The Common Council today approved a recommendation of the Community and Economic Development Committee to allocate $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for the Milwaukee Promise initiative – the multifaceted city effort to address systemic poverty, joblessness, poor health, crime and low educational achievement in city neighborhoods.
Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, author of the legislation that created the Milwaukee Promise, said the funding will provide “a bright flame that can ignite revitalization of neighborhoods and lives” across Milwaukee. “The Milwaukee Promise will be fostering effective and productive collaboration among agencies of city government and the development of place-based and data-driven approaches to community revitalization that I believe can transform neighborhoods struggling with issues such as poverty, low employment, poor health and other issues,” he said.
The initiative will address conditions in four city “Promise Zones” (see attached maps) where combined, more than 45% of households make less than $25,000 annually (compared to 36% citywide and 22% statewide), the median household income is less than $26,000 (compared to nearly $36,000 citywide and over $52,000 statewide), and where in some areas more than 56% of the total population and more than 71% of children live in poverty.
Alderman Hamilton, chair of the Common Council’s Judiciary and Legislation Committee and co-chair of the Black Male Achievement Advisory Council (BMAAC), said the BMAAC has recommended specific Milwaukee Promise funding targets, and those recommendations were also approved today by the Council.
Those funding targets are:
· $50,000 to Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board for the Employment Readiness initiative.
· $100,000 to Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board for the Youth Employment and Engagement initiative.
· $75,000 to Black Health Coalition for the Trauma-Informed Care Assistance and Referral initiative.
· $30,000 to the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee for the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative Micro Summits initiative.
· $2,500 to Urban Strategies, Inc. for the Youth Police Listening Circles Initiative.
· $10,000 to Lead2Change for the Learn, Earn and Achieve with Police program.
· $32,500 to Word of Hope Ministries for the Milwaukee Job Training and Placement program.
Alderman Hamilton said the CDBG funding approved today is leveraged by more than $500,000 in resources allocated in the 2015 budget through the amendment process (and the zones were also approved) with the support of the Mayor and Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Willie C. Wade, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II, Common Council President Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Terry L.
Witkowski, Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. and Alderman Robert J. Bauman.
In a related move, the Council today also approved an ordinance revising the composition of the Black Male Achievement Advisory Council (BMAAC).
The membership of the advisory council will increase from 12 to 16 members. The new members will be the city treasurer, a representative of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, a representative of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, and two members representing the philanthropic community.
The ordinance also expands the purpose of the BMAAC to include making recommendations relating to the My Brother’s Keeper presidential initiative. The My Brother’s Keeper initiative is an interagency effort to measurably improve the expected educational and life outcomes for and address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. The My Brother’s Keeper initiative encourages communities to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.
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The Milwaukee Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Advisory Board is recommending $600,000 in funding for six projects that will construct new homes for those in need, rehabilitate existing housing stock and make foreclosed homes more attractive to new buyers.
The projects will leverage an investment of more than $4.03 million in local construction and rehabilitation work over the next year, said Common Council President Michael J. Murphy, chair of the advisory board. All of the projects will be reviewed by the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee next month.
President Murphy said the largest 2014 project would fund the Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd. Veterans Gardens Project, an initiative to create permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans and homeless veterans with children. “The men and women who have given of themselves and served our nation deserve respect and should not suffer the indignity of homelessness,” President Murphy said.
“And this project not only provides housing for the veterans in need, it also makes sure that their children have housing and it restores vacant and foreclosed homes in a city neighborhood,” he said.
President Murphy said the six 2014 projects selected by the advisory board for funding will also create jobs and valuable opportunities for construction workers, carpenters, and those in the trades. “The board takes its work very seriously and is cognizant that the projects selected are healthy investments for Milwaukee that bring critical economic activity and dollars into local businesses and into the lives of workers and their families,” he said.
This year, a total of 11 requestors proposed projects seeking $1.48 million in HTF funding. Alderman Murphy said that, if they had been fully funded, all projects would have leveraged approximately $7.67 million.
The 2014 HTF awards include:
* $360,000 to the Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd. for the construction/rehabilitation of 30 permanent supportive housing units for homeless veterans and homeless veterans with children (Veterans Gardens Project).
