Homelessness in Milwaukee down significantly in recent years, officials say

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Much work needs to be done but there are encouraging signs when it comes to homelessness throughout the city and county of Milwaukee. 

Mayor Tom Barrett declared this week "Milwaukee Homelessness Awareness Week." 

Officials say homelessness has decreased by 43 percent from 2015 to 2019 in Milwaukee. 

The city is leading the "Continuum of Care" which is a network of more than 100 organizations working to end homelessness in Milwaukee. 

United Way says they are investing in services and has a goal of ending family homelessness by 2025 through the Safe and Stable Home initiative. 

County officials say they are working to help big families get homes in Milwaukee. 

“I think this is something we’re trying to tap into on our end particularly with the CARE Act dollars and realizing housing resources. Not only for their consultation, but for their mortgage assistance," said Eric Collins-Dyke, assistant administrator of Supportive Housing and Homeless Services. "We’re also exploring different ways in our sector eight program for the next year or two to expand into home ownership so moving from tenant-based vouchers for individuals and families to home ownership.”

If you or someone you know wants help with homelessness, call 2-1-1 for help. 

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