HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee empowers residents to transform neighborhoods by transforming vacant lots into community assets that spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production, distribution and recycling; revitalizing Milwaukee commercial corridors and creating new sustainable outdoor community spaces. HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is an initiative of Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the City's Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO).
- To support neighborhood redevelopment and restore blighted vacant lots into green community assets,
- To work with local partners, strengthen and expand Milwaukee's local food supply chain from production to recycling,
- And to increase resident quality of life, green job creation, and sustainable neighborhoods via new green spaces and commercial corridors.
HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee is a Catalytic Project of the City of Milwaukee's ReFresh Milwaukee Sustainability Plan. A catalytic project promotes cross-cutting sustainability outcomes that mirror goals and targets throughout the City's Sustainability Plan. A catalytic project encompasses multiple Sustainability Plan goals across several themes and will benefit from collaborative and strategic direction-setting and resource investment from the community.
Goal: To increase access to and demand for healthy foods in a targeted low-income Milwaukee neighborhood.
Awards and Recognition
- 2013 Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Finalist
- 2015 LISC MANDI Award - Gillespie Park
- 2015 SXSW ECO Place By Design
- 2015 Mayor's Design Award - Gillespie Park
- 2017 Harvard Innovations in American Government Semi-Finalist
- 2018 Mayor's Design Award - Fondy Park
- 2018 LISC MANDI Award - Fondy Park
- 2018 RWJ Foundation Culture Of Health Semi-Finalist