Editorial: Plan to prevent homelessness
MADISON, Wis. — One of the best things Wisconsin state government has done in the last few years is create a comprehensive approach to dealing with homelessness in the state. This week, that commitment began to pay off.
The Wisconsin Interagency Council on Homelessness, a bipartisan and multi-disciplinary coalition chaired by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch completed a year of study and research by releasing a 30-page plan called “A Hand and a Home: Foundations for Success.”
Most importantly, it is a “housing first” model, a strategy already adopted by the city of Madison and United Way of Dane County that puts homeless people in permanent housing. It provides funds for some housing costs, for skills building, for landlords to make repairs and, critically, for case management.
The initial $3.5 million commitment is clearly not enough. But this is still a hugely important first step. It begins to get at the heart of the problem, and it shows state government is actually capable of functioning as it should.
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