St. Anthony Place is part of an ambitious effort to house and care for Milwaukee’s homeless population.
The Housing First initiative seeks to end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County. The program recognizes that a safe place to live is the essential first step for recovery and re-entry into the community.
Housing First took a big step forward March 15 with the addition of 60 affordable apartments at the corner of North Tenth and West State streets.
St. Anthony Place is located at 1004 N. 10th St. It includes an outreach center, a warming space and a medical clinic. An evening meal is served six days a week. A barber shop, showers, a free laundry, and an eye-glass dispensary are all located on-site.
Clients can also get local bus tickets, clothing, hygiene products, birth certificates and IDs, education and employment services and resource referrals. There is also a check-in center for persons who have been diverted from jail into the community.
Saint Anthony Place is a partnership of Heartland Housing, Capuchin Community Services and Ascension Wisconsin, which will operate St. Ben’s Clinic in the building. The project was financed with federal and state tax credits, a grant from Milwaukee County and funds from Enterprise Community Investment, US Bank, the Zilber Family Foundation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Capuchin Milwaukee. Lead partners included the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
To learn more, contact Housing First at (414) 278-4678.
Rick Deines says
Bravo and two thumbs way, way up!! Thx to Capuchins and supporters.
“Clients can also get local bus tickets, clothing, hygiene products, birth certificates and IDs, education and employment services and resource referrals.”
I hope voter registration is added to that list.
Marian Wasierski says
This center is good news. Vulnerable people need and deserve a helping hand to live healthy stable lives. Glad to see St Ben’s Health Care Clinic is on the new site.
Ann Stokman says
Happy to hear this!
Barbara Richards says
A blessed event and a way forward for our community in support for those lost in need.
Penny Adrian, now from Fort Worth, TX says
A wonderful accomplishment for all who brought this together. I would love to read more about this!
Denise White says
What hospital did it used to be 30 years ago?