“We’re really trying to help make Mother’s Day a little bit brighter for women in our communities who are down on their luck right now and in shelters," said Julie Glynn, Associated Bank district manager.read more »
Are you doing some spring cleaning in your closet? Do you have some clothes that maybe other professionals could use? Imagine trying to get a job, but you can't really afford an outfit appropriate for an interview. That's when the Bottomless Closet opens their doors!read more »
"For me, it’s about being true to yourself and following your passion. When I first got to Community Advocates, I thought I would just do my field placement and move on to working with teens, because that was my passion at the time. But I found my passion here."--Andi Elliott, CEO, Community Advocatesread more »
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.”read more »
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.read more »
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.
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.read more »
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.read more »