Healing Spaces Initiative (HSI)
The City of Milwaukee launched the Healing Space Initiative in January 2021, as a response to the isolation felt by City residents as a result of quarantine and social distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the direction of the Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation, Healing Spaces Initiative helps residents build relaxing natural environments on available city-owned vacant lots while, at the same time, eliminating blighted spaces and engaging residents.
● pathways ● benches ● perennial herb and flower gardens ● shade sails ●
● solar lights ● meditation sign posts ● Little Free Libraries ● and more ●
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NIDC launches 2023 Healing Space Activation Grant!
Recognizing the impacting of the Healing Spaces Initiative in the Community, we are pleased to announce the 2023 NIDC Healing Space Activation Grant. The purpose of Site Activation is to bring public programming to Healing Spaces.
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Healing Spaces are available to the public to enjoy and use. Locate the Healing Spaces here:
Add birdhouses to attract wildlife
Add benches designed in collaboration with professional artists
Add flowers to help beautify the space
Support neighbors with a Free Little Library
Create a ADA accessible pathway
Add unique features, like a bee house
Relax with neighbors at a picnic table
Build a shelter for all weather use
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The Healing Spaces Initiative (HSI) is brought to you by the City of Milwaukee, the Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC), and our community partners. We are grateful to everyone who has supported this project, and we look forward to continue working with our community.
Reasonable accommodations, of an auxiliary aid or service required due to a disability, for a City of Milwaukee event will be provided upon request. Contact the City of Milwaukee ADA Coordinator, 414-286-3475 or [email protected] as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.
ATTN: Healing Spaces Initiative
809 North Broadway, 3rd Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Interested in partnering with us?
Contact Angela Mitchell Reid to learn more.
Angela Mitchell Reid
Community Outreach Liaison
Department of City Development
Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC)
809 N. Broadway, 3rd floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202