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Advocacy Groups Release Plan To Significantly Curtail Homelessness In Wisconsin

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Lauren Sigfusson
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Homeless encampment near 6th and Clybourn streets in downtown Milwaukee.

The number of homeless people in Milwaukee appears to be growing, or at least, it's becoming more visible. In the past year, about a dozen homeless tent encampments have popped up across the city.  The Common Council's Public Safety committee is holding a special meeting today to consider solutions.

Meanwhile, a coalition of advocacy groups just published an action plan, designed to curb homelessness.  The report from the "Wisconsin Interagency Council on Homelessness," shows that last year, nearly 22,000 homeless people received services from agencies across the state.

Joe Volk, a member of the council, says the numbers have stabilized but haven't gone down, despite recent economic growth. Volk outlined where Milwaukee stands, in a conversation with WUWM's Marti Mikkelson. 

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