WISP News 8.6.2015

New Northwest HMIS Regional Coordinator

ICA is happy to announce the hire of Leigh Polodna as the new Northwest HMIS Regional Coordinator. Leigh (pronounced “Lee”) is a 2012 graduate from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Social Work. She has worked in homeless services for more than three years, starting as an intake worker at Starting Points in Chippewa Falls, WI.  She then went to work at West CAP, initially working in the agency’s Homeless Prevention and TBRA programs, but quickly moved to a case manager position in the Transitional Housing Program. Before joining ICA Leigh served as the Transitional Housing Program Lead Case Manager.
Over the next several weeks Leigh will be visiting the local continua in the northwest region and introducing herself to service providers as well as meeting the HMIS end-users in the area.
Please join us in welcoming Leigh to the ICA team.


Point in Time in the News

Click on the links below for news pieces that followed last week's PIT Count:

Housing First initiative challenges assumptions of homelessness
Counting Brown County’s homeless
Volunteers connect with homeless on annual count
Volunteers hand out hygiene kits as part of national movement to end homelessness
Homeless population growing in Wausau
Paul Soglin looking to crack down on 'circus' atmosphere in downtown Madison

Employment Opportunity

The Department of Children and Families is hiring for a Youth Services Policy Coordinator. The position will perform complex program and policy analysis and evaluation with a primary focus on housing and workforce development for youth (12-21) in the child welfare system, at risk of the child welfare system, or who have aged out of the child welfare system. The person in this position will be the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) State Coordinator. For details on how to apply, click here

PATH Training Opportunity

The Wisconsin PATH Program in partnership with New Community Shelter and NAMI Waukesha is offering a Crisis Intervention Partner (CIP) educational workshop
designed for any adult that regularly interacts with people dealing with mental illness. For more information, click here

Project Based Voucher Program Enrollment

The City of West Allis' Community Development Authority is accepting open enrollment applications for the Section 8 Project Based Voucher Program at Beloit Road Senior Apartments. The waiting list will remain open until further notice. For information on how to apply, click here

Tips and Tricks


Just a reminder that ART rebuilds once per day. If you make changes to client profiles, entry/exits, etc, the reports will reflect that the following day. 

New Website

ICA is preparing to launch a new website early next week. Keep your eyes open for an announcement! 

For more tips and tricks, visit previous newsletters in the WISPNews Archive.