Alderman Murphy Receives the Common Ground
Alderman Murphy joined the Rev. Bobby Sinclair of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, and Maria Prioletta of the Department of City Development at a Common Ground special event at the Italian Conference Center in late April. Alderman Murphy was the recipient of the Common Ground Hero Award for “standing with Common Ground since the beginning of our foreclosure fight and working with Common Ground to secure $33.8 million from five major banks (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, US Bank and Wells Fargo),” according to Common Ground’s Kathleen Scott. A portion of that $33.8 million is supporting Milwaukee Rising, a Common Ground housing revitalization initiative that is transforming foreclosed homes in city neighborhoods so that the properties can again become available for sale. Ms. Prioletta, and DCD’s Jim Sayers, and Sam Leichtling were also recognized with Hero Awards for their efforts to commit $2 million of Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to Milwaukee Rising, and for working to strategically implement the funds to create a positive impact in the Sherman Park neighborhood.