Former Hospital Sees a Future in Housing the Homeless

For Immediate Release
Monday, October 30, 2017
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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.

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.

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.

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