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Milwaukee Rising

Common Ground is working to restore the housing market in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park community. What began as our ‘Faces of Foreclosure’ campaign – an effort targeting the five major banks owning a majority of neglected, foreclosed properties in our region – blossomed into our current ‘Milwaukee Rising’ campaign.This housing revitalization initiative is working toward rehabilitating 100 foreclosed properties over a four year period and selling them to responsible homeowners.

At present, homes are being renovated and made available for sale as they are completed. You can contact Common Ground’s Housing Organizer Allie Gardner for more information.

Milwaukee Restores
The Milwaukee Restores initiative emerged from our Milwaukee Rising campaign. Common Ground has put together a program for homeowners in the Sherman Park area to receive loans and grants to do minor repairs on their homes. Details can get found by contacting Allie Gardner.

These complex and ambitious campaigns would not be possible without the cooperative efforts of following partners.

The Banks
To date Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, US Bank and Wells Fargo have committed $33.8 million dollars including donations and mortgage commitments.

The City of Milwaukee
The City of Milwaukee has committed to over $2M in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds for home rehabilitation costs.

The Sherman Park Neighborhood Association
The Sherman Park Community Association (SPCA) is working with our full time organizer on a wide variety of housing issues, triggering a ripple effect for rehabs throughout the community.

Other financial donors
The following generous contributors have have helped to raise an additional $485,000 through Housing Organizer Funding:

  • Helen Bader Foundation
  • St Catherine Catholic Parish
  • Congregation Beth Jehudah
  • Transformation City Church
  • Community Baptist Church
  • Wheaton Franciscan Health Care
  • Daughters of Charity
  • Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • Mt Calvary Lutheran