Greater Milwaukee Foundation chooses new ‘Healthy Neighborhoods’

One of four entrances to the Artery, near Keefe Avenue and Richards Street in the Harambee neighborhood. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation announced new neighborhoods that will be included in its Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative.

Mental health board’s slow start prompts questions

The Crisis Resource Center at 2057 S. 14th St. is part of a new model for delivering community-based mental health care. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

Created by the state legislature in the spring to dramatically change mental health care, the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board is off to a slow start, critics say.

Youths go from ‘boys in the hood’ to ‘gentlemen on the town’

Andre Lee Ellis (right) crosses the bridge on Juneau Street, along with 50 young men and boys and their mentors, on the way to Carson's restaurant. (Photo by Sue Vliet)

“We Got This,” a program to support young black boys and men started by Andre Lee Ellis, arranged an outing that combined dinner and mentoring for participants.

LISC announces finalists for neighborhood development awards

Nominated for the Public Space Award, representatives from Home GR/OWN and Walnut Way’s Blue Skies landscaping crew pose with Cecelia Gore from the Brewers Community Foundation (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Winners of the 2015 MANDIs, which will take place at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino on April 15, will be chosen from among the 15 finalists announced Wednesday.

War on poverty needs to be fought on new fronts, local experts say

St. Ben’s Community Meal, a program of St. Benedict the Moor parish, provides dinner to impoverished Milwaukeeans six days a week. (Photo by Sue Vliet)

Experts and advocates are calling for a greater focus on education, wages and assistance for childless adults to alleviate poverty.