* $94,500 to Milwaukee Christian Center-NIP for interior and exterior code-compliance repairs (roofing, painting, porch repair/replacement, gutter replacement, electrical, plumbing, furnace replacement, etc.), and for lead hazard reduction, security enhancements, and accessibility modifications.
* $51,200 to WestCare Wisconsin Foundation for construction related supplies and materials to rehabilitate and resell units in the Woodlands condominium complex.
* $50,000 to Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity for the rehabilitation of five properties in the Washington Park neighborhood.
* $40,000 to Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. for the acquisition, renovation, and sale of four blighted and foreclosed properties through LBWN’s Turnkey Renovation Program.
* $25,000 for the Sherman Park Community Association to replace deteriorating roofs on several homes.
(December 4, 2014) – Milwaukee and Waukesha, WI – United Way of Greater Milwaukee and United Way in Waukesha County announced today that they have merged the two organizations to create the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. “This decision enables United Way to raise additional resources and help more people across Milwaukee, Waukesha, and southern Washington and Ozaukee counties,” said Mary Lou Young, who has been named president & CEO of the new organization. “The change also allows United Way to maximize our customer service and increase our operational efficiency, ultimately resulting in additional dollars available for funding programs that improve lives and strengthen the Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County communities.” Young said the decision to merge was driven by customers in both counties and follows more than a year of discussions between the boards of directors from both United Ways. “The new United Way in Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County offers a richer donor experience for all of our corporate partners, especially those with campuses in both counties,” Young said. “Previously, partners such as Aurora Healthcare, Froedtert Health, GE Healthcare, Husco International, UPS and Wells Fargo Bank interacted separately with both United Ways. By becoming one, we now offer a seamless experience for those donors.” David Gilmartin, a board member of the former United Way in Waukesha County and global director, commercial insights at GE Healthcare, said the new partnership will be good for the community. “GE Healthcare, with campuses in Waukesha County, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee, is a major supporter of United Way. This combined entity will bring new energy that will be beneficial to the entire four-county region.”
Jay Magulski, United Way in Waukesha County board chair added: “By combining resources, professional expertise, and experience, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County will be a stronger organization better equipped to address the needs of our local communities.”
Stacey D. Stewart, US President, United Way Worldwide, said the merger aligns with the network’s philosophy. “As United Way continues to evolve, the natural progression of our work should have us all asking how we can be even more effective, put greater resources against mission-related efforts and ultimately—better serve our communities,” Stewart said. “The decision by United Way of Greater Milwaukee and United Way in Waukesha County to merge their operations will allow more powerful responses to pressing community issues that are market-driven rather than geography-driven and will increase satisfaction among key corporate accounts in this multi-county area.”
The vision for the new entity is to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by ensuring all Waukesha County and Greater Milwaukee residents have access to the basic building blocks of a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. “The challenges facing our communities do not recognize city boundaries or county lines,” said David Lubar, board chair of United Way of Greater Milwaukee. “This larger United Way will be able to partner with local and regional organizations and attract new funding from individual and corporate donors who are more interested in wider geographic programs that serve a greater number of people, influence social change and solve more problems.” Young emphasized that money raised in the community will stay in the community. “We are looking forward to implementing agency-wide best practices in programs, fundraising, and administration with a new focus on providing community impact across geographic borders.” Jayne Thoma, executive director of the former United Way in Waukesha County, will oversee the larger organization’s volunteer efforts as the vice president of the Center for Community Collaboration. “Volunteers are the heart of United Way and will continue to play an essential role in this exciting new entity,” said Thoma. “Volunteers can remain involved in the causes they love, but now also have the opportunity to make a greater impact throughout the four-county footprint.” Thoma will continue to support the Thriving Waukesha County Initiative on behalf of the new organization. The initiative was launched in 2012 to build capacity and strategic collaboration among the entire health and human services sector with the goal of driving greater efficiencies, long-term stability, and collective impact. Lubar added, “Expanding regional volunteer engagement is a strategic imperative for
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With plans in place to complete construction of a new Forest Home branch of the Milwaukee Public Library by 2017, members of the public will have the opportunity Tuesday to view proposals and offer input.
