Evers Allocating $20 Million For Affordable Housing Projects
Program could move 17 Milwaukee projects from rendering to reality.
Governor Tony Evers is throwing a lifeline to dozens of affordable housing projects stuck in limbo because of rising construction costs.
Evers is allocating $20 million from the state’s federal American Rescue Plan Act grant to fill financing gaps in affordable housing projects that were allocated tax credits in 2020 or 2021. Construction costs rose during the pandemic as a result of supply chain issues and now inflation pressures are further pushing costs up.
The effort is intended to move approximately 1,800 units of affordable, rental housing from the drawing board to construction.
Seventeen Milwaukee projects would be eligible for the funding, including a number of proposals that have recently received extensions on purchase agreements from the city.
The money would be allocated by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), which is the entity that originally allocated low-income housing tax credits to each proposal.
“WHEDA’s housing tax credit program has a long-standing history of advancing housing equity and economic opportunity for the people of our state,” said newly-appointed WHEDA CEO and Executive Director Elmer Moore Jr. “We know that demand for these highly competitive credits far outpace availability. That is why it is important for us to work together to help get these housing projects across the finish line despite the challenging market conditions our developer partners are facing.”
The announcement comes on top of a February announcement that Evers would use ARPA funding to plug financing gaps in five affordable housing projects in the city. Each of those projects meets the criteria for the newly-announced grant program.
A press release announced that eligible projects would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to assess their needs.
Eligible Milwaukee Projects
- EIGHTEEN87 on Water
- City Place Two
- Garden Homes Neighborhood Initiative
- William McKinley School Apartments
- Washington Park Scattered Sites
- Chapel Garden Apartments
- Westlawn Renaissance IV
- Five Points Lofts (received $1 million in February)
- Bronzeville Estates (received $1 million in February)
- Bethesda Cornerstone Village – Highland
- Riverwest Workforce Apartments & Food Accelerator (received $1 million in February)
- Michigan Street Commons
- Edison School Apartments (received $1 million in February)
- Townhomes at Carver Park
- Westlawn Renaissance V
- Westlawn Renaissance VII
- MLK Library Apartments (received $2.9 million in February)
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