October 20th County Budget Hearing

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee is holding a public hearing on the budget on Monday October 20th. Please consider attending and speaking about our budget priorities. Also save the date for the November 3rd 6:30 PM Milwaukee County Board Public Hearing on the Budget to be held at the Art Museum.

Milwaukee County Board Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee budget hearing
Monday, October 20, 10 AM
Milwaukee Public Schools Central Services Building
5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee

The County Budget schedule for the Finance committee is attached for your reference. Sorry to be late getting this out – too much going on!

2015 Milwaukee County Budget Priorities for Our Coalitions

Please consider attending the hearing and speaking about one or more of these priorities. For contact information for supervisors, click here: http://county.milwaukee.gov/CountyBoard

Ask Supervisors to eliminate the proposed $4 per ride paratransit fare increase for individuals enrolled in IRIS or in Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). If the fare increase is approved, individuals receiving rides funded by Family Care, Partnership, or IRIS will have to pay a one way fare of $16.55 and a round trip fare of $33.10. This is a very expensive fare for people who have a very limited income, and a very significant fare increase.

Priorities for Housing:

Ask Supervisors to:
Support Investment in housing for vulnerable community members, including the Harm Reduction Model, which will serve individuals with severe alcohol addictions, who have not been successful in traditional housing or in current treatment models, and supportive services for Safe Havens - a vital safety net for individuals who are homeless.

Support the addition of a second Community Intervention Specialist. This position has been very successful in helping vulnerable individuals who are cycling through the criminal justice and shelter systems to secure safe, affordable housing. The significant unmet need for this type of assistance justifies the establishment of a second Community Intervention Specialist.

Restore funding of $300,000 for homeless shelters. We urge that this funding be maintained as a sound investment that is urgently needed given the growing need for emergency shelter and the continuing fiscal challenges faced by the shelter network.
Priorities for Disability Services

Support the establishment of the Disability Services Crisis Resource Center (CRC), originally proposed in the 2014 budget. As Hilltop closes, the CRC can be a key resource to support individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities when they experience a crisis. The CRC will be providing intensive, customized wraparound support and adequate funding to have the highly trained specialists on staff will be a key success factor.

Support the new Disability Resource Center position which will assist people with mental illness in connecting to community resources. This is a much needed investment for an underserved population,

Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3230 Milwaukee, WI 53214
414–773–4646 Ext 15 Voice
414–773–4647 Fax

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