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Milwaukee County announces $10 million housing initiative

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 15:17:05-04

MILWAUKEE — On Thursday, Milwaukee County announced a $10 million housing initiative that will provide eviction prevention, housing acquisition, and mortgage assistance.

This funding comes from the federal CARES act and is available beginning Thursday. It will support Milwaukee community members who are facing housing instability.

“Addressing housing instability is critical in advancing health and racial equity for Milwaukee County residents,” said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley. “Currently, African-American families represent 80 percent of enrollments in our Eviction Prevention Program. Housing is a key social determinant of health."

According to a press release from Milwaukee County, tens of thousands of Milwaukee residents are facing housing and financial instability since the expiration of Governor Tony Evers eviction moratorium.

Beginning Thursday, the county housing division will work with the courts to offer assistance to landlords and tenants.

Seven million dollars of the $10 million is being allocated to eviction prevention. Milwaukee County estimates that this funding will help around 2,000 households. The amount each household gets will vary on a case by case basis.

"This CARES Act funding will help meet the needs of many families in our community who are in desperate need, and enable our community partners to do their important work to address the housing crisis,” said Marcelia Nicholson, Chairwoman, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

Of the remaining $3 million, $2 million will go to housing acquisition and the other $1 million will go to mortgage assistance.

To access these resources contact the Community Advocates Rental Housing Resource Center at (414) 270-4646 or go to their website by clicking on this link.

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