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Down 6 percent: Homelessness in WI has declined by more than double the national rate

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MADISON — Homelessness in Wisconsin declined by more than double the national rate this year according to figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that homelessness across the state was down about 6 percent this year compared to 2015.

Department spokeswoman Gina Rodriguez says the number of people in Wisconsin who are chronically homeless has dropped by about 62 percent since 2010. She says the overall decline shows government efforts across the state focused on reducing chronic homelessness are paying off.

Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness executive director Joseph Volk says he continues to worry about homeless youth in the state. He says families with children need more attention even though helping groups is more challenging than individuals.


    • confused

      They are still saying that. They had a bubble and playdough moment when Madison Mayor wanted a no loitering rule in front of businesses from 10-7pm? lots of wailing but none of them ever post that they would take in, house, clean, feed, educate and get the homeless employed, They immediately blame Gov. Walker saying he cut too much $ out for programs. A certain % of people do no get that some CHOOSE this lifestyle because they do not want to give up the grape or drug that landed them there in the 1st place-family and friends, programs-both gov & church be darned.

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