Eloise Anderson, Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, presented the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Community Action to NEWCAP for its exemplary Rapid Re-Housing Project. NEWCAP was acclaimed for excellence in administering state and federal funds for homeless services on behalf of the northeastern part of Wisconsin. The award was presented in conjunction with WISCAP’s Annual Meeting, held in Madison on May 1, 2013.
NEWCAP, through its Rapid Re-Housing Project, has proven that re-housing can be successfully accomplished by moving individuals and families quickly from instability and homelessness to stable, permanent housing. Program staff connect clients with jobs and homes, and support them through rent assistance, security deposits and comprehensive case management until clients become self-sufficient. In the first six months of their 2012-2013 program year, NEWCAP re-housed 20 households via its Rapid Re-Housing Project. To date, no one served through the Rapid Re-Housing project has returned to homelessness. NEWCAP has demonstrated that re-housing is a cost-effective approach to addressing homelessness. The agency’s targeting of homeless service resources results in families spending less time in emergency shelter or transitional housing programs.
Located in Oconto, NEWCAP serves Brown, Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano and Vilas counties.