Chippewa County (WQOW) - Homelessness in Chippewa County is at the highest numbers yet this year. To make it worse, one county official said she expects the rates to keep rising throughout the winter.
In June, at least 176 individuals requested help for homelessness in Chippewa County.
The homeless director for the L.E. Phillips Career Development Center said she isn't surprised by the increase, and believes the increasing number is the result of the pandemic, as well as a lack of affordable housing in the county.
"I am worried about winter and I'm worried about what winter will bring with all that is happening in the world and the pandemic, you don't know what's yet to come," said Jennifer Barrett. "I'm very concerned. Summertime for folks who are homeless, it's a little easier to get by. But December and January in Wisconsin is a scary time for people that don't have a shelter."
Assistance is available for those that need help; ranging anywhere from rental assistance to weekly groceries. To request assistance, an online application is available at www.westcap.org or by calling 715-265-4271.