Homeless Shelter Could Be Coming To Taylor County 11/13/19
The possibility of Taylor County being the site of a homeless shelter will be decided by the Taylor County Board. The issue was a topic for discussion by the Human Services Board.
MSA representative Dave Rasmussen told the board that Wisconsin has about $100 million in unspent CDBG federal funds. Taylor County had about $600,000 which according to Rasmussen, “needs to be spent”. The Gilman Library received $300,000 for their library remodeling project. Rasmussen told the committee that they needed to get rid of the remaining $320,000 some how. Chairman Rollie Thums told the board that he needed more information regarding future costs to the county. The committee was told that a new nonprofit group called Taylor County Supportive Housing would take ownership of the facility and secure grants to provide future funding once a facility is purchased. The Salvation Army would pay utilities.
Mike Bub indicated that the city would need to be engaged. Mr. Bub asked whether the addition of a homeless facility would promote homeless individuals from outside the county to relocate to Taylor County. He was told that in the first 8 months of 2019 a total of 61 individuals were given hotel vouchers for overnight stays. In addition, a number of homeless young people are currently “couch surfing” staying at various homes of friends.
Human Services was hoping that a single family house on the market could be purchased for the homeless facility.
With one dissenting vote the Taylor County Human Services Board voted to forward the resolution to the full county board. The resolution would be for MSA to provide a grant application seeking the $300,000 in CDBG funds for a homeless shelter in Taylor County. A date for the next county board meeting has not been set.