WORKFORCE HOUSING TASKFORCE
SOPHIA’s Workforce Housing Taskforce has been advocating and supporting the development of workforce/affordable housing in Waukesha County. We have shown the power of numbers while supporting the temporary overflow homeless shelter and for two seasons we have been successful in providing this important service to our community. For the past two years, we have strongly supported the building of housing for our workforce. The County’s very own study (Comprehensive Development Plan) shows the need for “more affordable housing” for our workforce. There are many people who work and serve in our county such as teachers, police officers, medical assistants, child care workers, food service workers and many others that simply cannot afford to live here. SOPHIA believes if you are good enough to work here, you’re good enough to live here.
SOPHIA’s Workforce Housing Taskforce meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Waukesha.
The SOPHIA Immigration Taskforce is working on the local, state, and national levels to bring about Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Locally, we were part of the Good Friday march to highlight the contributions of the immigrant community to the greater Waukesha area and we have held educational forums to help bring about a greater understanding of how broken our Immigration System has become. On the state level, we are working to make Drivers Cards available to those in our state that do not qualify to apply for a state driver’s license. On the national level, we are working to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation.
If you would like to join our Immigration Taskforce, we meet on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 PM at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Waukesha.
TREATMENT INSTEAD OF PRISON (TIP) TASKFORCE
SOPHIA supports treatment for addiction, when appropriate, as an alternative to incarceration. TIP only salvages lives of inmates (and their families) while saving taxpayers’ money. SOPHIA has advocated for, and supports, initiatives by Waukesha County to help reduce populations in the Huber and County jails. Results have been very encouraging. The 2011 county budget will expand the Day Report Center, which conducts intensive supervision and monitoring of adult offenders released from the Huber jail to their homes, as well as of adult offenders ordered to the program by judges as sentencing alternatives. In 2009, the program served 198 clients while saving 6,685 jail days. (Estimated cost to the county is $90 per jail day.) Only five of the 198 clients committed a new crime while under supervision. SOPHIA also supports Waukesha County’s efforts to expand the Alcohol Treatment Court, which has graduated 115 clients in four years. The court’s mission is to reduce the number of repeat drunk drivers by allowing them to participate in alcohol and other substance abuse treatment under strict judicial and community supervision.
SOPHIA’s TIP Taskforce meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Waukesha.