Though foreclosure rates are now at the lowest levels in more than a decade, millions of homeownders still struggle to pay the mortgage every month. Whether the culprit is a job loss, temporary disability or another unexpected reason, falling behind on the mortgage is stressful. Check out this MoneyGeek site for more info on what you can do to stay out of foreclosure.
Spring Cleaning? Project Clean & Green Can Help
Project Clean & Green will be held again this spring, allowing residents of the 5th District to leave extra materials and items out for pickup by sanitation crews. However, it should be noted that no construction materials, appliances, hazardous waste, paint, electronics, more than 5 automobile tires, or brush piles larger then 2 cubic yards (equivalent to a 6-foot sofa) will be accepted.
In the 5th District: For residents south of W. Villard Ave., Clean & Green will occur May 8-12, and for residents north of W. Villard Ave., it will occur May 22-26. Click on the map to enlarge.
Items are collected on the designated garbage collection day during the assigned Clean and Green week and residents can look up their zone by address at
Water Quality Task Force Submits Recommendations
The City of Milwaukee Water Quality Task Force has been meeting regularly since September 2016, investigating ways to make sure the city's drinking water is safe from lead in old water line pipes and lateral service lines. A final Report and Recommendations document has been approved, and highlights steps and methods that will ensure the long-term health and safety of Milwaukee's drinking water. The next step will be for Common Council members to review it and take action on specific areas that may need it. More news to come as it happens.
Beyond the Bell Milwaukee
Milwaukee youth now have access to more than 200 after school programs and services at their fingertips, thanks to a new app developed by Beyond the Bell Milwaukee. The app is a direct response to a 2013 survey of more than 1,000 Milwaukee youth that found “lack of program awareness” as the number one barrier to after school engagement. Youth, parents and community can download the app on Apple and Android by visiting www.beyondthebellmke.org.
Beyond the Bell is a coalition of youth-serving agencies, funders, policymakers and youth who work to ensure all young people have access to quality after school and summer opportunities.
Milwaukee Volunteers Needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters
In Milwaukee, adult volunteers are needed for the growing number of children ages 6-15 waiting for a Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mentor. The majority of waiting children are boys in need of Big Brothers.
Hundreds of children are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister in Milwaukee, including more than 60 who live in the 5th Aldermanic District.
Amy Chionchio, president and CEO of BBBS of Metro Milwaukee said: “The need for volunteers, especially males, is critical. Your generous gift of mentoring a child can help increase their ability to succeed in school, gain greater self-confidence, make positive choices, and change their lives for the better, forever. ”
BBBS volunteers mentor children one-on-one, three to four times a month, and scheduling is based on the availability of the volunteer. Activities may include going to the park, sharing a meal, working on schoolwork, and attending sporting events, or participating in simple everyday activities and hobbies such as cooking and gardening. Men and women may volunteer individually or as a couple. The minimum age for volunteers is 21.
For information, contact BBBS of Metro Milwaukee at (414) 258-4778, online at www.bbbsmilwaukee.org, or on Facebook or Twitter.