City will begin accepting STRONG Homes Loan Program applications in January
Milwaukee homeowners looking to tap into $1 million in partially-forgivable loans to fund essential home repairs can begin applying for the STRONG Homes Loan program on January 2. Under the program, owner-occupants can apply for loans of up to $20,000 to pay for emergency repairs, essential rehabilitation and code correction orders, with loan interest rates between zero and three percent. Eligible projects include roof replacement, replacement of failing porches and the repair or replacement of deteriorating siding or failing exterior paint.
Qualifying households must have an income at or below 120 percent of the area median ($84,360 for a family of four). 25 percent of the loan amount will be forgiven if the owner stays in the home for 10 years. Information and applications are available at milwaukee.gov/STRONGloan.
Homebuyer Assistance Program
Forgivable Loans up to $20,000 for the Rehabilitation of City-Owned Homes
Are you interested in purchasing and fixing up a City-owned home? The City of Milwaukee’s Strong Neighborhoods Plan is a multi-pronged approach to address increased numbers of City-owned foreclosed properties. The plan includes providing fully forgivable loans of up to $20,000 to assist owner-occupant buyers with the rehabilitation of City-owned foreclosed homes. The Homebuyer Assistance Program is available throughout the City of Milwaukee, is not limited to first time homebuyers, and has no maximum income limits for qualification. As part of the program, applicants are provided free technical assistance to help with scope of work development, soliciting bids from licensed contractors, and monitoring rehabilitation. For more information about the Homebuyer Assistance Program, links to property listings, or for a schedule of upcoming Homebuyer Orientation Sessions, please visit: www.milwaukee.gov/HBA or call (414) 286-5610. The City of Milwaukee and our partners in Take Root Milwaukee are committed to assisting homeowners who may be at risk of foreclosure explore all of the options that may be available to keep them in their homes. If you or someone you know may be facing foreclosure, please visit www.takerootmilwaukee.com or call (414) 921-4149.
Unique Design Wins Commission for East Library Public Art
The Milwaukee Public Library has selected UW-Milwaukee lecturer and longtime resident Ray Chi to design and implement a public art installation outside the new East Branch of the library, which is under construction at North Ave. and Cramer St.
Chi’s art proposal will invigorate the space with three separate and distinct features—rack, serpent and boulder—which offer a unique take on three overlooked and under-loved elements of the urban landscape: the bike rack, the strip of grass by the street curb and the concrete that makes up streets and sidewalks.
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New Design Approved for Former Site of Pizza Man
The Architectural Review Board has given its approval to plans to redevelop the former site of Pizza Man restaurant at the corner of E. North Ave and N. Oakland Ave. These renderings represent the architect's approved concept for the development.
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New 2014 Virtual Night Parking Permit System
For the convenience of the city’s night parking permit customers, there will be no requirement to display a physical permit starting in 2014. When residents buy a night parking permit after December 20, 2013, they will complete the same application, accurately listing the applicable license plate number. Residents will receive a confirmation number to prove purchase of the permit, but will not receive a physical permit to place on the vehicle’s window.
The license plate number will be used by parking enforcement to determine whether the owner has purchased a valid permit. All customer service problems arising from misplaced or stolen permits will be eliminated. Failure to purchase a permit will still be subject to a $20 citation.
When a resident purchases a permit online, the cost savings derived from the elimination of permit production, handling and mailing costs will be passed on to customers. The convenience fee will be reduced from the current $2.25 to $1.00.
Visit www.milwaukee.gov/parking to purchase a night permit online and avoid the hassle of standing in line to pay in-person. Please call 286-CITY (2489) with any questions.
Alderman Kovac in the Media
Joel Van Haren of WUWM's Lake Effect produced this interview with Milwaukee 3rd district Alderman Nik Kovac on East Newberry Boulevard. The boulevard between Lake and Riverside parks was named one of the “10 Great Streets for 2009” by the American Planning Association.