Kenosha city leaders express concern about growing homeless numbers

CREATED Jul 15, 2014

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KENOSHA -- They hang out downtown, ask for money near a post office, or simply bounce around from church to church looking for a place to sleep.

City leaders in Kenosha report a growing number of homeless people in the city, with some estimating some 5,000 people living off the streets.
"It's an epidemic and we need to help them," lamented Roberta Baumeister, who's lived in Kenosha for more than 60 years. "It's really gotten bad."
Part of the worry expressed by Kenosha leaders and residents is that the city lacks any permanent or stable shelters for the homeless; the Shalom Center, an interfaith mission and soup kitchen, only provides housing for up to 90 days for eligible families.
Alderman Anthony Kennedy wants to change that, and proposed a resolution that initiates a partnership between the city and county with the Shalom Center.
"If we can help our constituents get some stabilization in their lives, that helps our city overall," Kennedy told TODAY'S TMJ4.
For more information about the Shalom Center and how you can help the homeless, visit