2018 Top 25
Winners:
County of Milwaukee, WI
May 9, 2019
Jurisdiction:
County of Milwaukee, WI

In 2015, the Milwaukee County Housing Division unveiled its “Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.” Since that time, the Housing Division has reduced chronic homelessness in the county by 80 percent, largely through superior tracking and outreach efforts as part of Milwaukee County’s Housing First Initiative.

The plan focuses on community-wide adoption of “housing first” principles, a dramatic expansion of permanent housing, and fostering new relationships with criminal justice partners, the business community, and philanthropic groups. The program works to identify every chronically homeless person by name and match them with housing, and the county has created a housing prioritization list to identify individuals before they become chronically homeless in the future.