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HPRP Youth Program Profiles: Milwaukee Partnership
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Solutions Brief | September 21, 2010
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Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center, St.Amelian’s-Lakeside,Inc. and Pathfinders, all located in Milwaukee, WI, formed a strong partnership in the front line delivery of HPRP. They collaborated on the HPRP grant application and demonstrated comprehensive service provision to different subpopulations of homeless and at-risk youth. In 2009, the three organizations were awarded over $1 million in HPRP funds by the City of Milwaukee Community Development Grants Administration to be used over the next three years.
Pathfinders is the lead agency in a collaborative program involving four youth-serving agencies in Milwaukee (one of which is St. Amelian’s-Lakeside, Inc.). The program, known as Q-BLOK, provides homelessness prevention for at-risk LGBT youth between the ages of 18 and 25 through case management, permanent housing location assistance, and
St. Amelian’s-Lakeside, Inc. targets foster youth who are aging out of the system and former foster youth who are at risk of homelessness. Their HPRP program, called Youth Moving On, serves 20 youth in scattered, single-bedroom apartments. In addition to intensive case management, life skills training, and employment and budgeting assistance, clients receive a graduating subsidy and are expected to slowly increase their contribution toward rent as they progress through the program.
Another difficulty the case managers face is finding landlords who are willing to rent to youth with no rental history, no credit, and often no job, despite the case management and financial support offered by each organization.
St. Amelian’s-Lakeside, Inc. serves up to 20 youth per month and allowed the organization to expand their service portfolio to offer supportive housing for former foster youth, a long-time organization goal.
Walker’s Point’s high rate of successful and safe exits has continued and is likely to increase with HPRP as an additional resource tool.