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Healing Spaces Initiative (HSI)

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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.


Amenities include...

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

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

Healing Spaces Initiative 2022


5 resident groups and community organizations have been selected as part of the Healing Spaces Initiative 2022 Cohort. In the following months NIDC, Groundwork Milwaukee, and Garden Leaders will work together to engage residents and partners in designing and implementing a Healing Space in their respective neighborhoods. 

Sign up to volunteer 

We encourage Mlwaukee residents to engage with the Healing Spaces Initiative by becoming a volunteer. To do so, please reach out to the respective Garden Leaders in your neighborhood. 

Attend a Visioning Session! Be a part of the process!

Why Attend? Your input will help the City of Milwaukee create a space that is reflective of the needs and wants of your neighborhood. . The goal of the Visioning Session is to get a preliminary understanding of what the neighborhoods long term hopes for the space is and what can be accomplished in 2022. Please bring your own chair.


Date Time Location Garden Leader
Tues, 6/14 10am - 12pm 3426-25 N 38th St. Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
Thurs, 6/16 5pm - 7pm 3123 N Buffum St. NID #7
Fri, 6/17 10am - 12pm 1601 N 35th St. United Methodist Children Services
Wed, 7/6 12pm - 2pm 2652 North 36th St. Metcalfe Park Community Bridges Inc
Fri, 7/8 10am - 12pm 2475 N 5th St. Northcott Neighborhood House


Meet our 2022 Garden Leaders

Please reach out to the respective Garden Leaders in the neighborhood you want to volunteer in to get involved.

Project Name: Picking Up the Pieces

Address: 2652 North 36th Street

Neighborhood: Metcalfe Park

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges Inc.

Melody McCurtis, Dep. Director of Priorities and Organizer

(​​​​​​414) 544 - 2956 |

Project Name: Promising Harambee

Address: 3123 N Buffum Street

Neighborhood: Harambee

Neighborhood Improvement District, #7

Luis Delgadillo, Board Member

(414) 233 - 8745 |


Fernando Delgadillo

(414) 865-0058 |


Project Name: Seniors Transforming the Neighborhood

Address: 2475 N 5th Street

Neighborhood: Harambee

​​​​​​Northcott Neighborhood House

Elizabeth Coggs, Director of Operations & Juneteenth

(414) 372-3770 x1002 |


Vanessa Johnson

(414) 372-3770 x1009 |


Project Name: Roosevelt Grove Healing Garden

Address: 3426-25 North 38th Street

Neighborhood: Roosevelt Grove

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

Linda Griffin, Administrator

(414) 873- 1045 |


Martin Childs, Jr., Pastor

414873-1045 |


Project Name: Art Lot Music

Address: 1601 N 35th Street

Neighborhood: Washington Park

United Methodist Children Services (UMCS)

Rosalind Cox, WPN Steering Committee

(414) 897-8552 |


Angela Pruitt

(414) 269 - 9713 |

Interested in partnering with us?

Contact Kacee Ochalek to learn more.

Kacee Ochalek (she/her)
Community Outreach Coordinator

Department of City Development  Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC)  809 N. Broadway, 3rd floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202 414-286-6458 (p). |

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




image of birdhouse

Add birdhouses to attract wildlife


Image of benches designed by an artist

Add benches designed in colaboration with professional artists

image of free library

Provide support to your 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

image of flowers

Add flowers to help beautify the space

Image of shelter

Build a shelter for all weather use

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NIDC logo

Bader philantropies logo

Groundwork logo

Safe and sound logo

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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2022 HSI Application is now OPEN

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 Application Deadline: Monday, April 18 

Contact Us

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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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