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Ken Schmidt Gives Years of Service to Shelter Task Force

Feb 4

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After many years of service, Executive Director of Hope House, Ken Schmidt, has stepped down as Chair of the Shelter Task Force, passing on the lead to Tim Baack of Pathfinders. Ken states that “it was a joy to work with such competent and intelligent leaders” during his time as Chair.

The Shelter Task Force is a collaboration between Milwaukee’s emergency, youth, and domestic violence shelter leaders that seeks to provide the best possible service for the homeless. Agency leaders work together to quickly and efficiently move people off of the streets, into shelters, and into permanent housing. The shelters stabilize guests to enable them to obtain and maintain permanent housing. All of this is no easy task—thus the Shelter Task Force comes together to coordinate resources and make sure guests get everything that they need to succeed.

The Milwaukee Shelter Task Force solves many problems related to homelessness, including the coordination of overflow shelters during winter months. In order for people to make it off the streets and out of the cold, shelters work together to make space and share resources. The Task Force also influences legislation, plays a role in the annual Point in Time survey of the Milwaukee homeless population, and works closely with the city and county to end homelessness. Government entities and other community leaders look to the Shelter Task Force for creative strategies to help the homeless—a unique tradition to this community.

Ken is proud to have led the Shelter Task Force through challenges and success, and knows that the group has a bright future under its new leadership.

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