HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee empowers residents to transform neighborhoods by re-purposing vacant lots into community assets that spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution. HOME GR/OWN is an initiative of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the Office of Environmental Sustainability



  • Work to transform neighborhoods. HOME GR/OWN concentrates City and partner resources in targeted neighborhoods, in order to catalyze the biggest change.
  • Make it easier to access local food and re-purpose vacant lots. We work within City government to streamline processes, permitting and ordinances make it easier to access to healthy food, new food-based entrepreneurship and vacant lot re-purposing.
  • Work within community food systems. HOME GR/OWN is working to link local growers to local markets, and creating new jobs and opportunities.
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Mayor Tom Barrett’s HOME GR/OWN initiative is working to transform neighborhoods. Learn more about us and what we do. HOME GR/OWN In the News.


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Current Projects

HOME GR/OWN is working throughout the City on exciting, neighborhood project including the City's new pocket park: Ezekiel Gillespie Park

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We can help residents re-purpose vacant lots and increase access to healthy, local food.

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Engage and Connect

Help HOME GR/OWN MILWAUKEE create Strong Neighborhoods and increase local food.


Contact Us

Tim McCollow, HOME GR/OWN Program Manager
(414) 286-3748

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How You Can Help

Funds donated to HOME GR/OWN will be used to support City-owned vacant lot projects which coincide with the following HOME GR/OWN objectives:

  • Increase access to local, healthy food
  • Revitalizing/engaging communities