Agencies, volunteers hit streets to count Milwaukee’s homeless population

An unidentified homeless man holds a sign asking for money at 25th Street and West St. Paul Avenue. (Photo by Brendan O’Brien)

Milwaukee County’s Continuum of Care, a group of organizations and individuals that serve the homeless, will count and survey homeless individuals this week to better understand their plight.

Heat-related complaints jump sharply during bitter cold week

Brutally cold temperatures make it difficult for furnaces to reach the required 67 degrees. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

A single mom living on South 9th Street was just one of many renters suffering from a lack of residential heat during this week’s cold snap.

After four decades of fair housing, segregation still rules Milwaukee streets

(Photo by Brendan O’Brien)

The Fair Housing Act, passed in 1968, is rarely used to combat segregation and restrictive suburban zoning regulations.

‘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.

Housing Authority spelling bee gives kids chance to s-u-c-c-e-e-d

The city’s Housing Authority runs an annual spelling bee to help students build self-confidence and composure under pressure.

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.