Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, February 27, 2017

Data, strategies for reducing homelessness shared with policymakers

Data, strategies for reducing homelessness shared with policymakers

During the 2016 federal fiscal year, nearly half of the people experiencing homelessness in Wisconsin were members of a family with minor children. Most also lived outside of Milwaukee and Dane Counties.

Speakers at the 35th Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar shared this information and much more with policymakers at the State Capitol on January 25, 2017. The Family Impact Seminars are an initiative of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor’s Office and the La Follette School of Public Affairs, with financial contributions from the Phyllis M. Northway Fund.

The seminar provided an overview of the state of homelessness in Wisconsin, including information about who is homeless and the funding sources currently used to address the problem. In addition, the seminar highlighted the work of researchers who have decades of experience studying evidence-based, cost-effective ways to reduce and prevent homelessness.

Since 1993, the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars have provided objective, high-quality research on timely topics identified by state legislators. The seminars promote greater use of research evidence in policy decisions and encourage policymakers to view issues through the lens of family impact.

Briefing reports for each Family Impact Seminar, including A Place to Call Home: Evidence-Based Strategies for Addressing Homelessness across Wisconsin, are online along with audio and video of the seminar presentations.