HACM 2016 Annual Meeting
Event Features Milwaukee's Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan
Updates regarding the four core areas of the transformation plan were also presented, including:
HACM has been awarded tax credits by the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) for Victory Manor, a 60-unit mid-rise with an admissions preference for veterans that will be built at the corner of 68th Street and Silver Spring Drive. The Center for Veterans Issues will provide supportive services within the building.
Six case managers have been hired by HACM to assist Westlawn residents during the life of the CNI grant.
- Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) has named a Choice Neighborhood Partnership Assistant to coordinate MPS activities as part of the CNI initiative.
- In order to assist Westlawn residents who plan to return to the neighborhood with continuity in schooling during relocation, MPS has committed to providing transportation for two years back to the four schools in the CNI neighborhood, or to their current school if an MPS school.
- Browning Elementary School, which operates out of the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, has recently been added to the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership, a joint effort of MPS and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. The community schools model is a proven strategy to transform a school into a place where students, families, staff and the surrounding community work together to ensure every student is successful.
- Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will hire a Choice Neighborhood Coordinator that will assist in outreach to the CNI neighborhood and in planning events to improve community involvement and community spirit.
- Havenwoods EDC is hosting a Rhythm & Blooms Summer concert series with three concerts at Green Tree Community Garden and two at Westlawn Gardens.
- The Milwaukee Common Council approved the creation of a Redevelopment Plan for the CNI area and city staff are working to identify elements of the plan.
Tim Hoye was introduced as HACM’s new Choice Neighborhood Coordinator.
The Secretary-Executive Director’s report ended with several recognitions of individuals and organizations that have worked to improve quality of life for HACM residents:
- Rick Roszkowski and Lisa Eichler, for their support of the Cherry Street Garden
- Donna Rivard and Karen Jurek for their support of the Lapham Park Cooking Club
- Robert Robison for his creation and production of the Lapham Park Pathways newsletter
- Keith Schultz of SchultzWerk Architecture for his work to support HACM's capital improvement projects
- Bublr Bikes for partnering with HACM to foster an equitable Milwaukee bike share program
- Hunger Task Force for bringing healthy foods to more than 25 underserved neighborhoods, including six public housing developments
- Dr. Christine Faltz for leadership of the Central City Cyberschool and dedication to children in public housing
- Anthony McHenry for dedication to the youth and families of Westlawn through his work at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
- Dr. Sally Lundeen for her role as a driving force behind the UWM College of Nursing Community Health Center at Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
- Memorial stones placed in the park at Westlawn Gardens in honor of James B. Wahl, a tireless advocate for Westlawn seniors, and Ellene "Tudie" Parks, a dedicated leader and mentor for Westlawn residents