|EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – In Eau Claire today, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski joined local officials and community leaders to address housing and homeownership. Godlewski visited the Maples Mobile Home Park, a community that has received attention over maintenance needs and residents struggling to secure affordable housing. During the visit, Godlewski facilitated a roundtable discussion on how state and local officials, as well as community agencies, can better partner to prevent foreclosure and provide more affordable housing for those in need.
“Here in Eau Claire, like so many communities in Wisconsin, the struggle around affordable housing is only deepening due to COVID-19,” said Treasurer Godlewski. “By bringing everyone to the table, from residents and community service agencies along with state and local government, we can better address these issues. Keeping people safe and in their homes is critical as we combat this awful virus and build toward economic recovery.”
State Treasurer Godlewski launched the Treasurers’ Homeownership Task Force on March 4, 2020, a proactive initiative to help Wisconsinites buy, maintain, and stay in their homes. When the COVID-19 public health emergency hit, the task force immediately began developing a foreclosure prevention program in response to unemployment and underemployment brought on by the virus. According to data, Wisconsinites were hit hard with foreclosures during the 2009 recession. The Treasurers’ Homeowners Task Force is committed to preventing these foreclosures and helping people stay in their homes.
“Eau Claire’s struggle with housing is not new. For years we’ve been hearing from folks that the growth and prosperity that some are experiencing isn’t reaching them. With the added financial stress of the pandemic, as people continue to face unemployment and struggle with whether to risk their health to go out and find a new job, the housing issues we’ve been seeing are sure to only get worse,” said City Councilmember Kate Beaton. “Treasurer Godlewski’s work to help people facing housing foreclosures is filling a huge need in our community. It was great to learn more about it today, and I look forward to helping grow this work in Eau Claire.”
The discussion included City Councilmember Kate Beaton, State Representative Jodi Emerson, Eau Claire County Treasurer Glenda Lyons, Housing Advocate Emily Shield, City Planner Scott Allen, and City Attorney Doug Hoffer.