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City Real Estate E-Newsletter

Want to keep up with all the latest news, program updates and events from City Real Estate? View an archive of past e-newsletters online and find out how to receive updates in your email box each month.


STRONG Homes Loan

Partially forgivable loans to make emergency and essential home repairs and address building code orders. Loans are repayable, with a deferred payment option available for homeowners who are low income and elderly or disabled.


HBA $20,000 Forgivable Loan

Learn more about the Homebuyer Assistance Program, which offers assistance from a rehab specialist and up to a $20,000 forgivable loan for the rehab of City-owned homes.  Visit Homebuyer Assistance Program webpage.


Benefits of Buying a City-owned Home

City Real Estate offers a $500 ROOTS Lanscaping Incentive and pays the broker fees for you! Additionally, the Homebuyer Assistance Program offers a $20,000 forgivable loan for rehab and a rehab specialist for FREE. View the infographic for more information and to see a sample monthly housing payment. View homes for sale.

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




In the News

Sept. 23, 2014 - “It’s a win for everybody:” Program to sell Milwaukee’s foreclosed homes is working, and expanding

Sept. 23, 2014 - Tom Barrett's Milwaukee budget emphasizes innovation, city responsibilities

Sept. 23, 2014 - Barrett emphasizes training, combating foreclosures in 2015 city budget proposal

Sept. 22, 2014 - Milwaukee may double number of brokers selling tax-foreclosed homes

July 30, 2014 - Another foreclosed home in Milwaukee sells

July 30, 2014 - Barrett says city sold 175 foreclosed homes in 2014, halfway to goal

May 7, 2014 - New Milwaukee Ordinance Could Help Bring A Community Garden to An Empty Lot Near You

April 22, 2014 - Next City: With demolitions on the horizon, Milwaukee preservationists seek balance between history and safety

April 16, 2014 – Milwaukee’s push to turn vacant land into urban farms

April 11, 2014 - The Vivas family has a new home

April 7, 2014 – Mayor Barrett talks Strong Neighborhoods Plan on WUWM Lake Effect

March 29, 2014 – Fox 6: Milwaukee residents find homes through City program

Feb. 13, 2014 - City hopes to turn vacant lots to garden plots

Jan. 17, 2014 - Landlord alliances strengthen city neighborhoods

Jan. 10, 2014 - City pilot program to keep demolition work in-house begins next week

Jan. 9, 2014 - Barrett appoints leaders of housing program

Jan. 6, 2014 - Three more neighborhoods eligible for city loans under TIN program

Oct. 4, 2013 - Mayor envisions turning foreclosures into opportunities

Sept. 14, 2013 - Barrett proposes $11.7 million plan aimed at city's foreclosed homes

May 14, 2013 - Amani youth art show complements Bloom and Groom


Strong Neighborhoods Plan

Events and Announcements

Homebuyer Orientation Sessions
Wednesday, January
28, 2015, 6-7:30pm
Washington Park Library (Community Room)
2121 N. Sherman Blvd 
Click to Learn More


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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