IT IS NOT FRONT OF MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF THE WISCONSIN
BUT IT IS WHAT RESIDENTS
THERE ARE FOCUSING ON: HOMELESSNESS.
-- MICHELLE --
IT IS A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM - ESPECIALLY FOR FAMILIES
AS NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER TELLS US - THE COMMUNITY
BELIEVES THEY'VE ALSO FOUND A SIGNIFICANT SOLUTION.
well, we get between four and five million visitors
FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD THEY COME - TO FILL HOTELS
AND LUXURY RESORTS.
BUT FOR YEARS NOW - THERE WASN'T NECESSARILY ROOM
i don't want to say a dark secret, but the community
recognized that there was a problem and the dells
has a very historic image of having great hospitality,
but sometimes we weren't applying that hospitality
to the people that lived in our own backyard.
THE TOURISM INDUSTRY HERE CREATES A LOT OF JOBS...BUT
NOT ALL THEM PAY ENOUGH TO KEEP A FAMILY AFLOAT.
they may be living in motels, they may be living in
cars or storage units.
IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS THOSE FAMILIES WILL FINALLY
FIND A HOME
this is stepping stone supportive housing.
TWELVE APARTMENT UNITS THAT COME MAY 1ST WILL HOUSE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT WILL GIVE CHILDREN A PLACE
TO CALL HOME
immediate success will be measured by the smiles on
the kids faces coming out of their nice new apartment
versus coming out of the door of a motel.
FOUR YEARS AGO - WHEN THIS COMMUNITY FIRST STARTED
LOOKING FOR ANSWERS - THERE WERE 120 HOMELESS CHILDREN
IN WISCONSIN DELLS, A TOWN WITH A POPLUATION OF JUST
OVER 26 HUNDRED PEOPLE.
today that number has dropped all the way down to
34 as of today.
WHEN STEPPING STONE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING OPENS - THAT
NUMBER WILL DROP AGAIN.
it will be a step up, it is a hand up.
it is not a hand out, it is a hand up.
CREATING A PLACE FOR EVERYONE - BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT
it is a group effort.
it is a community problem and it is a community solution.
NOW TO BE VERY CLEAR - THIS FACILITY IS NOT A HOMELESS
SHELTER - IT IS PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING.
AND THEY HOPE THIS IS JUST THE FIRST STEP.
THEY ARE TEAMING WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND CREATING
PLANS TO BUILD HOMES.
ERIC AND MICHELLE - THE HOPE IS THESE FAMILIES CAN
EVENTUALLY BECOME HOMEOWNERS.
-- MICHELLE --