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United Way contributes $75,000 to help homeless population

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 16:50:47-04

MILWAUKEE — The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is contributing $75,000 to assist in the transition of the homeless population living underneath Interstate 794 beneath the Marquette Interchange.

The state recently announced that about 90 individuals living in the area will have until Oct. 31 to vacate the premises.

“While United Way has launched an initiative to end family homelessness by 2025, we could not ignore the people currently experiencing homelessness living outside in tents,” said Nicole Angresano, vice president of Community Impact for United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. “In partnership with Milwaukee County's Housing Division, we will support the dignified and temporary housing of up to 90 adults, all of whom will be offered voluntary case management and have an opportunity to be assessed for housing.”

James Mathy, the housing administrator for the Milwaukee County Housing Division, said the goal is to find housing for everyone as soon as possible.

“Through our Housing First initiative, we will continue daily outreach to those at the encampment in an effort to quickly bring people indoors before the weather changes. The ultimate goal is always to find permanent housing for those that are outdoors. Housing ends homelessness.”