City Real Estate E-Newsletter:
Homes MKE: Renovating Vacant Homes and Returning Them to Productive Use
In 2021, the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee allocated $15 million in Federal American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) funding to the Department of City Development (“DCD”) for the Homes MKE (“Program”) to renovate vacant houses in the City’s inventory of tax-foreclosed residential properties and return them to productive use.
Learn more at milwaukee.gov/Homes.MKE!
If you're looking for a one stop shop for housing resources the Housing Help web tool is it! The Housing Help tool connects your with information and resources from various City departments and non-profit organizations. You can filter it if you're a homeowner, homebuyer or investor/non-profit organization.
Explore this tool to find resources you can use!
The City of Milwaukee wants to help you realize your dream of homeownership! The Milwaukee Home Down Payment Assistance Program offers forgivable grants of up to $7,000 to help you purchase your City of Milwaukee home.
Learn more at milwaukee.gov/MHDPA
The OWNS program is an initiative meant to boost local ownership of rental properties and to build generational wealth in Milwaukee communities. It looks to incentivize existing homeowners to buy City of Milwaukee owned properties, for rental purposes, in their neighborhood with the belief that local owner investors will be more accountable and attentive to an investment property near their owner-occupied residence.
Learn more at milwaukee.gov/OWNS
This consideration will be offered for the first 30 days of the listing of a property.
The City of Milwaukee will offer special consideration to interested homebuyers who live within 500 ft (or their assignee) of a City owned property and will occupy the property.
Learn more about the 500+ Program and how to apply clicking the link above.
Illegal dumping is a burden to residents and a blight on our beautiful city. Don't let illegal dumping ruin your neighborhood. Report it and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
You can call (414) 286-CITY or report it online. Remember to report who, what, where and when.
Do you need a drinking water filter? If your home has a lead service line you can get a discounted water filter at Aquasana.com. You may be able to qualify for a free water filter if you live in the City of Milwaukee and cannot afford a filter. Visit the health department's website for more info or call 414-286-3521.
Use E-Notify to receive notices from the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and Milwaukee Public Schools. Choose from news releases, meeting notices and agendas, job announcements, new property sale listings, bid notices, online auction items, and many others.
Be a good neighbor and help keep our City clean. Now is a great time to gather your neighbors and schedule a neighborhood cleanup! Contact Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful to get FREE supplies for your cleanup. You can also report it by calling 286-CITY.
Did you receive a letter about disconnecting your downspouts? That means that one (1) or more of your downspouts may meet the criteria for disconnecting from the combined sewer. Click the link above for more information.
City Programs - Learning Opportunities
The Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) is leading the city’s effort on the Healing Spaces Initiative in the Harambee neighborhood. The mission of HSI is to build relaxing, natural environments on City-owned vacant lots and we're excited to have 8 new Healing Spaces in the neighborhood of Harambee that do just that!
Learn more about Healing Spaces at the link.
Watch our 2021 recap!
NIDC CIP match grants support community projects that engage community members and physically improve neighborhoods in Milwaukee. CIP grants are reimbursable grants that require a dollar–for-dollar match from non-City funding sources. The maximum CIP grant request is $4,000.
Learn more about CIP by watching this video!
Attend the next Department of Neighborhood Services FREE 5- hour training seminar and receive a 100-page manual and certificate of completion. Visit our Landlord Training website for more information on upcoming trainings and to register.
Rent for Success
Rent for Success is a free info-packed tenant training program designed to educate and empower renters to make safe, healthy choices in their housing, and to provide helpful resources in case anything does go wrong with an arrangement. Visit our Rent for Success website for information.
Our City always has fun and informational events happening! Take part in all the great events, to see a full list of events from the City visit our Community Events Calendar.
Milwaukee Christmas Tree Lighting
Ring in the Holidays and watch the lighting of our Christmas Tree on Friday, November 18 at the Deer District!
Learn more HERE.
*Photo Credit: @DeerDistrict on Twitter*
Commercial Property Opportunities
3774 South 27th Street
Listing Price: $200,000
Check out this exciting opportunity on the Southpoint Neighborhood!
POTENTIAL USES: Restaurant, Retail, Recreation/Sports complex, Accommodation and Food Service uses; Bank, Office building; Mixed Use development with commercial and residential component.
Proposals due on or before Wednesday, December 28, 2022.
For information about this and other available properties, visit milwaukee.gov/CRE.
DCD and Neighborhood: News & Updates
If your organization would like to be featured in future e-newsletters, please contact
Community Outreach Liaison Karleen Cortés at [email protected]