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First Midtown 100 family moves into new home

Posted at 7:24 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 20:24:37-04

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity's three-year project, called Midtown 100,  has its first home owner.

Tiara Williams and her two daughters, Heaven and Angel, cut the ribbon on their new home. 

The project Midtown 100 is a plan to build, rehab and repair 100 homes in the Midtown neighborhood into affordable single family homes. 

Williams' family and friends celebrated with the Habitat for Humanity team on the home. Overcome with tears of joy, she says the family's financial hardships and difficulties were not going to beat them. She made sure her family prevailed. 

"Look at anything in life as possible," said Williams. 

But are more challenges ahead? Data from the city of Milwaukee's Neighborhood Strategic Planning 2016-2018found Midtown's numbers for burglary, criminal damage, and theft are higher than or similar to the city. But Williams says she's not worried about it. 

Habitat for Humanity's Executive Director Brian Sonderman says residents in their midtown homes, located from 30th to 21st Street, between North and Lisbon Avenue, will change the area. 

"If you have engaged residents, you can transform a neighborhood. We've seen it in Milwaukee, and we will see it in this neighborhood as well over time," said Sonderman.