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Maskani Place stabilizes lives, helps homeless families get back on their feet

Maskani Place stabilizes lives, helps homeless families get back on their feet

Community Advocates provides on-site services [at Maskani Place] such as employment training, in addition to helping tenants find child care and develop financial literacy. Tenants also have been able to sign up for the Affordable Care Act within the apartment complex.

“Having a case manager at Maskani Place, we are actually able to go into the home and get to know the child and get to know the mom and really dig deep into what the core issues are so we can resolve them so they are not coming up again,” said Maudwella Kirkendoll, COO at Community Advocates and director of the organization’s basic needs division. “It really allows for a comprehensive, in-depth look at the family.”

The organization also provides training to tenants to help them understand their rights and responsibilities as renters.

“It’s critical for individuals who lived in shelters for a year or two to be able to reintegrate them back into stable, permanent housing,” Kirkendoll said. “If they decide to stay at Maskani, then they need to understand their responsibilities there as well.”

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: $10 million complex bolsters Milwaukee's supportive housing push

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: $10 million complex bolsters Milwaukee's supportive housing push

Mayor Tom Barrett joined city leaders Tuesday at the grand opening of the latest addition to Milwaukee's supportive housing community — the recently finished Maskani Place in the Harambee neighborhood. The $10 million apartment complex, 320 E. Center St., is developed by Heartland Housing, a division of the Midwest anti-poverty nonprofit Heartland Alliance, in partnership with Community Advocates. Community Advocates will be providing the building's residents with supportive services such as employment training, help finding childcare and financial guidance.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A public health approach for mental health

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A public health approach for mental health

Mental health and substance use treatment are covered benefits for both Medicaid and the individual and small group insurance markets, along with other essential health benefits. Since currently uninsured people will have access to mental health coverage through insurance, it could lessen the strain on BHD to provide uncompensated care and free up resources to take a proactive approach, with long-term goals of reducing the overreliance on emergency crisis services.
 

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Homelessness: Tackle it on the front end

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Homelessness: Tackle it on the front end

Still don't think Milwaukee's homeless crisis is worth paying attention to? Well, let's look at the numbers.

Joe Volk, chief executive officer of Community Advocates, helped me do the math. It costs taxpayers more to house a family in a shelter than it does for the family to stay in its own apartment with some assistance.

If a mother and child rent a one-bedroom apartment at $500 per month, and she was only able to come up with $400 in a particular month, it would still be cheaper for the city, county or state to offer assistance for that $100 deficit than it would for that mother to lose her apartment.

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Milwaukee Courier: Community Advocates Public Policy Institute Hosts Milwaukee's Inaugural Community Symposium on Black Male Achievement

Milwaukee Courier: Community Advocates Public Policy Institute Hosts Milwaukee's Inaugural Community Symposium on Black Male Achievement

The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute announced this week that it will host the inaugural “Making the Case” Symposium on September 18th from 9 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Italian Community Center in downtown Milwaukee.

It is the first in a series of conferences on the challenges facing black men in Milwaukee that the Public Policy Institute plans to host throughout the upcoming year.

The event will feature a keynote address by Shawn Dove, the Open Society Foundations’ campaign manager for Black Male Achievement.

The “Making the Case” Symposium will begin to delve into Milwaukee’s Black male achievement gap from several different angles and discuss solutions to Milwaukee’s ongoing crisis.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: David R. Riemer: Gov. Scott Walker embraces Obamacare

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: David R. Riemer: Gov. Scott Walker embraces Obamacare

There's just one problem. The way that the governor and legislators are going about it will cost Wisconsin's taxpayers and employers a bundle. That's because Walker proposed and Joint Finance picked 100% of the poverty line — rather than 133% of the poverty line — as the border between where Medicaid ends and the exchange begins.

Because of this simple policy error, a complex set of federal rules (but known to both Walker and legislators) will result in more than 84,000 Wisconsinites losing coverage under BadgerCare and relying instead on Obamacare's more complicated exchange. To make things worse, the decision by Walker and the budget writers to expand Medicaid to 100% of the poverty (instead of 133%) will raise state budget costs — and thus increase the burden on Wisconsin taxpayers — by $119 million over the next two years.

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The Nation: This Week in Poverty: Ignoring Homeless Families

The Nation: This Week in Poverty: Ignoring Homeless Families

More than one-third of Americans who use shelters annually are parents and their children. In 2011, that added up to more than 500,000 people. According to Joe Volk, CEO of Community Advocates in Milwaukee, prevalent family homelessness is no accident.

“In 2000, we as a nation—and the Department of Housing and Urban Development—made the terrible decision to abandon homeless children and their families,” said Volk, speaking at a Congressional briefing on The American Almanac of Family Homelessness, authored by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness. “Families for a decade have been ignored.”

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WUWM Lake Effect: Barriers to Mental Health Services Could Remain Despite Budgetary Help

WUWM Lake Effect: Barriers to Mental Health Services Could Remain Despite Budgetary Help

Walter Laux is the director of Behavioral Health Services for Community Advocates. The Milwaukee-based group helps meet the basic needs of those who are struggling. He spoke with Lake Effect’s Amy Kiley about the governor’s plan for mental health funding – and barriers to care. One issue is the fact that many mentally ill people end up incarcerated.

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