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City Real Estate E-Newsletter

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Walnut Circle

Walnut Circle is one of Milwaukee’s newest single-family subdivisions, located near the intersection of 20th and Walnut. Lots available for $1.00, along with a $10,000 forgivable second mortgage loan.


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.


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.

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 and create 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 $23.8 million in City resources in the 2014 and 2015 Adopted Budgets. 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

December 25, 2015 - City springs surprise, gives family home for holiday

December 13, 2015 - Milwaukee sells 501 tax-foreclosed properties

December 13, 2015 - Neighborhood Reclamation Program: City officials working to get foreclosed properties sold

November 30, 2015 - Saving Wally Schmidt: Historic restaurant and tavern plans a revamp

November 22, 2015 - Turning Milwaukee’s vacant lots into ‘pocket parks:’ “Filling that spot with something positive”

November 18, 2015 - Vacant south side building to be renovated for design business

October 7, 2015 - Former bar to be converted into snack-making facility

September 16, 2015 - Plan calls for former King Drive restaurant to become grocery store

September 10, 2015 - Renovation planned for long-vacant building on Brady St.

July 30, 2105 - Wy'east Pizza is coming to Washington Heights

July 30, 2015 - Building purchased, Wy'East Pizza looks to open in late fall on the west side

July 30, 2015 - Second healthy food market proposed for King Drive

July 10, 2015 - WasteCap opens warehouse of salvaged building materials to the public

June 23, 2015 - Aldermen pass measure targeting zombie houses

June 11, 2015 - Vacant house brought back to life as home for older foster children

April 3, 2015 - Milwaukee completes sale of foreclosed Esperanza Unida building to apartment developer

February 16, 2015 - Craft furniture maker proposed for vacant Sherman Park library

February 13, 2015 - City of Milwaukee “Does Not Want to Take Your Home”

February 11, 2015 - City reaches out to delinquent tax payers

February 7, 2015 - Developments breathe new life into National Ave. neighborhood

February 3, 2015 - Couple saved from foreclosure get additional help from strangers

January 30, 2015 - Neighbors, city officials, bank rally to save couple from tax foreclosure

January 10, 2015 - NNS Special Report: Foreclosures, Block by Block website

January 9, 2015 Foreclosures Block by Block: Clarke Square

January 8, 2015 Foreclosures Block by Block: Layton Boulevard West

January 7, 2015 - Five Neighborhoods With Foreclosure Problems

Decmber 22, 2014 - Home Repair: The mayor and the Common Council strike a compromise to provide loans to Milwaukee homeowners who are here for the long haul

December 19, 2014 - Greater Milwaukee Foundation chooses new ‘Healthy Neighborhoods’

November 19, 2014 - “A unique program:” Starting January 1st, homeowners can apply for Milwaukee’s STRONG Homes Loan program

November 13, 2014 - Frank Talk About Milwaukee’s Foreclosure Crisis

November 11, 2014 - On the Issues with Mike Gousha: Milwaukee's Foreclosure Crisis

October 28, 2014 - City Program Could Sell Homes for $1

September 29, 2014 - CITYLAB video: Inclusive Approaches to Building Better Neighborhoods

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

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

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

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

August 17, 2014 - City makes progress on tax-foreclosed homes; more work needed

July 30, 2014 - Another foreclosed home in Milwaukee sells

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

July 16, 2014 - Restaurant owners plan central city grocery

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

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

January 17, 2014 - Landlord alliances strengthen city neighborhoods

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

January 9, 2014 - Barrett appoints leaders of housing program

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

October 4, 2013 - Mayor envisions turning foreclosures into opportunities

September 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
Let's work together to build a stronger Milwaukee.

Events and Announcements

Housing Resource Fair
Thursday, February 4, 4-7pm
Kosciuszko Community Center, 2201 S. 7th St.

Homebuyer Orientation Sessions
Tuesday, February 23, 6-7:30pm
Forest Home Library (Community Room)
1432 W. Forest Home Ave.

Learn about $20,000 forgivable loan for rehab of City-owned homes.

$20,000 forgivable loan


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