I was proud to recently join County Executive Joe Parisi, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Brian Schimming, Heartland Housing, Heartland Health Outreach, U.S. Bank, BMO Harris, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, The Home Depot Foundation, and Enterprise Community Partners at Rethke Avenue in Madison to break ground on a new housing project to address homelessness.
The new project at times referred to as the Rethke project, is a housing development focused on chronically homeless individuals and homeless veterans, is called Madison Permanent Supportive Housing. The facility will have 60 studio apartments, with 25 units designated for veterans. The building will also offer a wellness center, library, technology center, garden, teaching kitchen, and bike storage. The project will hopefully be completed around spring of next year.
The Madison Permanent Supportive Housing facility is unique because it is specifically designed to address those who experience issues with their housing in the absence of services that address issues including mental illness, substance disorders, or medical problems. Thus, Heartland Health Outreach will provide on-site mental health services, case management, resources to other health care and employment providers, and social enrichment.
With the accessibility of these resources, along with the stability of the environment, the goal is to help improve self sufficiency. Facilities like this one take a huge step forward in our efforts to end chronic homelessness in Madison. When I am asked about solutions for homelessness in Madison, I always refer to Housing First. This project exemplifies that idea.
Thank you to Heartland Housing and each of the partners whose dedicated work has made Madison Permanent Supportive Housing possible!
Check out some photos from the groundbreaking!