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The Strong Neighborhoods Plan is Mayor Barrett’s initiative to address City tax foreclosures.

The City is owner of last resort for more than 1,100 residential properties. Many of these homes have gone through foreclosure and abandonment, which creates venues for crime and drags down property values. The Mayor developed the Plan to continue the success Milwaukee has seen in the fight against foreclosure.

The Mayor’s goals for the Strong Neighborhoods Plan are:

  1. PREVENT tax foreclosures with new City efforts and working with community partners
  2. MITIGATE blight and maintain City owned property to a “good neighbor” standard
  3. REVITALIZE neighborhoods by selling City properties and generating funds for renovation
  4. RENEW our neighborhoods by activating vacant spaces, involving city businesses, and creating job opportunities for city residents

To fund the Plan, Mayor Barrett and the Common Council allocated $11.7 million in City resources in the 2014 Adopted Budget, with a commitment to a similar level of funding over the next several years. The Mayor and Common Council remain committed to fighting the effects of foreclosure throughout Milwaukee, and the Plan provides new resources for those efforts.


STRONG Neighborhoods Plan Photo Gallery

Strong Neighborhoods Plan

Events & Announcements 

Apply for TIN - Targeted Investment Neighborhood
The goal of the City's TIN program is to stabilize and improve neighborhoods. TINs use strategies to strengthen property values, stabilize and increase owner-occupancy, improve overall physical appearance, and enhance quality of life. Application deadline to apply - October 13, 2014
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Homebuyer Orientation Session
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 6-7:30pm
Washington Park Library
2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
(2nd Floor Meeting Room)
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Community Warehouse
$5 New Member Special Offer
Provides discounted home improvement products
Valid through November 15, 2014
Must bring printed flyer in for discount.
Residents must be located in CDBG area to qualify for membership
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Housing Resource Guide

Vacant Lot Handbook

Quick Links

Let’s work together to build a stronger Milwaukee!

Your assistance will increase the effectiveness of our collective efforts to minimize the negative effects of foreclosed properties in your neighborhood. It's quick and easy to report your concerns or connect with us for more information.

Click for Action: Online Service Request

Call for Action: (414) 286-CITY
(414) 286-2489 

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