MILWAUKEE — In honor of National Homeownership Month, the White House announced a plan it says will address the nation’s housing supply, right here in Milwaukee.
As part of the Our Way Home initiative, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development visits cities across the country to review projects to increase the supply of affordable housing in America.
Through a partnership with city and county leaders, they say the goal is to get federal funding into the hands of communities that need it.
“It’s a crisis, but it’s a crisis that can be solved,” said Diane M. Shelley, regional administrator for HUD Midwest, during a Thursday press briefing.
“When we come together as partners, we will achieve our common goal of serving our residents in all the best ways possible,” said Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson.
HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Diane Shelley said that last year alone, Wisconsin received $160 million in federal housing improvement grants, leading to some of the work done to transform the former Phillis Wheatley School into a new housing development.
While officials aren’t able to share exactly how much money is coming to Milwaukee this year, they say an answer is coming soon.
“The significance of being present here at Phillis Wheatley School is to show the benefits of partnership between the federal government, state government, county government and the production of affordable housing,” Shelley said.
Those with HUD say they hope this funding will elevate the stories of all communities in Wisconsin and beyond.
“We want to be available. We want to be able to help them access that money so it can reach the community,” Shelley said.
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