Wisconsin News Briefs


MILWAUKEE – Punch Bowl Social will permanently re-open its doors Wednesday, March 16 in Milwaukee’s Deer District. The opening comes days prior to Fiserv Forum, just across the plaza from Punch Bowl’s front door, hosting first and second round games of the college basketball tournament (on March 18 and 20).

Punch Bowl Social Milwaukee features more than 24,000 square feet of great food, beverage and entertainment options – a 360-degree bar, eight bowling lanes, three karaoke rooms, billiards, ping pong and other game activities, plus TVs throughout. The kitchen, delivering a variety of specialty scratch-made menu items, will be re-opening with classic favorites such as chicken and waffles.

Located steps from Fiserv Forum, Punch Bowl Social is an important element of Deer District and enjoys a strong, ongoing relationship with the 2021 NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks organization.

The SDC Launches Wisconsin Help for Homeowners Assistance Program in Milwaukee County

MILWAUKEE, WI,  – The Social Development Commission (SDC) is excited to partner with the State of Wisconsin to launch the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program in Milwaukee County. The federally funded program will provide grants to income eligible, owner-occupied households who have experienced a COVID-19 related financial hardship.

“Homeownership is an important tool to building wealth,” remarked SDC CEO Dr. George Hinton. “After the devasting effects of the pandemic, SDC is committed to helping low-income residents recover, rebuild and remain safe and healthy in their homes.”

On Monday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced the launch of the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program, which is set to provide more than $92 million in financial assistance to Wisconsin homeowners who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wisconsin Help for Homeowners is a statewide program that provides housing grants up to $40,000 to owner-occupied households who have experienced a COVID-19-related financial hardship since January 21, 2020, based on income level and other eligibility requirements. Financial hardship is defined as: A material reduction in income or material increase in living expenses associated with the coronavirus pandemic that has created or increased a risk of mortgage delinquency, mortgage default, foreclosure, loss of utilities or home energy services, or displacement for a homeowner.

Eligible types of expenses under the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program may include but are not limited to: mortgage and

payments, real estate taxes, condominium and association fees. The property must be the owner’s primary residence. Vacation homes, rentals, cabins, and second homes are not eligible for assistance.

The Department of Administration, Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources (DEHCR) ​is administering the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program, with funding from the Homeowners Assistance Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.​ An online application is available now, and additional eligibility information is available on the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners website.

Milwaukee County homeowners can visit SDC’s website for more information and assistance. Residents outside of Milwaukee County will find their regional program contact on the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners website.

For more than 50 years, the Social Development Commission (SDC) has served as a planner, coordinator, and provider of human service programs for low-income individuals and families in Milwaukee County. The mission of the Social Development Commission is to empower Milwaukee County residents with the resources to move beyond poverty.

HACM Board Appoints Willie L. Hines Jr. as Secretary-Executive Director

The Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Willie L. Hines, Jr. as Secretary-Executive Director, effective.  This marks only the sixth time there has been a leadership change at the head of the organization in its 78-year history and the first time an African American will serve in the role.

HACM, the largest affordable housing provider in Wisconsin, provides housing options and supportive services to over 10,000 low-income families, seniors, adults with disabilities, and veterans. Nearly 90% of the people HACM serves are people of color with an average annual income of less than $15,000. Mr. Hines will lead the agency in its mission to provide housing stability to low-income residents, to support residents in their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency and good quality of life, and to foster strong, resilient and inclusive neighborhoods throughout the City of Milwaukee. Mr. Hines succeeds Antonio Pérez, who had led the agency since 2000.