After winning a $30 million federal grant to rebuild the second half of the Westlawn public housing development, the city of Milwaukee’s housing authority is relocating the first group of residents.
The Housing First program has decreased the chronically homeless population in the county by 70 percent during its first year of operation.
More than 80 volunteers came together to repair and beautify 20 homes in the Washington Park neighborhood during “Rock the Block.”
A proposed Neighborhood Improvement District in Harambee would raise money through an assessment to grant to property owners for repairing and improving roofs, porches and windows.
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.