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Healing Spaces Initiative

The City of Milwaukee is launching the Healing Spaces Initiative in the Harambee neighborhood. Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) will lead the city’s effort.


Public spaces are an important part of urban life. They are a relaxing time-out from city-life, recharging your spirit while allowing you to use your neighborhood and enjoy your surroundings. The healing spaces will create a sense of comfort while being accessible to all.


Healing Spaces Initiative will help residents build relaxing natural environments on available city-owned vacant lots while, at the same time, eliminate blighted spaces and engage residents.


Projects will include pathways, benches, flower gardens, Gazebos, solar lights, Little Free Libraries and more.


Would you like to volunteer and support the creation of a healing space? Fill out this form.



Sign up for an Orientation!

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Orientation Dates

  • Wednesday, 4/7 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, 4/8 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Wednesday, 4/20 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

  • Thursday, 4/21 | 6:00 pm

Get Started

Qualified Applicants: Harambee Residents or Community Based Organizations who work in Harambee. 

Are you a Harambee resident interested in creating a Healing Space in your neighborhood? The first step is to sign up for an orientation or contact us! 



  1. Attend a HSI Orientation

  2. Complete the HSI Application

  3. NIDC will review your application.

  4. After approval, meet with our community partners. They will ensure you have all the necessary tools to build a safe, comfortable, and sustainable Healing Space

  5. Plan what dates work best for you to build your Healing Space. Tell your neighbors!

  6. Build!

Important Dates


Application Deadline: April 26th

Grant Award Notification Date: May 21st

Project Start Date: June 7th

Project Completion Date: September 6th



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Add birdhouses to attract wildlife


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Add benches designed in colaboration with professional artists

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Provide support to your neighbhors with a Free Little Library


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Create a ADA accessible pathway

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Add unique features, like a bee house



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Relax with neighbors at a picnic table

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Add flowers to help beautify the space

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Build a shelter for all weather use

Accommodation Requests

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 as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.

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  ATTN: Healing Spaces Initiative


809 North Broadway, 3rd Floor 

Milwaukee, WI 53202

 Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM



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