Milwaukee Resources

Community Advocates

Category:Advocacy, Basic Needs, Domestic Violence, Employment, Health Care Benefits, Helplines/Hotlines, Housing, Spanish-speaking Resources, Youth and Family Services
Intake Procedure:Referral required, Self-referrals accepted, Walk-ins accepted
Primary Clients Served:Adults, Families, Women with Children

728 N. James Lovell St.,
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 449-4777
Fax: (414) 449-4774


Assists low-income Milwaukee residents meet their most basic needs. Most services are provided free of charge.

Housing: Provides information regarding renter's rights and responsibilities; provides short-term rent payment assistance if someone is about to lose their home; assists in finding affordable housing; helps solve landlord/tenant disputes.

Utility Services: Assistance applying for Energy Assistance Funding; provides budgeting workshops; assists with payment plans.

Healthcare Services: Assists families with benefits enrollment, referrals and advocacy for health care needs; assists with enrolling in health insurance; referral to health care providers.

Case Management Provides assistance to individuals and families in need of money management and referred by other Community Advocates’ programs. Provides assistance to: homeless single adults residing in a shelter or on the streets; homeless families who are residing in shelter; and chronically homeless single adults with disabilities.

Disability Services: Provides information, referral, and general advocacy services to individuals with disabilities who are seeking Social Security disability benefits. The Disability Advocacy Services' staff also work to ensure that clients have access to the resources and services they need to live in dignity during the appeals process and beyond.        

Autumn West Supportive Housing (414) 671-6337: Provides housing and case management for individuals who are homeless, have a mental illness and are struggling in their current homeless living situation. The program provides shelter in a private room with shared bathrooms. Twenty-four hour resident manager staff is available to assist individuals and provide three meals per day. Length of stay depends on the needs and financial situation of the individual client. Advocates provide case management services that are designed to move people into permanent or transitional housing by stabilizing their mental health, health and financial situations.

Homeless Outreach Nursing Center (414) 671-6337: Provides mental health-related services to people who are homeless and have a mental illness. Staff conducts outreach on the streets, at meal sites and in emergency shelters. Provides engagement, connection with other service providers, assistance to access mental health and health services, access to safe havens and other transitional and permanent housing, and referral and help securing benefits.

Public Policy Institute Works closely with individuals and organizations in the city, throughout the state and across the nation—including policymakers—in crafting policies that offer the poor the jobs, income and health insurance they need to escape from poverty.

Milwaukee Women's Center Crisis Line (414) 671-6140: Provides emergency shelter and transportation, a 24-hour crisis line, specialized services and support for older abused women, children's programming, batterers treatment, case management to meet housing and other basic needs, and counseling to address domestic violence and substance abuse issues. Office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The agency's Emergency Shelter operates 24-hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year at its confidential location in Milwaukee.

Last Updated: 5/9/2017 | Profile update request