Mayor Barrett, President Hines Help Community Advocates Break Ground for New Autumn West Facility

Rendering of new facility, provided by VJS Construction.


On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Willie Hines, and other dignitaries joined Joe Volk, CEO of Community Advocates, and the agency's supporters, neighbors, clients, and staff in a groundbreaking ceremony for Autumn West. The new, cutting-edge supportive housing facility will be located at 3410 W. Lisbon Avenue.

When completed, the facility will house 21 residents. Residents will enjoy bright, contemporary private rooms, access to common activity areas, and three communal meals per day. Construction will include extensive use of recycled building materials. Landscaping will incorporate attractive, low-care plantings selected to help conserve energy and water resources.

Autumn West is a "safe haven" program for men and women who are homeless, have mental health issues, and are unable to cope with the requirements of traditional shelters. Staffers work with clients on skill development and help them to stabilize their health.

The facility is staffed 24 hours per day.   

The staff will also provide personalized, supportive services -- including intensive case management, counseling, peer support, and on-site nursing care -- to prepare clients for more independent lives.

"We're proud to be breaking ground on what will be a cutting-edge home for men and women transitioning out of homelessness," said Volk. "We have a 12-year track record of success with this model, showing how the successful integration of supportive housing and services can benefit and contribute to the well-being -- and diversity -- of Milwaukee's residents and neighborhoods."


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