Effort to eradicate homelessness in Brown County gaining momentum

September 30, 2020 – A community-wide effort to prevent and end homelessness in Brown County is gaining momentum. Community partners, including the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Brown County United Way, City of Green Bay, Brown County, and the Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition have come together and committed to leveraging local and national resources to accomplish this aggressive, but realistic goal.

“Together, we will create a community-wide action plan to prevent and end homelessness in Greater Green Bay,” said Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich. “Everyone has a role in this effort to ensure all community members have a safe and stable place to call home, and I’m glad to play a part.”

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation will underwrite this work with a grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership. The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national nonprofit that has led the movement to advance housing and service solutions to tackle the issue of homelessness and create community-wide collaborative plans in more than 300 cities and 48 states across the country, has been hired to facilitate this important work. CSH has a solid track record of helping communities create supportive housing to improve the lives of vulnerable people, including those experiencing homelessness, maximizing resources, and building partnerships to create strong and healthy communities.

Rashad Cobb, a Community Engagement Program Officer at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, will coordinate this critical work with community members, leaders, and organizations alike. Throughout his career, Rashad has worked with programs designed to meet the unique needs of Greater Green Bay youth, including housing issues for homeless teens, and has supported inmates as they have reentered society. His leadership has also extended to several local nonprofits serving the vulnerable in our community.

“It’s been rewarding to see community leaders, the City, County, and nonprofits alike come together to address the issue of homelessness,” said County Executive Troy Streckenbach. “Although eradicating homelessness is a monumental goal, we are confident we have the right people and organizations in place for a successful outcome.”