Habitat for Humanity targets Washington Park

21 houses slated for north side neighborhood
Posted at 2:26 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 15:26:52-04

Habitat for Humanity is in a building blitz. When it finishes the three homes it has under construction in the city's Washington Park neighbor, they will have built 21 houses on just two blocks.

Tianna Gatlin will be moving into one of the homes with her son. The single mother say it's a dream come true.

"Rent is so expensive at this point. It will just be nice to have somehwere that is safe and affordable," said Gatlin.

She is one of three homes being built this week. Right now crews are out working on the framing. Habitat says all the homeownership on the street is already making a difference.

"It lead to overall crime in the neighborhood being down 30-percent and this particular stretch of north 38th street is down 40-percent," said Brian Sonderman the executive director of Habitat for Humanity Milwaukee.

But for Gatlin's 8-year-old son, she says he is just happy to leave apartment living and have a backyard.

"He's very excited, he gets to get a dog so he is happy about that," said Gatlin.

Gatlin said she will save money by paying a mortgage instead of rent. She plans to start a college fund for her son it.