Formerly Homeless Milwaukee Residents Find Comfort in New Affordable Housing at St. Anthony Place

Grand opening celebrates a new beginning as a hub of housing stability, health, and opportunity for the community

(Milwaukee, March 15, 2019) – Today, Heartland Housing, Capuchin Community Services, and Ascension Wisconsin will join city, county, and statewide partners at the grand opening of St. Anthony Place. The former St. Anthony’s Hospital has been renovated into 60 units of permanent supportive housing and a comprehensive resource center for Milwaukee’s chronically homeless.

In 2017, Milwaukee County sold the former Community Correctional Center at 1004 N. 10th St. to Heartland Housing. Leveraging the $1.8 million it would have cost the County to demolish the building, Heartland was able to construct the 60 modern apartment units.  Heartland will provide onsite property management and supportive services offices. New space has been redeveloped for Capuchin Community Services’ homeless outreach programs, and Ascension St. Ben’s Clinic, part of Ascension Wisconsin. The location will also house the Milwaukee County House of Correction’s Day Reporting Center, which provides a supportive, community-based alternative to incarceration.

“We believe society is better for everyone when all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Affordable housing is the foundation to these achievements.” said Michael Goldberg, Executive Director of Heartland Housing. “Heartland Housing provides nearly 160 units through four sites throughout the city, with St. Anthony Place being our largest development in Milwaukee. This grand opening is a celebration of those who have had to fight so hard to survive over the years.”

“Opening St. Anthony Place is a critical milestone in our effort to end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “From connecting formerly homeless tenants to housing in these new units, to providing housing vouchers help keep them there, our team has worked hard to make this vision a reality. Overall homelessness in Milwaukee County has dropped by 40 percent since we began our Housing First Initiative in 2015, and it’s partnerships like St. Anthony Place that will help us reduce this rate even further.”

“The Capuchins opened St. Anthony Hospital in 1931, and we are excited to partner in the building’s rebirth as supportive housing,” said Br. Rob Roemer, OFM Cap, ministry director of Capuchin Community Services. “A lack of affordable housing is a significant root cause of poverty that we see every day affecting the people served by Capuchin Community Services. We also asked the homeless what was still lacking for them. They stated showers, laundry services and haircuts. We are expanding our services in the lower level of St. Anthony’s to provide these necessities.”

“For nearly four decades, Ascension St. Ben’s Clinic has provided primary and preventive health care services to people who are struggling with homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The addition of permanent, supportive housing will help this community flourish,” said Bernie Sherry, Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Wisconsin. “This collaborative effort embodies the spirit of our mission in action – providing compassionate, personalized care to people who are most vulnerable,”

This is a major milestone in the effort to end homelessness in Milwaukee, with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett leading the housing-first solution to a decades-long issue. The project was financed with multiple sources including Low Income Housing Tax Credits and federal and state historic preservation tax credits. Other lead partners in the development include the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, along with funding partners Enterprise Community Investment, US Bank, Zilber Family Foundation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Capuchin Community Services. This will be Heartland Housing’s fourth housing development in the city of Milwaukee. Previous developments include Maskani Place (320 E. Center St. – opened 2014), Capuchin Apartments (2502 W. Tamarack St. – opened 2011), and Prairie Apartments (1218 W. Highland Ave. – opened 2008).


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About Heartland Housing

Heartland Housing, Inc., a subsidiary of Heartland Alliance, is a community housing development organization which facilitates the development of people through the preservation and creation of affordable and supportive housing, with a priority in meeting the needs of those facing homelessness, those with very low-income, and those with chronic disabilities.

www.heartlandhousing.org.

About Capuchin Community Services

Capuchin Community Services with two locations, St. Ben’s Community Meal and the House of Peace, serves Milwaukee’s poor, hungry, and homeless since 1968.  Capuchin Community Services is part of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph which is headquartered in Detroit and serves Capuchin ministries worldwide.

www.CapuchinCommunityServices.org

About Ascension Wisconsin

Ascension Wisconsin (ascension.org/wisconsin) operates 24 hospital campuses, more than 100 related healthcare facilities and employs more than 1,300 primary and specialty care clinicians from Racine to Eagle River. Serving Wisconsin since 1848, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. As such, Ascension Wisconsin provided more than $292 million in community benefit, including care of persons living in poverty in Fiscal Year 2018. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

Former Hospital Sees a Future in Housing the Homeless

For Immediate Release
Monday, October 30, 2017
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Contact: Joe Dutra
Phone: 312-350-0602 | jdutra@heartlandalliance.org

Ground Breaking Ceremony Celebrates Next Steps to 60 new Affordable Housing Units

(Milwaukee, October 30) – Today, Heartland Housing, a non-profit organization that is part of Chicago-based Heartland Alliance, and community partners gather to celebrate the upcoming construction of St. Anthony’s Apartments. The former St. Anthony’s Hospital will be renovated into 60 units of permanent supportive housing.  The new St. Anthony’s Apartments are expected to open in October 2018.

