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Non-Profit Organization Guidelines for Purchasing City Houses

The city will sell to non-profit organizations at a reduced price of $1,000 if the property listed for sale is $15,000 or less.

  • Must have been in operation for at least 12 months
  • Must have housing rehab experience and the intent of the purchase must be to rehabilitate the property
  • After rehabilitation is complete the property must be sold to an owner-occupant


The following are the steps you need to take to secure such a purchase:

  1. Choose a vacant property on the Extended Listing with a sales price equal to or less than $15,000
  2. Provide letter stating the intent of the purchase, as stated above
  3. Examine the scope of work for the repairs (provided by the City)
  4. Provide a timetable for the completion of the work
  5. Provide evidence of financing for the rehabilitation of the property (no gift letters)
  6. Provide IRS Non-Profit 501(c)(3) letter
  7. Must be registered with Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
  8. Complete offer using city form: City of Milwaukee - Offer to Purchase
  9. A $50.00 earnest money deposit made payable to the City of Milwaukee
    (cashier’s check or money order and is non-refundable if offer is accepted)


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