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The West Allis Police Department is committed to assisting homeless individuals in our community.  When officers encounter people who are homeless, officers assess their situation and try to get them connected with appropriate resources and services. 

There are specific resources and services for youth in housing transition or experiencing homelessness (click elementary aged children or high school aged children, as appropriate, for additional information).  

Our Department also helps to do an assessment of the homeless in our community by assisting with the Wisconsin Point in Time Count.  Twice per year, our officers pair up with volunteers from Wisconsin Point in Time Count to perform this assessment.  A Point-In-Time, or PIT, count is a statistically reliable, unduplicated count of people experiencing homelessness during a designated one-night period. Wisconsin conducts this count twice per year. This count is intended to include persons that are homeless and are living in emergency shelters, transitional housing, safe havens for the homeless, domestic violence shelters, or who are unsheltered living on the streets or any other place not mean for human habitation. A PIT is intended to capture a minimum amount of information on the homeless population in order to create a "snapshot" of what homelessness looks like in a neighborhood, city, or state. The data collected through the Point-in-Time process is reported in the Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR) that is provided to the U.S. Congress. Homeless information is also reported to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and is utilized to develop the Housing Inventory Chart for the Balance of State Continuum of Care.


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