RICH program supports home ownership as city expands revitalization efforts

Aaron Szopinski, housing policy director, says the city is shifting emphasis more to neighborhood reconstruction and will be demolishing fewer homes in 2015. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

The city shifts its focus from demolition and launches new programs and funding to support neighborhood rehabilitation.

Guest House homeless shelter breaks ground on new addition

A $500,000 gift from the Zilber Family Foundation brought the Guest House of Milwaukee in reach of its $2.6 million goal to build an 8,000-square-foot addition and expand services for homeless men.

Housing authority marks two decades of homeownership program

Linda Beard lives in the house that her mother purchased in 1994 with assistance from the city housing authority. (Photo courtesy of the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee)

Since its founding 20 years ago, the city housing authority’s homeownership program has helped about 470 families living in public housing to purchase homes.