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Who We Are

The Milwaukee Continuum of Care is a 100+ member strong coalition open to any organization or individual interested in services and advocacy for people experiencing homelessness. The Continuum meets monthly to work on issues and opportunities including the annual Supportive Housing Program application submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Continuum continues to work on a comprehensive 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.

Our Mission

The City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County Continuum of Care’s mission is to organize people and resources to end homelessness in Milwaukee.

About the Milwaukee Continuum of Care

The Milwaukee Continuum of Care covers the City of Milwaukee, City of West Allis, City of Wauwatosa and the remainder of Milwaukee County.

The Continuum was established in 1998 as the entity responsible for coordinating the community’s annual Supportive Housing Program application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More information about the Continuum of Care system across the U.S. can be found at the OneCPD Resource Exchange at www.onecpd.info or the Homelessness Resource Exchange at www.hudhre.info.

The Milwaukee Continuum of Care is recognized by local government, the State of Wisconsin, and the federal government as the group responsible for planning, organizing, and evaluating the continuum of services for homeless individuals and families.

Some of the Continuum’s key functions include:

  • Conducting monthly meetings to discuss current issues and opportunities. These meetings are also a forum for planning and problem-solving.
  • Organizing the semi-annual Homeless Point in Time Survey. This count occurs the last week in January and July. For more information, refer to our 2013 January Point In Time “You Count” Summary, which is located on the HMIS Data tab.
  • Coordinating the Homeless Management Information System that collects data on persons using federally-supported emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent housing.
  • Encouraging new permanent supportive housing development for individuals and families with disabilities.
  • Managing annual grant development efforts for the Emergency Shelter Grants and Supportive Housing Program.
  • Coordinating planning for special projects such as the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program that is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Developing a 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
  • Implementing a Coordinated Assessment system, a critical part of the 10 Year-Plan to End Homelessness. The system will improve efficiency and effectiveness with emphasis on homeless prevention.Coordinated Entry Implementation Timeline 2013 June Revision

More information about homelessness in the U.S. is available from the National Alliance to End Homelessness at www.endhomelessness.org and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness at www.ich.gov.

If You are Homeless

2-1-1 @ IMPACT is a 24-hour helpline. When you call 2-1-1, a Community Resource Specialist will help you locate services you need.

Call 2-1-1 from a landline.

Or if you are using a cell phone or pay phone, call 414-773-0211 or 866-211-3380.

How Can I Help?

There are several ways to help the Continuum work on its mission.

  • Become a member of the Milwaukee City & County Continuum of Care. Membership is an open invitation process. Get involved in the Continuum of Care monthly meetings and specialized work groups.  Sign up on our “About” page to get on our email list.
  • Volunteer at one of the emergency shelters, meal programs, transitional housing programs, Annual Project Homeless Connect event, or other service providers serving people experiencing homelessness.  Go to http://www.volunteermilwaukee.org/welcome.php to find out about current volunteer needs.
  • Donate money or resources.  If you are interested in donating to a specific shelter or program, please contact them directly. If you are interested in donating to the Continuum, please contact Jennifer Frey at jefrey@milwaukee.gov to get on our email list.

Upcoming Events

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