A History of Caring
The Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization, Inc. grew out of a community-wide task force to address the issue of chronic homelessness in Racine County. Backed by several great community leaders with a shared solicitude, we proudly opened our 120 bed facility in 2005.
Our mission is to meet Racine County's emergency shelter needs, to coordinate support services, and to lead the community in the prevention of chronic homelessness. The vision for HALO is that every man, woman, and child
experiencing homelessness be provided food, clothing, and shelter while
receiving tools and training designed to help them return to a stable living
Through this, we hope to help individuals experiencing homelessness become self-sufficient and to ensure the safety of homeless children through stable living and learning environments.
The Homeless in Racine
The homeless in Racine County are seemingly invisible to the general public, yet since opening, HALO's emergency shelter program has served thousands of individuals, with 980 in 2012 alone. According to data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, over 1,000 students in Racine Unified were identified as homeless in 2013, with that number on the rise. According to data from the Wisconsin Community Action Program, while the rest of the country's homeless population fell 5.7 percent between 2008 and 2012, Wisconsin's rose over 20 percent during that same time period. Homelessness is a very real issue in Racine, Wisconsin.
Where HALO Comes In
HALO values the uniqueness of each homeless individual and offers a range of programs and services tailored to meet their individual needs. We want to show respect and dignity to every man, woman, and child facing homelessness and offer them vital services and peace of mind. We seek to do this by having participants at HALO create with their case managers an Individual Success Plan. This ISP, as we call it, pairs participant dedication with many of our Programs & Services in order to illuminate the path to self-sufficiency.
A HALO Story
-Quote from a recent HALO participant
HALO is funded in part by: the State of Wisconsin, the Department of Commerce, the Division of Housing, Community Development, United Way of Racine, the Racine Community Foundation, and Racine Dominicans.
Generous support for our intensive case management to promote self-sufficiency provided
by a grant from The S.L. Gimbel Foundation.
Special Thanks to our Corporate Partners:
HALO is grateful for the 200+ individuals and business who have generously contributed to our
Journey to Self-Sufficiency Endowment Fund. For a complete listing of contributors, please click here
This agency receives funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and/or the State of Wisconsin Department of Commerce to provide services for homeless and near homeless individuals and their families. A requirement of this funding is that this agency participates in the Wisconsin Homeless Management Information System. This system collects basic information about clients receiving services from this agency. This requirement was enacted in order to get a more accurate count of individuals and families who are homeless and to identify the need for different services.
HALO, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) qualified organization.