Heartland Housing: Providing A New Lease On Life

In the fight for equity and opportunity for all, housing is fundamental. Heartland Housing has been a dedicated preferred provider of affordable and permanent supportive housing for more than 30 years. Spanning Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee, the organization has developed more than 1,900 units that provide safety and stability for thousands of people. This month, Heartland Housing celebrated the official opening of its largest permanent supportive housing development in Milwaukee: St. Anthony Place.

The historic building located at 1004 N. 10th St. has lived many lives. It was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places for its place in Milwaukee’s history as the only hospital to serve African Americans in the 1930’s. “Our partnership in Milwaukee started right at the beginning of Milwaukee’s fight to end homelessness 12 years ago. St. Anthony Place marks our fourth – and largest – development in that fight,” said Michael Goldberg, Heartland Housing’s Executive Director “There’s really something special about this building, about its history, and about its future.”

Our rehabilitation created 60 modern apartments. Partnerships with local non-profit organizations; Capuchin Community Services, Ascension Wisconsin, and Justice Point, helps to ensure that those who have or are currently experiencing homelessness can access a daytime drop-in center, on-site healthcare, and useful employment services.

For the residents of St. Anthony Place, the new apartments are transformational. Mike, a resident,  was pleased to share his experience as a he stood alongside Mayor Barrett and county commissioner Abele during a public ceremony in March.

“Our apartments are wonderful. You can’t believe what it’s like to have an apartment after what we have all experienced.”

Heartland Housing exists  to ensure the fundamental component of housing is made accessible for individuals and families who need it most. The participants that we serve no longer have to wonder where they will lay their head at night, or whether they will have protection from harsh environments. Instead, residents like Mike can focus learning to thrive.

To all of the new residents of St. Anthony Place, welcome home.