The BUILD Sherman Park project will host a kickoff event and open house for interested community members to learn about the project and how to get involved next week on Tuesday, December 17. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and take place at the Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond Du Lac Avenue.
The project is a partnership between the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Office of Violence Prevention; Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital, St. Joseph Campus; United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County; and the Sherman Park Community Association, Inc. The groups were recently awarded $250,000 as part of the BUILD Health Challenge®, a national program focusing on bold, upstream, integrated, local, and data-driven projects that can improve community health. The project will see an additional $336,000 in matching support from Ascension Wisconsin, and will engage community members around the Milwaukee Blueprint for Peace, a community-oriented outline for addressing the complex factors that drive violence in Milwaukee.
“This project is a great example of the power of partnership. All of these organizations will be able to make a greater impact on the neighborhood together, and I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who helped make this a reality,” said Alderman Michael J. Murphy. “I encourage community members to join the kickoff event to learn more about the project and how they can get involved.”
The BUILD Sherman Park kickoff event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.
For more on the BUILD Health Challenge, visit https://buildhealthchallenge.org/. Visit https://www.unitedwaygmwc.org/Our-Impact/BUILD-Sherman-Park.htm for updates on BUILD Sherman Park.
MERI Program Succeeds in Job Creation and Residential Rehab
The Milwaukee Renovation/Employment Initiative (MERI), a housing and job-creating program centered in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood, has culminated with the completion of 104 residential properties. That exceeds the original goal of 100 renovated properties. Mayor Tom Barrett, Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld, and other officials will mark the accomplishment Monday at one of the renovated homes.
The MERI program was created in the months following the 2016 Sherman Park civil unrest where a fatal police shooting prompted protests, property damage, and arson. The MERI goals were twofold, to improve both housing and employment opportunities centered in the Sherman Park neighborhood.
“We know strong neighborhoods are supported by quality housing and people who have good jobs. MERI has made the Sherman Park neighborhood stronger, and a stronger Sherman Park is good for the entire City of Milwaukee,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “MERI achieved the goals we established by creating and improving homes and by generating jobs for Milwaukee workers.”
The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) supported the MERI efforts with $1-million, money that came from a lawsuit settlement with the automaker Volkswagen. DFI allocated an additional $1-million toward demolition of properties that were beyond repair.
Six developers participated in the MERI program, Strong Blocks, Advance Construction, Revive MKE, Jason Scott Realty, Gorman & Co., and Ezekiel Community Development Corp. The overall investment in the 104 properties was $7.9-million.
Unemployed or underemployed Milwaukee residents worked on every renovated MERI property. These certified Residents Preference Program workers logged 33,000 work hours on the properties. The program required a minimum wage of just under $11/hour.
|MERI Program Reaches Housing and Employment Goals|
Date: Monday, July 22nd
Time: 3:15 pm
Location: 3011 North Sherman Blvd. (across from Sherman Park)
Milwaukee’s own, Terrell Harris, Founder of Words & Images is a man on a true mission to make an impact in the city. His family owned T-shirt printing company isn’t your average prints shop by any means. Terrell Harris doesn’t just focus on making shirts. In fact, his main focus is simply to make a difference.
Mr. Harris has a mission to build self value and community value. He believes it’s self value, taking care of ourselves, having a sense of purpose and feeling belonged all play a part in the community. While community value, such a sharing connections, resources, and supporting one another, is what makes our community strong. It’s what keeps us thriving.
Terrell started his Words & Images brand back in 2015. Since then he create the “Milwaukee State of Mind” shirt and began to partner with many major brands and many brand within the city. He is very compassionate about inspiring the community having grown up in the Sherman Park area. Growing up Terrell saw a lot of violence and other activities in the area that he says young people should not have to see. There was lots of dysfunction.
Because of this he knew he wanted to be a part of the solution, as he is. Mr. Harris is a man with great faith and belief in his community. He understands it’s normal to reach to the outskirts of the city for help but he believes in the power of problem solving within.
Overall Terrell is an valuable jewel right here in our city. He smile is bright and his arms are open. We need so many more people with the mindset like his in our community. We need more people willing to commit to a change. We need more people that value helping the community and only want to be remembered by their inspiration and beautiful children.
This is how a black man truly fights back. I was completely blessed for the opportunity to interview him. So make sure to check it out.
