Clarence Johnson Begins as WCS Executive Director
Clarence Johnson became the WCS Executive Director on January 1, 2017.See Press Release!
Thurgood Marshall Apartments
The Thurgood Marshall Apartments, located at 1914 North 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212, provide 24 one-bedroom units of permanent and supportive housing for adults who are chronically homeless and suffer from chronic alcoholism. WCS offers on-site social service support seven days per week, 24 hours per day.
The project is based on the Housing First model which is a critical piece of the County and City’s plan to end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee. Housing First is based on the idea that the primary need for homeless individuals is to obtain stable and permanent housing, and only then can they begin rebuilding their lives.
National data shows that this approach results in significant savings from reduced public service costs. The supportive housing combined with support services is a harm reduction strategy that reduces the risks and harmful effects of substance use and guides an individual’s recovery.
The Thurgood Marshall Apartments are operated by a partnership between Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS), and Cardinal Capital Management, Inc.
Referrals to the Thurgood Marshall Apartments come directly from Milwaukee County. The potential residents are screened and approved by Milwaukee County prior to their tenant application being submitted to Cardinal Capital Management, Inc. Cardinal Capital Management reviews the application and determines if they meet all housing and funding requirements.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Participants will be assessed, referred to any identified services that are needed, and given support and encouragement to follow through with services. The programs and services offered at the apartments include:
• Case management
• Educational and therapeutic groups
• Group activities
• Assistance with activities of daily living
SCHEDULE AND HOURS OF OPERATION
The Thurgood Marshall Apartments have staff on-site 24/7, including weekends and holidays.