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13 Chippewa Valley homeless people get permanent housing thanks to Sprint Team

Eau Claire (WQOW) – It’s deadline day for a group who set an ambitious goal to help the Chippewa Valley homeless.

Back in May, the Eau Claire Sprint Team said it wanted to house 16 of our community’s most vulnerable within 100 days.

The effort included 43 agencies, including the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

Now, 100 days after announcing its goal, the team was able to find permanent supportive housing for 13 chronically homeless people.

Chris Klesmith, community health liaison, said the biggest challenge is finding landlords able and willing to house the prospective tenants.

Although they didn’t quite reach their goal, Klesmith said the project truly brought people together.

It’s really gratifying to see the team come together and house 13 individuals,” Klesmith said. “It’s really gratifying to know there are community members who are willing to keep that change going.”

The team hopes to house the remaining people within a few months. They plan to review their efforts to see what can be improved if they launch another project in the future.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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