On Wednesday, July 31, the Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness (N*WISH) Continuum of Care will be joining homeless coalitions (or continuums) 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 met for human habitation.
The collected data will assist the community in understanding the scope and size of local homelessness, engage in programs and service development, and to apply for state and federal funding.
The Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homelessness Continuum of Care was established in November 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, and funding and advocacy groups.
The Point-in-Time Count will start with a kick-off event at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church partnering with The Table, a dinner offered the last two days of the month that is open to the community at the church. Members of the N*WISH Continuum of Care will have an outreach and education booth at The Table to provide resource and information about homelessness that evening.
For more information, call Lori Hallas at 715-365-7842.