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President & CEO John Hyatt's powerful pledge to the community
By: John Hyatt, President & CEO
The Struggle is Real
By: John Hyatt, President & CEO
John Hyatt named IMPACT President & CEO
By: Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing and Communications
Thank you for everything
by Michael G. Davis, President and CEO Posted: December 1, 2015
IMPACT 2-1-1 among largest 2-1-1 providers
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications Posted: March 30, 2015
‘Tis the Season
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications Posted: December 22, 2014.
New housing for families in Milwaukee County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
by Wyatt Massey, IMPACT Marketing & Communications Intern. Posted: May 28, 2014.
IMPACT 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service Expands to Nine Counties
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications. Posted: February 11, 2014.
Pocket Change
Michael G. Davis, President & CEO, IMPACT. Posted: December 19, 2013.
LEADING INDICATORS. LEADING CHANGE.
By Michael Davis, President & CEO. Posted: June 13, 2013.
We’re in the big leagues now
By Michael Davis, President & CEO. Posted: April 29, 2013.
2-1-1s Bolstering Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications. Posted: November 12, 2012.
IMPACT 2-1-1 and Hunger Task Force Team up to Feed Kids This Summer
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications Posted: June 6, 2012
Off the Streets & Out of Harm's Way
by Bob Waite, IMPACT 2-1-1 Program Director Posted: April 12, 2012
Looking Back. Moving Forward.
by Bob Waite, IMPACT 2-1-1 Program Director Posted: February 6, 2012

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New housing for families in Milwaukee County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

by Wyatt Massey, IMPACT Marketing & Communications Intern

Finding emergency shelter in an overburdened system, as is the case in Milwaukee County, can be tough. When those searching for housing are families, it gets even tougher. IMPACT 2-1-1 call statistics reflect the areas of greatest need; and the numbers regarding families are telling.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, IMPACT 2-1-1 received 867 unduplicated requests from families in Milwaukee County seeking shelter. However, only 57 emergency shelter family rooms exist in the county.       

Thanks to Heartland Housing, a branch of Heartland Alliance, a new $10 million apartment complex is now available for permanent housing for families who are homeless or at risk. Maskani Place opened in January 2014 and is located at 320 E. Center St. in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood. It offers 37 units to families.

The apartments are subsidized so that rent will amount to no more than 30% of a resident’s income, meaning that residents will be able to stay long term.

Frequently, callers seeking permanent housing options were sent to shelter in order to document their homelessness. Often this meant taking up limited shelter beds, just to receive documentation. However, IMPACT 2-1-1’s new Coordinated Entry program is helping ease the process and get clients, and in this case families, into supportive housing without having to stay in emergency shelter.

Coordinated Entry allows clients to make one call to IMPACT 2-1-1 to find housing and not call each shelter individually. IMPACT staff is able to refer clients to the best fit or find other options based on specific client needs and vulnerability. In the case of Maskani Place, IMPACT 2-1-1 is able to utilize their own call data in order to provide the necessary homeless documents needed to enter housing.

Thanks to the help of the dedicated IMPACT 2-1-1 staff and our allies at Heartland Housing, families are finding housing solutions like Maskani Place.