Homeless count to take place in Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties
On the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 29 and into the morning hours of Jan. 30, the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness (N*WISH) Continuum of Care will be joining homeless coalitions around the state in completing a local count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Staff and volunteers will count persons in shelters for the night as well as persons residing on the streets, under bridges or similar places not meant for human habitation.
The collected data will assist the community in understanding the scope and size of local homelessness, engage individuals in programs and service development, and in applying for state and federal funding.
This year the kick-off event will be at the Northern Advantage Job Center. Members of the N*WISH CoC will have an outreach and education booth Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to an event that will provide information about homelessness in our communities and resources available. Refreshments will be provided.
The Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness (N*WISH) Continuum of Care was established in November of 2009. This collaborative system exists to increase awareness and acts to promote and support the eradication of homelessness in Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties. N*WISH is comprised of various state government and public housing agencies; non-profit and faith-based organizations as well as funding and advocacy groups.
For more information, call Lori Hallas at 715-365-7842.