Wisconsin News Briefs

Wisconsin Help for Homeowners Program – Applications Open

The Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program has so far distributed over $2 million to help Wisconsin homeowners stay in their homes, catch up on bills, and avoid foreclosure.

The program is open to individuals and families who live in Wisconsin with overdue housing-related bills, both with and without a mortgage, who meet income and other eligibility requirements, and have experienced a qualified economic hardship since January 21, 2020.   

Applications and additional information is available at: https://homeownerhelp.wi.gov.

Gov. Evers Announces $20 Million Investment for Affordable Housing

Gov. Tony Evers, together with Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) CEO and Executive Director Elmer Moore Jr., announced a $20 million investment to provide funding to help fill financing gaps for affordable multifamily developments that received 2020 and 2021 federal or state housing tax credits.

Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), WHEDA will use the $20 million investment to create a new program for developers to help fill shortages in capital sources needed for multifamily housing tax credit projects that still have serious funding gaps. WHEDA will work directly with its developer partners on a project-by-project basis to allocate the grant funds. The investment is projected to move forward approximately 1,800 affordable rental units throughout the state. More information on the new program and timing for the application process is available here: https://www.wheda.com/developers-and-property-managers/tax-credits/htc/htc-financial-gap-fund

$5 Million Investment in Community Development Project in Milwaukee

Gov. Tony Evers has announced a $5 million investment to support economic growth and community development in Milwaukee’s Near West Side. The investment will help to establish Concordia 27, a project which will convert a vacant building into a multi-faceted community center.

Led by local stakeholders, the Concordia 27 project has a particular focus on connecting the dots to address challenges faced by the community, including health disparities, trauma, food insecurity, unemployment, transportation access, and affordable housing. Plans for the completed project include dedicated spaces for nonprofits to provide health, wellness, and housing supportive services; a commercial, demonstration, and incubator kitchen to provide culinary workforce training for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities and those previously incarcerated and to create over 20,000 daily meals, many of which will go to low-income students in southeast Wisconsin; and a community gathering space.

Additional $2.2 Million Investment for Public Safety in Milwaukee

Gov. Tony Evers last week announced an additional investment of more than $2.2 million in funding directed towards the City of Milwaukee for violence prevention and to help the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) to take immediate steps to address crime.

The funds will help MPD hire civilian contractors to manage crime-fighting tools. This week’s announcement is in addition to the governor’s previous investments of more than $100 million to support violence prevention efforts, crime victims, and local and tribal law enforcement agencies, as well as funding to help alleviate the pandemic-related backlog of criminal cases through additional public defender and assistant district attorney support. These allocations are funded through the state’s American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Additional information and allocation breakdown is available on the new Safer Communities Law Enforcement Grant