Hope House makes its voice heard in front of the Milwaukee County Board
10/14/2015 8:34 AM
The important work done at Hope House is supported by funding from a variety of sources, such as generous individual donors, corporate sponsors, workplace giving campaigns and philanthropic foundations. In-kind donations, such as food and hygiene supplies, also help make the day-to-day operations possible.
These sources, however, are only part of what keeps Hope House up and running. Money from the federal, state, and local levels of government also plays a key role in Hope House's continued service to Milwaukee.
On Oct. 12, Hope House staff spent the morning in front of members of the Milwaukee County Board at a public hearing to advocate for continued and increased funding for shelter and transitional housing. Hope House employees stood in solidarity with other members of the Shelter and Transitional Housing Task Force, including employees from organizations like The Guest House of Milwaukee, The Cathedral Center and The Salvation Army, to tell County Board members that funding for emergency shelter programs saves lives in Milwaukee County.
Recently, large federal cuts put a dent in the funding for emergency shelter services for numerous shelters in Milwaukee County, including Hope House. To help these shelters offset the effects of these cuts, Milwaukee County Board supervisors introduced a measure to provide an extra $300,000 in the County budget for emergency shelter services in addition to what is already allocated. Hope House staff were honored to make their voices heard and urge elected representatives to support this funding in the 2016 county budget.
Being present at the public hearing was an exciting way to participate in the democratic process, and an important way to ensure that members of the Milwaukee County Board understand the importance of emergency shelter services. Thanks to the advocates who spoke on behalf of the Shelter and Transitional Housing Task Force, Hope House is looking forward to continue to use this funding to help alleviate homelessness in 2016!