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Growing Food. Growing Opportunities.

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

Read more about HOME GR/OWN In the News.

HOME GR/OWN Works with City Agencies: The HOME GR/OWN initiative coordinates activities by several City departments and agencies to lower implementation costs and streamline City policies across departments in order to effectively catalyze food system change in Milwaukee neighborhoods with the greatest demand for access to healthy food.

  • Department of City Development: City –owned real estate, planning and food policy
  • Department of Public Works: Forestry services, composting, access to equipment
  • Milwaukee Healthy Department: Healthy Corner Store Initiative, food safety, and food licensing
  • Department of Neighborhood Services; permits, foreclosed home maintenance, and inspections

HOME GR/OWN Works with External Partners: HOME GR/OWN is working with community businesses and organizations to help connect the dots between local food, health, neighborhood and economic development work currently taking place. HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee seeks to expand this community team and attract the financial resources to take our partners’ community-based work to the next level. We seek to create a true public/private partnership, catalyzing new hope and real street-level change in our most vulnerable neighborhoods across Milwaukee.

ReFresh Milwaukee Goals

HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is a Catalytic Project of the City of Milwaukee's ReFresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan. A catalytic project promotes cross-cutting sustainability outcomes that mirror goals and targets throughout the City's Sustainability Plan. A catalytic project encompasses multiple Sustainability Plan goals across several themes and will benefit from collaborative and strategic direction-setting and resource investment from the community

Goal: To increase access to and demand for healthy foods in a targeted low-income Milwaukee neighborhood.

Read more about ReFresh Milwaukee's HOME GR/OWN goals and strategies HERE.

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