March 7, 2023
Housing is Health: County Executive Crowley Signs Resolution Funding Affordable Housing Developments in Milwaukee County Suburbs
County to Fund Housing Developments in South Milwaukee, Brown Deer & Wauwatosa
SOUTH MILWAUKEE, WI – Today, County Executive David Crowley joined municipal leaders, affordable housing advocates, and Milwaukee County Housing Division officials to sign legislation (File 23-235) executing nearly $10 million in affordable housing contracts. The projects are part of $15 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars allocated towards the expansion of affordable housing opportunities throughout municipalities within Milwaukee County.
“Over three years ago, I declared it my intention to diversify neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee County and end our infamous association with some of the most segregated communities in the nation. For generations, county residents have been prevented from securing affordable housing due to discrimination at all levels of government, discrimination in the home finance industry, and the prejudiced attitudes of a small, but fervent group of residents,” said County Executive David Crowley. “Thanks to partners at the municipal, state, and federal levels we are reversing generations of neglect and taking significant steps toward our goals to transform Milwaukee County neighborhoods.”
In 2022, Milwaukee County announced it would invest millions of American Rescue Plan Act funds into projects developing affordable housing in Milwaukee County suburbs. The resolution signed by the County Executive today executes nearly $10 million in contacts for projects planned as market rate projects to ensure they include affordable housing. The funds also come with deed restrictions to maintain the affordable housing inventory for at least 20 years.
“Affordable housing can be the difference between staying healthy, keeping a job, and having access to economic opportunity, or experiencing homelessness” said Senator Tammy Baldwin. “I supported the American Rescue Plan because it is helping communities across Wisconsin build back stronger from the pandemic, and I am proud this investment will help more of our neighbors find affordable housing while increasing equity across the county.”
The resolution will assist with funding affordable housing units for the following developments:
- Scott Crawford, Inc. and J. Jeffers & Co. creating 82 affordable rental units in the City of South Milwaukee;
- Cornerstone Village creating 17 affordable rental units in the Village of Wauwatosa;
- MSP Real Estate, Inc. creating 56 affordable rental units in the Village of Wauwatosa;
- Jewish Family Services, Inc. creating 56 affordable rental units in the Village of Brown Deer
“Milwaukee County’s Housing Division continues to lead by example on executing the County Executive’s wholistic vision of health which includes safe and affordable housing for residents,” said Milwaukee County Housing Administrator James Mathy. “In the last three years we’ve invested over $60 million in federal funds to keep vulnerable residents in their homes throughout the pandemic. In 2023, we’re excited to see more affordable housing developments take shape in communities across the county – including a transformational development in the King Park neighborhood where we partnered with local developers to build 120 affordable homes.”