A recent national report named Milwaukee as a leading city in energy burdens faced by African-American households. Local energy assistance and weatherization programs seek to lessen this burden.
With no city subsidies available for lead abatement on the South Side, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers points residents to other options to keep children safe from lead poisoning.
Diminished federal funding for lead-abatement efforts prompted the city to limit subsidies to six North Side ZIP codes, leaving owners of old homes in other neighborhoods scrambling for help.
Nearly one-third of homeless people in Milwaukee’s emergency shelters are over the age of 45. With the aging baby boomer population placing more people at risk, Milwaukee has begun to take notice.
Milwaukee Rising has renovated more than 70 foreclosed, distressed homes, selling more than 60 of them to individuals and families in Sherman Park.
Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond equated evictions of low-income African-American women in Milwaukee to the mass incarceration of African-American men.
Tenants of Maskani Place, a 37-unit building in the Harambee neighborhood, can receive social services within the confines of the apartment complex.
ACTS Housing helps central city residents realize the goal of homeownership, if they are willing to commit time and “sweat equity” to the endeavor. Since 2007, ACTS has helped more than 400 families buy homes in Milwaukee neighborhoods.
The 72-unit Paper Box Lofts on the South Side cater to working-class and low-income residents, in addition to professionals.
Free home repairs offered by Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee allows elderly people, veterans and those with disabilities to age in their homes and communities.