Housing & Community Health
Leaders, Residents Convene to Tackle Housing Crisis
Communities are strong when residents are healthy and the economy is thriving. Housing is a critical component to that. Families need safe, stable, affordable places to live so adults can work, children can succeed in school, and local businesses can flourish.

Studies for Dodge and Jefferson counties conducted in 2021 by UW-Whitewater revealed a shortage of all types housing in our communities, especially for income constrained households. Approximately 40% of households are forced to pay more than 30% of their gross income on housing expenses.

To address the need, the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation (GWCHF) has engaged Cedar Corp, a multi-disciplinary community infrastructure firm, to work with city officials in Jefferson and Watertown to develop strategies for housing development. This work is essential to keeping employees working in our businesses, children attending our schools, and residents spending their dollars locally.

Recent sessions have been convened with community leaders and residents to present information on the local housing crisis and to seek feedback to inform planning. We look forward to sharing more information on this new GWCHF priority as plans begin to take shape.
Watertown Info & Planning Session
Jefferson Info & Planning Session
Learn About the NEW Shared Services Network for Early Care & Education
To ensure all families have access to high quality early care and education so parents can work and children can thrive, GWCHF is partnering with the Wisconsin Early Education Shared Services Network (WEESSN) to support providers in Dodge and Jefferson counties.

WEESSN brings together family and group child care programs to benefit from collaborations and efficiencies. By sharing technology, resources, knowledge and skills, child care programs can improve outcomes for young children, build capacity in their caregiving, and benefit communities in growing ways.

We invite our partners in early care and education, as well as leaders who want to support the sector, to learn more about this exciting new opportunity!

For Early Care & Education Providers: Learn about what's available to you and how to join the Network! (Info Session Flyer Here)

For Other Community Leaders: Learn how the Network will support our community and how you can share information about it.

  • Wednesday, January 26, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Please email us to register.
Grant Announcements
Science teaches us social connections improve physical health and mental and emotional well-being. Community Collaboration Grants support collaborative efforts that build a sense of connectedness between people or create/enhance community spaces where individuals can be active together. We are pleased to share our support for the following projects:

  • The City of Watertown Parks and Recreation Department received funding for paint and nets, allowing for residents to enjoy eight pickleball courts at Riverside Park.

  • The Rotary Foundation of Lake Mills received funding for 100% poured-in-place surface at Bartel's Beach Park Playground, allowing for access to the playground by children and adults with mobility challenges.
Related Articles & Opportunities
Information on needs the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation and Every Child Thrives partners are working together to address.

(Insider - Oct. 2021)


U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Youth Mental Health Crisis (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services - Dec. 2021)

Wisconsin School-Based Mental Health (Coalition for Expanding School Based Mental Health in Wisconsin, Nov. 2021)


(WI Dept. of Children and Families - Nov. 2021)

(WI Early Childhood Association - Dec. 2021)

(U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
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