Major $2 million neighborhood improvement grant will help Sherman Park
Joint statement from Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II and Alderman Michael J. Murphy November 22, 2016
Today the Common Council approved legislation that will enable the City of Milwaukee to use up to $2 million in grant funding from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions for the demolition, deconstruction and rehabilitation of blighted properties.
The funding is expected to pay for the demolition of 100 homes – thereby removing potential neighborhood health and public safety threats to citizens – and for 100 homes to be rehabilitated.
We think the initiative is a much-needed win-win-win for Milwaukee.
Additionally, the initiative will promote homeownership with purchase or lease-to-own options. This approach nurtures stable, owner occupied homeownership to build and strengthen our neighborhoods.
Last, renovation funds will be awarded to for-profit and non-profit developers through a Request for Proposal process, with funds to be used to pay wages for individuals who are enrolled in a construction trades training program, certified by the Residents Preference Program, or alumni of the Compete Milwaukee transitional jobs program. These local workers will be paid a living wage to do valuable work that furthers their skills and invests in and improves our housing stock.
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