CITY SUPPORT FOR HOUSING FIRST
Mayor Paul Soglin's affordable housing plan is
a very welcome and needed addition to the Housing
First initiative underway in this community. And while
it is first and foremost a response to poverty and
income inequity it's not a stretch to foresee an impact
on racial disparities as well.
The plan builds on the work of United Way of Dane
County and a coalition of housing advocates in making
permanent housing a focus of efforts to fight poverty
and homelessness. But while that work has appropriately
targeted families, Soglin's plan expands the reach
to chronically homeless singles through construction
of new, permanent units and providing support services.
It is in many ways a bold plan. But it promises significant
The proposal wisely leverages federal affordable
housing tax credits and existing city funds, and frankly
the 20-million dollar price tag is appropriate to
the scope and seriousness of the effort. Homelessness
is a big problem deserving a big solution. Soglin's
proposal is part of that solution and we welcome it.