By Cynthia Germain
Homelessness is a concern for every community and local residents now have an opportunity to help determine how funding is used in Door and Kewaunee counties. The Lakeshore Community Action Program receives funds from the state and federal government to provide programs to those who are without shelter or exiting a shelter. The HUD Continuum of Care program provides one source of funding which requires the Lakeshore CAP to implement the Lakeshore Continuum of Care, a planning group of local members to help identify the needs of the community. Kate Markwardt, Supportive Housing Supervisor, says that they are wanting individuals in Door and Kewaunee counties to represent their respective areas on the broader scale of how funding will be used in the Lakeshore CAP system which also includes Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties. Markwardt is spearheading the effort and calls out to members from all area organizations and institutions as well as local government representatives to play a role and be part of the conversation.
A meeting that kicks off the formation of the Lakeshore Continuum of Care will be held on Tuesday, December 12th at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland at 1:30 p.m. Markwardt is excited that Director from the Wisconsin CoC will also in attendance to present on important considerations in implementing this crucial planning group as a local voice on issues of homelessness.