Milwaukee programs get grants for legal services, fighting homelessness

The money will be used to help provide legal services to people between the ages of 18 and 24 who are current public housing residents, or those who would be living in public housing but can't because of their criminal records.

News Story (Wisconsin)

Mary Spicuzza
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
May 2, 2016

Tags: Juvenile Justice, Reentry

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Action of Wisconsin


The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice, will be used to provide services to young adults, including helping to expunge, seal or correct criminal records as allowed by state law; reinstate revoked or suspended driver’s licenses; or provide job counseling and family law services.

“This is big. Why not get the help if you can?” said Yerks, who is now 24 and about to start a new job working for the city. “If you made a mistake, this is helping you wash it away.”

The grant is expected to provide direct legal services to about 70 people and provide information to another 200 people.