Wisconsin’s new Interagency Council on Homelessness takes another step toward getting started today, when its first-ever director takes the reins. Michael Luckey had been a policy advisor for Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke of Kaukauna, and helped guide a number of bills addressing homelessness through the Legislature. One of those bills created the Interagency Council on Homelessness (Assembly Bill 234), last session. It was backed by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness, where Executive Director Joseph Volk says the added attention to this issue is sorely needed.
Volk’s organization estimates about 27-thousand Wisconsinites are homeless. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch chairs the new council, which also includes representatives from eight state agencies and service providers. The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, and the Departments of Children and Families and Veterans Affairs, will be part of the council. Volk says he’s happy to see multiple agencies working together.
The new council will start by developing an agenda and goals. Volk hopes one of those goals is to figure out how to end homelessness.
The Interagency Council on Homelessness will meet quarterly.