in returning to independent
living situations. This program serves homeless individuals and families
in La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, and Crawford Counties.
Starting Points, Inc., Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, $499,864
Starting Points, Inc. will use the funds to provide 75 households with
24 months of transitional housing and supportive services. The supportive
services include rental subsidy payments, education and employment counseling,
and housing/tenant education. The agency will serve homeless teen parents,
adult homeless households with children, and homeless single persons with
Gov. Doyle hands a check to Patsy Mbguni, Planner at CAP Service, Inc.
ADVOCAP, Inc., Fond du Lac, $158,584
ADVOCAP, Inc. will use the funds to provide supportive services to homeless
individuals and families in Winnebago and Green Lake Counties. This agency's
goal is to help homeless individuals and families overcome barriers and
achieve greater self-determination capacity to move into and maintain
CAP Services, Inc., Stevens Point, Portage County, $105,025
CAP Services, Inc. will use the funds to support its Transitional Housing
Project. This project provides affordable housing and support services
to victims of domestic abuse who have chosen to leave their abusers. CAP
Services, Inc. helps families identify needs, set goals and priorities,
and make an action plan with incremental steps toward goals. This project
provides housing and services for residents of Portage, Waupaca, Waushara,
and Marquette Counties.
ADVOCAP, Inc., Fond du Lac, $197,658
ADVOCAP, Inc. will use the funds to help homeless individuals and families
overcome barriers and achieve greater self-determination capacity to move
into and maintain permanent housing. The agency provides supportive services
to homeless individuals and families in Fond du Lac County.
Forward Services Corporation, Madison, Dane County, $393,741
Forward Services Corporation will use the funds to provide 50 households
with 12 months of transitional housing programs, including assisting the
individuals in moving from transitional to permanent housing. The agency
targets unemployed or underemployed women who are the head of household,
have children, and are unable to meet the financial needs of the family.
Forward Service Corporation serves Brown, Forest, Langlade, Marinette,
Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, and Vilas Counties.
Kenosha Human Development Services, Inc., Kenosha, Kenosha County,
Kenosha Human Development Services, Inc. will use the funds to provide
transitional housing services for single homeless adults at the Kenosha
YMCA. The services include transportation, medical expenses, and rental
assistance after participants successfully completing the program. The
agency will make staff available during the evening at the YMCA to serve
as a resource for other low-income and homeless individuals.
Gov. Doyle hands a check to Lisa Haen, Transitional Housing Program Coordinator at Kenosha Human Development Services, Inc.
West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc., Glenwood City,
St. Croix County, $427,009
West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc. will use the funds
to provide scattered-site transitional housing with supportive services
to at least 35 homeless households. Participants and case managers will
select a residence that will be leased by the agency and subleased to
the participant. Participants will assume lease at the end of their participation
in the program. This agency serves Barron, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk,
and St. Croix Counties.
Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc., Independence,
Trempealeau County, $264,926
Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. will use the funds
to provide transitional housing, case management, employment related counseling
and services to homeless families with children, single victims of domestic
violence, and pregnant women. The project will serve 435 homeless individuals
annually in Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson and Trempealeau Counties.
Lakeshore CAP, Inc., Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, $117, 663
Lakeshore CAP, Inc. will use the funds to coordinate services delivered
to homeless individuals, and provide case management for homeless individuals
and families needing assistance. This agency serves Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc,
and Sheboygan Counties.
Community Action, Inc., of Rock and Walworth Counties, Janesville,
Community Action, Inc. will use the funds to offer affordable permanent
housing and case management to homeless individuals with disabilities.
The agency has identified this population as being undeserved and unable
to secure and/or maintain permanent housing. The agency will make available
10 one-bedroom and four efficiency units in Rock and Walworth Counties.
Richard's Place, Inc. (Main Street), Waukesha, Waukesha County, $434,524
Richard's Place, Inc. will use the funds to develop a permanent housing
project for individuals with HIV/AIDS. The agency will help four to five
individuals annually. The permanent housing project will serve the health-related
needs of individuals with HIV/AIDS who require a permanent supportive
Gov. Doyle hands a check to Jim Schwartz, Executive Director of Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. and Kiyoko Fiedler, Grant Writer at Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, Inc., Superior, Douglas
Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, Inc. will use the funds
to help homeless individuals obtain permanent housing. Through a self-sufficiency
plan, it will help the participants obtain safe, permanent housing, and
employment or other means of income as well as address other barriers
that affect their ability to find and maintain housing. The agency will
lease 12 units in Bayfield and Ashland Counties.
Starting Points, Inc., Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, $348,022
Starting Points, Inc. will use the funds to provide six permanent housing
units to homeless men with chronic mental illness, disabilities, and/or
alcohol or drug abuse issues. The agency will provide long-term housing
support, reduced housing costs, and supportive services to address the
individual's needs through assessment and the development of individual
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Madison, Dane
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin will use the funds
to assist 20 Jefferson County households move from homelessness to permanent
housing. The agency will lease the units and sublease them to the participants.
The transitional housing will be combined with intensive case management
and related support services to assist each household in achieving their
goals related to residential stability and self-sufficiency.
- Tony Hozeny
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