In the Fox Cities, self-sufficiency is a major area of concern for the most vulnerable in our community. According to the 2011 Fox Cities Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study, additional concerns were identified:
• Homelessness and housing costs are increasing
• Increase in number of individuals eligible for public subsidies and programs
• Growing reliance on non-profit service providers
In our community the main reason for homelessness in our community is unemployment. The coalition works together to address this root cause through collaborative and innovative approaches.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Wisconsin increased by 4.2% in 2012.
A growing segment of the homeless population is young adults, ages 18-24, which age out of foster care and other juvenile programs. They represent approximately 25% of the growing homeless population.
The 2013 semi-annual Point in Time count indicate that the Fox Cities consistently has approximately 300 sheltered/unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition, hundreds more individuals in our community are unstably housed and are at risk of experiencing homelessness. 30% of the Fox Cities population struggles with physical or mental disabilities.
FCHC members work together to address these community challenges.