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Milwaukee County grants residents 'right to shelter'

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 12:29:44-05

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County has declared the "right to shelter" for all Milwaukee County residents who may need a place to stay this winter.

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution from Supervisor Ryan Clancy, which allows for Milwaukee County residents experiencing chronic homelessness and without access to safe housing to have access to shelter.

“Milwaukee County’s commitment to ending homelessness is something we can all be proud of, but we must also reaffirm this commitment with additional resources when necessary,” said Clancy. "The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated housing insecurity and we have the responsibility to support our neighbors in need.”

The resolution would provide additional beds at shelters and creates two second-shift positions in the Department of Health and Human Service’s Housing Division.

Clancy's resolution aligns with four budget amendments that the board is considering Monday.

All Supervisors will have the opportunity to vote on each of the amendments on Monday when the full Board convenes to set and adopt the final 2021 budget, pending possible vetoes from the County Executive.

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