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A Child’s Autism Inspires Children’s Book

A Child’s Autism Inspires Children’s Book

Local mother writes “Alone Bird: A Story About Autism,” to give her daughter a voice.

‘There Are No Throwaway People’

‘There Are No Throwaway People’

Sister MacCanon Brown’s mission to serve homeless residents.

9 Things About Affordable Homes Program

9 Things About Affordable Homes Program

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity now accepting applications for first-time homebuyers.

Popular Milwaukee DJ Publishes Book

Popular Milwaukee DJ Publishes Book

Tyrone Miller, aka DJ Bizzon, is author of the 'Hal Leonard DJ Method.’

Program Teaches Tenants Rights for Renters

Program Teaches Tenants Rights for Renters

Rent For Success gives renters information and practical advice for safely renting in Milwaukee.

Community Leaders Lament Jacob Blake Decision

Community Leaders Lament Jacob Blake Decision

Dismay over Kenosha County DA choosing not to charge officer who shot Blake.

Housing Advocates Prepare For End of Eviction Moratorium

Housing Advocates Prepare For End of Eviction Moratorium

With no extension in sight, advocates are scrambling for solutions to an expected tidal wave of evictions.

Housing Funding Lacking Despite ‘Right To Shelter’

Housing Funding Lacking Despite ‘Right To Shelter’

Ending homelessness in Milwaukee County will require additional resources.

Hoops Earrings Portraits Get National Attention

Hoops Earrings Portraits Get National Attention

Local artist Nicole Acosta does photos and stories of women wearing earrings and project went viral.

Amani Woman’s Baking Turned Into a Business

Amani Woman’s Baking Turned Into a Business

Sherry Green baked cookies for others during the pandemic, then people started buying them.

Election Over, Activists Prepare To Hold Officials Accountable

Election Over, Activists Prepare To Hold Officials Accountable

"It is expected that we are going to stop paying attention now that the election is over, so we have to pay extra attention."

Homeless Sanctuary Needs More Volunteers

Homeless Sanctuary Needs More Volunteers

Amid pandemic, MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary handling triple the number of homeless people.

Museum Seeks to Address “Whiteness” Barrier

Museum Seeks to Address “Whiteness” Barrier

Milwaukee Art Museum’s new curator of community dialogue wants to break down barriers to people of color.

Ko-Thi Founder Is Still Active

Ko-Thi Founder Is Still Active

'Mama Ferne' Caulker retired but still advises troupe, works on her memoir.

How George Hinton Rose to Leadership

How George Hinton Rose to Leadership

CEO of Social Development Commission was high school dropout, one of 14 children.

Emergency Fund Helps MATC Students

Emergency Fund Helps MATC Students

Fast Fund helps students with unexpected school, housing, food and gas expenses.

WHEDA CEO Works for the Underrepresented

WHEDA CEO Works for the Underrepresented

Joaquín Altoro decided early in his career he wanted to be the 'Banker of the Underrepresented.'

North Side Org Advocates for Climate Equity

North Side Org Advocates for Climate Equity

North Side Rising gives north siders a voice for climate and economic equality.

Homeless Providers Brace For The Worst

Homeless Providers Brace For The Worst

Quarantine requirements, more living on streets, complicate the problem.

Nationwide Eviction Moratorium Enacted

Nationwide Eviction Moratorium Enacted

Evictions are halted until the end of the year for renters that lost income during the pandemic.

Young Black Men Respond to Blake Shooting

Young Black Men Respond to Blake Shooting

Milwaukeeans talk about what their experience with police is like, what they'd like to see.

Pandemic Aid Programs Are Failing Us

Pandemic Aid Programs Are Failing Us

One man's story of resilience, navigating unemployment during COVID-19.

City Steers $15 Million More to Help Renters

City Steers $15 Million More to Help Renters

Funding from federal CARES Act will help meet surging demand for rental assistance payments.

Black Women Feel Left Out of BLM Leadership

Black Women Feel Left Out of BLM Leadership

Activists say they've been ignored and left out of decision making.

Rental Assistance Program Continues to Face Challenges

Rental Assistance Program Continues to Face Challenges

Some applicants have received rental aid, but most still await assistance.

Agencies Struggle With Demand for Rent Assistance

Agencies Struggle With Demand for Rent Assistance

Tens of thousands have applied for rental assistance since the eviction ban expired.

SDC Deluged With Rental Assistance Requests

SDC Deluged With Rental Assistance Requests

24,000 have filed applications, Social Development Commission has processed just 154.

24,000 Rental Assistance Claims in Metro Area

24,000 Rental Assistance Claims in Metro Area

Social Development Commission swamped with requests, working its way through backlog.

Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth This Year

Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth This Year

Despite the pandemic, there are a number of virtual events and protests this Juneteenth.

Milwaukee Mothers Rally For Racial Justice

Milwaukee Mothers Rally For Racial Justice

“I need this country to be better for my children.”

Local Faith Communities Adapt to Epidemic

Local Faith Communities Adapt to Epidemic

Online prayers, services via Facebook Live, posting sermons on YouTube.

Residents Rally for Clean Drinking Water

Residents Rally for Clean Drinking Water

Coalition On Lead Emergency pushes for action, some city officials pledge to help.