Milwaukee recognized for having lowest unsheltered homeless population in the US

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- On April 7, the City of Milwaukee of was recognized for having the lowest unsheltered homeless population in the nation.

Milwaukee County, the City of Milwaukee, key business leaders and community partners made that announcement on April 7 at the 3rd Street Market Hall.

Last year, 17 unsheltered individuals were counted, represented over a 70 percent reduction from the previous year.

Milwaukee County invests funds into housing first programs, which has helped the city combat homelessness.

"When you can't count on a roof you know you're being over your head, it brings stress. It can bring complications and I know first-hand facing evictions early on in my life as a teenager," said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley.

Since the start of the county's housing first program in 2015, Milwaukee has seen a 92 percent reduction in the unsheltered population.

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