Alderman José G. Pérez urges residents who are interested to attend the neighborhood meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave. Developer teams will present their proposals to the community and the MPL Building and Development Committee. The committee may select a project to recommend to the Library Board.
The developer team of Cardinal Capital and Journey House propose a mixed-use development with 51 units affordable housing (24 for youth aging out of foster care), a 16,500 square-foot library and dedicated on-site parking for library users. The project would involve tearing down a Dental Associates building and rebuilding on the site located at 1135 S. Cesar Chavez Dr.
The developer team of Gorman USA, Mitchell Investment Properties and VJS Construction propose a mixed-use development with 33 units of affordable housing, a 15,000 square-foot library and dedicated on-site parking for library users through the renovation of the “Hills Building” at 930 W. Mitchell St.
Residents are also invited to complete a survey and learn more online at www.mpl.org/about/library_development.php<;http://www.mpl.org/about/library_development.php>.
The survey and proposal summaries are available in English and in Spanish.
Joint statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II
November 25, 2014
Our hearts go out to the Brown family and to the people of Ferguson. Last night’s announcement of the grand jury’s choice not to charge Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, with the death of Mike Brown was a major blow to our hope for justice, and to the similar hopes of millions of Americans. Although the verdict may not have been what many wanted, there is much to be learned from the lesson of Ferguson, and as we watch the unrest, we should also see the hurt and pain.
We know there is hurt and pain because we have learned of the witnesses’
accounts who say Mike Brown was mere feet away from Officer Wilson, facing the officer with his hands raised in the air and imploring, “Don’t shoot, I’m unarmed.” In Milwaukee we have seen the pain and the hurt in the faces of the family of Dontre Hamilton, the 31-year-old Milwaukee native and resident shot and killed by former Milwaukee Officer Christopher Manney earlier this year in Red Arrow Park. To date there is no decision from the District Attorney in the Dontre Hamilton case, and it’s been nearly seven months since Dontre’s death.
Watching what is happening in Ferguson, we hope that we are collectively taking notes here in Milwaukee. It has been especially striking to see how much preparation has gone into readying for the verdict in Ferguson and how little has gone into helping the community to heal.
Transparency of process and systemic change are essential in Milwaukee.
Throughout any process or investigation all affected parties have to feel heard and that their concerns are being addressed. Long-term, systemic changes are needed, including new laws and better police training, in the hopes of preventing additional incidents like Milwaukee’s Dontre Hamilton case.
We believe we need to spend more time thinking about how we can heal in Milwaukee and how we can effectuate meaningful, systematic, systemic change in the wake of the Hamilton case. Ferguson received a grand jury verdict in less than four months; our community has been waiting for a decision for nearly seven months. We hope the District Attorney comes out with the findings in the Hamilton case soon so that Dontre’s family can begin healing.
MADISON) – The costumes may be different every year (Elsa from the movie “Frozen” is the top selling outfit this year), the treats at each door change, but one thing is constant each Halloween, your child’s safety is the number one priority. Wisconsin Emergency Management’s “ReadyWisconsin” campaign has these safety tips and ideas.
Trick or Treat Rules
Children under the age of 12 should trick-or-treat with a trusted adult, not alone.
Children over 12 should walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Make sure your child or a responsible adult with them carries a cell phone for quick communication.
Only visit well-lit homes and never accept rides from strangers.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
Fastening reflective tape to costumes and bags also helps drivers see you.
Make sure costumes (including masks, beards and wigs) are flame resistant.
Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
Test make-up in small area and remove all make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
Do not allow your children to wear decorative contact lenses as they present a risk of serious eye injury.
Check Your Treats
An adult should examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
Avoid eating homemade treats made by a stranger.
When it doubt, throw it out.
Have a fun and safe Halloween!
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Election Commission registrars and other volunteers will be stationed at three Housing Authority developments this Saturday to register voters and to assist citizens in preparing for the ID requirements needed to vote.
What: Voter Registration and Information
When: Saturday, October 11, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Three locations:
Hillside Family Resource Center, 1452 N. 7th Street
Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, 5460 N. 64th Street
Parklawn YMCA, 4340 N. 46th Street