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Healing Spaces Initiative (HSI)

Healing SpacesThe 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.


Amenities include...

● pathways ● benches ● perennial herb and flower gardens ● shade sails ● 

● solar lights ● meditation sign posts  Little Free Libraries ● and more 


Learn More and Apply

NIDC 2024 Healing Space Activation Grants Available!

Stay tuned for more HSI updates when the application period opens


Recognizing the impacting of the Healing Spaces Initiative in the Community, we are pleased to announce the 2024 NIDC Healing Space Activation Grant. The purpose of Site Activation is to bring public programming to Healing Spaces.


Learn More  Application

Healing Spaces are available to the public to enjoy and use.  Locate the Healing Spaces here:




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Add birdhouses to attract wildlife


Image of benches designed by an artist

Add benches designed in collaboration with professional artists


Add flowers to help beautify the space

image of free library

Support neighbors with a Free Little Library

image of travertine pathway
Create a ADA accessible pathway

Image of bee house

Add unique features, like a bee house


Image of neighbors at a picnic table

Relax with neighbors at a picnic table


Build a shelter for all weather use

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.

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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 [email protected] 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

Interested in partnering with us?

Contact Angela Mitchell Reid to learn more.

Angela Mitchell Reid
Community Outreach Liaison
414-286-5682 (p)
[email protected]

Department of City Development  Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC)  809 N. Broadway, 3rd floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202

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