New Housing for Human Trafficking Victims
Foundations for Freedom will offer emergency housing for women forced into sex work.
The City of Milwaukee has found a partner and a building for a new emergency housing facility for victims of human trafficking.
“The buyer will use each unit as emergency housing,” said Department of City Development real estate services manager Amy Turim in presenting the plan to members of Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee on Tuesday.
Now the council will use $80,000 of that allocation to support Patterson’s project. The anticipated renovation costs, including the forgivable loan, are $120,000 according to a city report.
“I look forward to this project occurring,” said Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, in whose district the facility will be located. She represents the area and held a community meeting with neighbors to get their feedback. “I want to thank Alderwoman Lewis for her leadership on emergency housing.”
Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II is also sponsoring the funding allocation and property sale.
Foundations for Freedom will pay $1,000 for the building and is required to maintain it as a taxable property. World-Patterson must operate the facility for five years and submit annual reports for the no-interest loan to be forgiven.
“Thank you,” said Turim. “The developer is also extremely grateful.”
The discussion, or lack thereof, was a stark departure from February 2020 when committee members expressed frustration with what they perceived as inaction by DCD.
World-Patterson was one of the potential partners DCD said it had reached out to, but the department wanted to wait to let the selected partner drive the property selection. Coggs, Stamper and others pushed for DCD to pick the right property when it was available before finalizing the partner.
The city now has both a partner and a property, with cash left over to fund future projects.
A smaller forgivable loan, $17,724, was provided to Community Advocates in September 2020 to rehabilitate two homes for families needing emergency housing.
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