So much love for you Terrell. Keep up the great work!
Alderman Khalif J. Raineyinvites the community to Saturday’s Annual Housing Resource Fairhosted by the Sherman Park Community Association. This event is a great place for homeowners to learn about home repair ideas and apply for up to $5,000 of grants for projects from the 2019 Neighborhood Improvement District Grant and the Targeted Investment Neighborhood Program. There will also be information sessions to learn about first-time home buying and a tenant/landlord workshop by representatives from Housing Resources, Inc., Associated Bank, and the City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services.
“The Annual Housing Resources Fair is an amazing opportunity for the community to learn about how to improve properties and even receive funding to do so! I strongly encourage any homeowner or those who wish to take the steps toward home ownership to attend this event,” Alderman Rainey said.
What: 2019 Annual Housing Resource Fair hosted by SPCA
When: Saturday, March 16 from at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Ascension- St. Joseph Hospital – Klieger Auditorium (5000 W. Chambers St.)
Two years ago the neighborhood of Sherman Park was threw into a frenzy, after Sylville Smith was murdered by then office Dominique Heagans Brown. Sparking outrage, riots and unfortunate fires, residents displayed their disgust for the injustice. Desperate to see change, one resident took it a step further.
UBLAC was formed by Markasa Tucker, and other powerful black women as a resource for the African American community. Standing for, “Uplifting Black Liberation and Community” she and other African American women work tirelessly to equip the black community with resources and educational opportunities.
The march took place Saturday morning, on the 29thof September. In conjunction with the empowerment march in DC, marching against issues such as, poverty, affordable housing, the renewal of the Violence against Woman Act, and Trump’s restriction of the word diversity and entitlement.
It was fitting the march took place from start to finish at the newly named Vel Phillips Street on north 4thstreet starting at Pete’s fruit market.
Taking place in the 6thdistrict that was once represented by Phillips, alderwoman Coggs spoke of its significance.
“The place behind us is a full service grocery store selling fruits and vegetables that would not be here if it was not for people who fought for what they wanted in their neighborhood.”
Coggs continued saying, “it was a group of black women who organized and got this changed from a dollar tree, to a full blown grocery store.”
Explaining the weight of the importance of marching down 4thstreet, Coggs talked of why the late Vel Phillips fought to have the street named after her. “It was adjacent to her dear friend of the civil right movement MLK; she was married to her husband Dale Phillips at St Marks church on 4thstreet.”
Congress Woman Gwen Moore echoed those sentiments saying, “She was black lives matter, when she could not put her face on literature”
Moore also said, “We are going to walk in the memory of the giant who was 84 pounds and quiet.”
A giant she was true to that, knocking down barrier after barrier in her 95 years of existence. The march took place at approximately 10:10am and lasting till 2pm. Residents marched, danced and laughed all down the street that was paved by Vel, and many black woman like her.
Save ST. Joe’s Community Conversation
Save St. Joe’s Coalition, Sherman Park and Uptown Neighborhood Residents Community Listening Session
Parklawn Assembly of God , 3725 North Sherman Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53216 April 24t h, 2018 @ 630pm-830pm
Even though Ascension has paused their cuts to St Joseph’s, we still want to hear from the community and keep up the pressure to save the last inner city hospital.
Please join us tomorrow at Parklawn Assembly of God, for this needed and important discussion with the community about what their needs and wants are for the community the St. Joseph’s serves
As spring approaches, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey encourages city residents to participate in the Sherman Park Community Association’s 8th Annual Bloom and Groom Sale. The neighborhood association will be selling a variety of flowers and seeds for city residents’ gardens.
City residents interested in beautifying their own yards with fresh flowers can fill out a Bloom and Groom order form. Residents can order seasonal flowers, including petunias and geraniums, vegetables, or grass seed for their yard. Completed order forms and payment must be submitted by March 19. Orders will be fulfilled and ready for pick up on May 19.
Alderman Rainey sees this flower sale as a new way to take on beautification projects in the 7th District. “Milwaukee’s residents take pride in their neighborhoods, and planting fresh flowers is an easy way, but significant way to beautify the neighborhoods we care so much about,” said Alderman Rainey. “I encourage 7th District residents to spruce up their gardens by planting a few flowers and enjoying the spring sunshine.”