Below is a collection of summaries of real events that happened in Wisconsin. Please discuss the role of CILs and advocates in those stories. How do IL philosophy and our mission impact our response to those events?
A homeless shelter in Green Bay routinely exceeds the occupancy limit of 80 on cold nights. The city has threatened to fine the shelter $500 each day it exceeds the occupancy limit. On a recent night, the shelter had 78 homeless people staying in it-but another 16 were being temporarily housed at a local college’s residential space. Students are returning, so that space is no longer available.
A developer is proposing a five-story apartment building of 23 units on Milwaukee’s east side. The developer is partnering with a local mental health organization and reserving 16 of those units for people with mental illness. The building would use Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). Those 16 units, and the remaining 7 units, are all targeted at people who are under 60% of the area median income.
A developer proposes a new development in New Berlin that would include two apartment buildings using housing tax credits for “workforce” households and another building targeted at people who are above 55. The proposal moves smoothly through the city approval process until the community discovers the proposal. The following hysteria and outrage forces the city to reverse itself on the proposal, denying the proposal on minor technical issues, some of them new objections.
A developed proposed a 69-unit apartment building in Shorewood Hills. The municipality issued a study on the impact of the proposed building on the community. The study concluded there would be little negative impact, and there’s evidence that there’s positive impact. The Village voted against the proposed development.
Madison Police are beginning to be concerned about larger numbers of homeless people who are living in their vehicles in and around the City of Madison. Part of the concern is that these people are not taking advantage of the homeless shelter and transitional housing resources that are available. Some of these people are choosing not to use the homeless shelter system because they have had bad experiences and/or feel vulnerable staying in the shelter system. Also, the homeless shelter system and local transitional housing programs (most of which have waiting lists) do not provide much in the way of accessibility for individuals with accessibility needs or other disability-related needs.