If you’re interested in lowering your energy bills, the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program may be right for you. The program, designed to help homeowners save money on energy costs, is recruiting in Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights, Thurston Woods and other central city communities this spring.
Built in 2011, Veterans Manor Apartments in Milwaukee is the only establishment of its kind in the state of Wisconsin. It offers residents a comfortable place to call home and services such as an on-site counselor, weekly support group meetings and, most of all, a sense of community. Veterans Manor won the 2012 PNC Trail Blazer Award at the MANDIs (Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation).
Enrollment is now open for Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness Program in Clarke Square. The program’s volunteer workforce repairs properties of low-income homeowners in the area.
During 2011, new foreclosures were filed against 4,352 city of Milwaukee properties. Select Milwaukee has helped hundreds of residents avoid losing their homes.
Tanicha Suggs, a mother of eight, has settled into her new home in the Harambee neighborhood, where she moved in December. The house is one of five on the block built by Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity.
Select Milwaukee and Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) joined forces to initiate a loan fund to stabilize homeownership in Milwaukee neighborhoods. The loan fund would assist local homebuyers with home improvement loans, mortgages and repair costs.
The residents, businesses, organizations and community development agencies that make up Washington Park Partners are hard at work beginning to implement a new five-year Sustainable Community Plan. The plan addresses seven areas of neighborhood life WPP considers crucial to a sustainable community.
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. (LBWN) recently received a $112,000 grant from Wells Fargo to continue home renovation efforts in the neighborhood. The money will be used for the Turnkey Renovation program, a project in which foreclosed homes are purchased, renovated and fitted with the latest in energy-saving technology.
With the help of more than 15,000 volunteers, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity has built 40 homes this year, many for first-time homeowners.
Since Select Milwaukee was established in 1991, it has provided homeownership education and foreclosure prevention in city neighborhoods. The nonprofit organization, which has served about 2,000 Milwaukee residents, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with partners, clients and staff.