Wisconsin News Briefs

Affordable High-Speed Internet Comes to Westlawn Gardens

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Nearly 1,000 households in the Westlawn Gardens community will have access to affordable high-speed internet. With support from the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM), and Microsoft, PCs for People built a 4G LTE tower to provide internet access to residents at an affordable cost of $15 per month or completely free if the resident uses their federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) benefit.

Unlike many other high-speed internet service providers, PCs for People does not require a contract or credit check. Westlawn Gardens residents will receive the first month of service free of cost, as well as a free modem.

This expanded connectivity area was requested by the community and supported by the Housing Authority.

As part of this initiative to improve digital access, PCs for People and Microsoft will provide a complimentary Microsoft Go 2 computer to the first 100 residents registered in the pilot phase. All Westlawn Gardens residents can also purchase low-cost laptops and desktops through the ACP benefit.

HACM is developing Westlawn Gardens as a mixed-income, mixed-use neighborhood to meet the community’s housing, retail, and social service needs. With 958 affordable and market-rate housing options, new parks, playgrounds, retail spaces, and partnerships to deliver services to neighborhood residents, Westlawn Gardens is helping to transform Milwaukee’s northwest side for generations to come.


Join us on May 19th for Lunch & Learn:

Celebrating the Legacy of

Familias Obreras in Wisconsin

Thursday, May 19th 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Celebrating the Legacy of Familas Obreras in Wisconsin

As part of our Lunch and Learn series, Latino Arts is proud to host a conversation between community leader Jesús Salas and Associate Professor of Latinx Studies at Marquette University, Dr. Sergio Gonzalez. Together, they will explore themes and history being highlighted and celebrated through the Familias Unidas exhibit shared by The Grohmann Museum at MSOE and Latino Arts. This very special historical perspective and conversation will also serve as a preview to the upcoming book release by Mr. Salas where he explores the impact and history of the Farm Workers Movement in Wisconsin. Learn more.

Tickets are $10 and include a light lunch.

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Additional street light improvements are on the Way for Residents

By Common Council members: Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderwoman Chantia Lewis, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Today the Common Council adopted file #211939 – a resolution relating to the use of the second tranche of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for financial sustainability. Included in this funding allocation is much needed support to replace troublesome street lighting circuits in Milwaukee.

Our city’s aging street lighting infrastructure is a problem that touches all parts of Milwaukee, and is something we all hear regularly about from our constituents. The $10 million allocated today, combined with $10 million of ARPA funding from the first tranche, will ensure that by the end of 2024 every Aldermanic district will have had circuitry replaced. The attached map indicates which circuits will be replaced in each district.

Today’s action represents one additional step forward toward accelerating this much needed infrastructure upgrade.  We know that well-lit streets are safer streets, and it is vital that we continue to prioritize keeping the lights on for our residents.