OHMS construction skills training moving to Barack Obama School

OHMS founder Ezzard White explains his construction training program to representatives from the National League of Cities and My Brothers Keeper in August 2014 at Barack Obama School. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Working to find new workshop space for more than six months after being forced out of North Division High School, One Hope Made Strong, which teaches construction industry skilled trades to low-income adults, has found a home at the Barack Obama School.

“Street-wise MBA” boosts small business growth in urban neighborhoods

Ondra Stovall, CleanTec lead man since 2009, prepares to take cleaning equipment from the company’s storage room to a commercial client’s site. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

A Small Business Administration program helps owners expand their businesses and pursue federal government contracts.

Favorite of 2014: Scrappers brave the elements trying to make ends meet

Scrapper Jerry Miller collects cans on Fond Du Lac Avenue. (Photo by Brendan O’Brien)

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service covered a wide range of stories focused on central city neighborhoods during 2014. NNS reporter Brendan O’Brien explains why the story republished here is the favorite of those he wrote this year.

‘Last ditch’ market offers unique gifts from local artists

Artist Della Wells displays her artwork at the fourth annual Last Ditch Effort market. (Photo by Robyn St. John)

The fourth annual Last Ditch Effort provided visitors an opportunity to purchase unusual gifts from a diverse range of local artists and entrepreneurs.

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.