The historic building at 1004 N. 10th St. was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places for its place in Milwaukee’s African-American history.  Heartland’s rehabilitation will repurpose the building into 60 modern apartments, onsite property management and supportive services offices, and new space for partner Capuchin Community Services’ health clinic and homeless outreach programs.

“We believe society is better for everyone when all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.  Affordable housing is the foundation to these achievements.” said Michael Goldberg, Executive Director of Heartland Housing. “Heartland Housing is thrilled to be adding a fourth permanent supportive housing development in Milwaukee as part of our efforts to support those who have struggled with homelessness in stabilizing their lives.”

“Capuchin Community Services has been serving the poor, the hungry, and the homeless for nearly 50 years. These apartments will be a great opportunity for Capuchin Community Services to expand our outreach to the hungry and homeless of Downtown Milwaukee. By providing permanent supportive housing to those who would otherwise be homeless, self-sufficiency will become more than a dream,” said Brother Rob  Roemer, ministry director of Capuchin of Capuchin Community Services.

The project will be financed with multiple sources including Low Income Housing Tax Credits and federal and state historic preservation tax credits.  Other lead partners in the development include the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee, along with funding partners Enterprise Community Investment, US Bank, Zilber Family Foundation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Capuchin Community Services.

This will be Heartland Housing’s fourth housing development in the city of Milwaukee. Previous developments include Maskani Place (320 E. Center St. – opened 2014), Capuchin Apartments (2502 W. Tamarack St. – opened 2011), and Prairie Apartments (1218 W. Highland Ave. – opened 2008).

About Heartland Alliance

Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations, works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. It provides a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice – and leads state and national policy efforts, which target lasting change for individuals and society.

www.heartlandalliance.org.

About Heartland Housing

Heartland Housing, Inc., a subsidiary of Heartland Alliance, is a community housing development organization which facilitates the development of people through the preservation and creation of affordable and supportive housing, with a priority in meeting the needs of those facing homelessness, those with very low-income, and those with chronic disabilities.

www.heartlandhousing.org.

About Capuchin Community Services

Capuchin Community Services with two locations, St. Ben’s Community Meal and the House of Peace, serves Milwaukee’s poor, hungry, and homeless since 1968.  Capuchin Community Services is part of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph which is headquartered in Detroit and serves Capuchin ministries worldwide.

www.CapuchinCommunityServices.org

View electronic renderings of the future St. Anthony’s (click to enlarge):

Heartland welcomes seniors to Town Hall Apartments

Heartland Housing was proud to join with development partner Center on Halsted, Lakeview residents and elected officials to open the region’s first LGBTQ-friendly, affordable senior housing development, Town Hall Apartments.

“Town Hall Apartments is a safe, welcoming and affordable place for seniors to call home in a community that embraces and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation,” said Michael Goldberg, Executive Director of Heartland Housing, a division of Heartland Alliance, the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest. “Affordable housing for all residents is critical to the success of any city. Town Hall is an example of how good design, development and collaboration can fulfill a critical need while improving the surrounding neighborhood.”

Town Hall Apartments is located at 3600 N. Halsted Street in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, the heart of Chicago’s vibrant LGBTQ community. The $23.7 million, 79-unit building provides housing for seniors 55 years old or older. Because all units are subsidized, rent will be no more than 30% of a given resident’s income.

As a testament to the need, Heartland Housing received more than 400 applications to live at Town Hall. All 79 units have been rented for the coming year.

Center on Halsted will offer resident- and community-based services for seniors living in the building, as well as expand and relocate its existing Senior Services program to the first floor of the building.

Read more here.

Mayor Emanuel attends opening of Harvest Commons

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended the re-opening of a building recently renovated by Heartland Housing which now provides 89 units of supportive housing. Mayor Emanuel spoke of the development in the context of his “Neighborhoods Now”  initiative as a way to be inclusive of current residents while developing and their neighborhood. Further plans for area surrounding the Harvest Commons development include improvements to the Damen “L” stop, renovations to Union Park, and as Alderman Burnett, Jr. of the 27th ward pointed out, potential plans with the nearby United Center.

Revitalizing Chicago’s Near West Side

The renovation of the building currently known as Harvest Commons is an important piece in revitalizing the struggling Eisenhower Corridor neighborhood on Chicago’s Near West Side. The building, developed by Heartland Housing, will provide 89 units of low-income housing for struggling Chicagoans. Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the re-opening of the renovated building and touched on the plans to infuse an additional $160 million into the neighborhood with improvements to nearby CTA stops and Union Park.