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Homebuyer Assistant Program, Forgivable loans up to $20,000 

HBA $20,000 Forgivable Loan

The Homebuyer Assistance Program offers assistance from a rehab specialist and up to a $20,000 forgivable loan for the rehab of City-owned homes.

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Strong Home Loans. Partially Forgivable Loan up to $20,000 

STRONG Homes Loan

Partially forgivable loans to make emergency and essential home repairs.

Loans are repayable, with a deferred payment option available for homeowners who are low income and elderly or disabled.

Art and Resource Community Hub (ARCH) Loan Program. Bringing Art & Commuity 

ARCH Program

The ARCH Loan Programs provides matching loans of up to $25,000 to buyers of City-owned tax foreclosed properties that will be used for art related uses or as community resources centers.

Housing Help Web tool. One click to resources. 

Housing Help

Explore the Housing Help tool to find housing resources you can use if you're a homebuyer, homeowner or investor.  

Strong Neighborhoods Plan addresses City tax foreclosures

The City is last resort owner of more than 600 residential properties. Many of these homes have gone through foreclosure and abandonment, creating venues for crime and dragging down property values. Former Mayor Tom Barrett developed the Plan to continue the success Milwaukee has seen in the fight against foreclosure.


Goals for the Strong Neighborhoods:

  1. PREVENT tax foreclosures with new City efforts and working with community partners.
  2. MITIGATE blight and maintain City owned property to a “good neighbor” standard.
  3. REVITALIZE neighborhoods by selling City properties and generating funds for renovation.
  4. RENEW our neighborhoods by activating vacant spaces, involving city businesses, and creating job opportunities for city residents.


To fund the Plan, Former Mayor Barrett and the Common Council allocated $23.8 million in City resources in the 2014 and 2015 Adopted Budgets. The Mayor and Common Council remain committed to fighting the effects of foreclosure throughout Milwaukee, and the plan provides new resources for those efforts. Beginning with the 2014 Adopted Budget, the Mayor and the Common Council have allocated $45.5 million in City resources to fund the plan.

Check out our most up to date information on our 10,000 Homes Initiative! Learn more about the City of Milwaukee 10,000 Homes Initiative

In the News

April 11, 2016 - Bill hurts city's ability to deal with 'zombie' properties

April 1, 2016 - Milwaukee Rising spurs steady increase in homeownership in Sherman Park

March 25, 2016 - Alderman Bauman Helps Residents Reinvest in their Neighborhoods

January 28, 2016 - Ocwen and the City of Milwaukee Combine to Fight Effects of Foreclosure

December 25, 2015 - City springs surprise, gives family home for holiday

December 13, 2015 - Milwaukee sells 501 tax-foreclosed properties

December 13, 2015 - Neighborhood Reclamation Program: City officials working to get foreclosed properties sold

November 30, 2015 - Saving Wally Schmidt: Historic restaurant and tavern plans a revamp

November 22, 2015 - Turning Milwaukee’s vacant lots into ‘pocket parks:’ “Filling that spot with something positive”

November 18, 2015 - Vacant south side building to be renovated for design business

October 7, 2015 - Former bar to be converted into snack-making facility

September 16, 2015 - Plan calls for former King Drive restaurant to become grocery store

September 10, 2015 - Renovation planned for long-vacant building on Brady St.

July 30, 2105 - Wy'east Pizza is coming to Washington Heights

July 30, 2015 - Building purchased, Wy'East Pizza looks to open in late fall on the west side

July 30, 2015 - Second healthy food market proposed for King Drive

July 10, 2015 - WasteCap opens warehouse of salvaged building materials to the public

June 23, 2015 - Aldermen pass measure targeting zombie houses

June 11, 2015 - Vacant house brought back to life as home for older foster children

April 3, 2015 - Milwaukee completes sale of foreclosed Esperanza Unida building to apartment developer

February 16, 2015 - Craft furniture maker proposed for vacant Sherman Park library

February 13, 2015 - City of Milwaukee “Does Not Want to Take Your Home”

February 11, 2015 - City reaches out to delinquent tax payers

January 30, 2015 - Neighbors, city officials, bank rally to save couple from tax foreclosure

January 10, 2015 - NNS Special Report: Foreclosures, Block by Block website

January 9, 2015 Foreclosures Block by Block: Clarke Square

January 8, 2015 Foreclosures Block by Block: Layton Boulevard West

January 7, 2015 - Five Neighborhoods With Foreclosure Problems

Decmber 22, 2014 - Home Repair: The mayor and the Common Council strike a compromise to provide loans to Milwaukee homeowners who are here for the long haul

December 19, 2014 - Greater Milwaukee Foundation chooses new ‘Healthy Neighborhoods’

November 19, 2014 - “A unique program:” Starting January 1st, homeowners can apply for Milwaukee’s STRONG Homes Loan program

November 11, 2014 - On the Issues with Mike Gousha: Milwaukee's Foreclosure Crisis

October 28, 2014 - City Program Could Sell Homes for $1

September 23, 2014 - “It’s a win for everybody:” Program to sell Milwaukee’s foreclosed homes is working, and expanding

September 23, 2014 - Tom Barrett's Milwaukee budget emphasizes innovation, city responsibilities

September 23, 2014 - Barrett emphasizes training, combating foreclosures in 2015 city budget proposal

September 22, 2014 - Milwaukee may double number of brokers selling tax-foreclosed homes

August 17, 2014 - City makes progress on tax-foreclosed homes; more work needed

July 16, 2014 - Restaurant owners plan central city grocery

May 7, 2014 - New Milwaukee Ordinance Could Help Bring A Community Garden to An Empty Lot Near You

April 22, 2014 - Next City: With demolitions on the horizon, Milwaukee preservationists seek balance between history and safety

April 16, 2014 – Milwaukee’s push to turn vacant land into urban farms

April 11, 2014 - The Vivas family has a new home

April 7, 2014 – Mayor Barrett talks Strong Neighborhoods Plan on WUWM Lake Effect

March 29, 2014 – Fox 6: Milwaukee residents find homes through City program

February 13, 2014 - City hopes to turn vacant lots to garden plots

January 17, 2014 - Landlord alliances strengthen city neighborhoods

January 10, 2014 - City pilot program to keep demolition work in-house begins next wee

January 6, 2014 - Three more neighborhoods eligible for city loans under TIN program

September 14, 2013 - Barrett proposes $11.7 million plan aimed at city's foreclosed homes

May 14, 2013 - Amani youth art show complements Bloom and Groom

City of Milwaukee Strong Neighborhoods Plan
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