Wisconsin Senate approves 1 of 8 homelessness bills

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MADISON, Wis. —  The Wisconsin Senate has passed one of eight bills that are part of a bipartisan package designed to fight homelessness.

The Assembly in June approved all eight bills, which would spend a combined $3.7 million a year. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and other advocates had urged the Senate to give final approval before winter so services could be bolstered before cold temperatures and snow set in.

The bill the Senate approved Tuesday would increase funding for grants for homeless shelters by $500,000 in each of the next two years.