Not enough money for homelessness

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Of the nearly $200 million Dane County received in the federal stimulus plan, $574,000 was allocated for “Homelessness Prevention.”

Considering that the city of Madison currently turns down nearly half of those seeking shelter, it is good to see that there is some recognition of the poorest people during the recession, however, the number is still pitifully low. Compare that to the $40 million for airport improvements.

In addition, homelessness prevention should be coupled with additional shelter units for the thousands of people who are already destitute.

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