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UEDA Community News - November 2019
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Join UEDA's Take Root Milwaukee program on December 3 (9AM-10:30AM) for the first session in our Homeownership Disparity Data Series where we will take a deep dive into 2019 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data for Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee, discuss how to increase access to credit for non-white and low- to moderate-income borrowers, highlight lenders that seem to do this particularly well, and talk about what to cover at future sessions. Details & Registration >>

Thank you to the 165+ people who joined us on November 16 for our Lunch & Learn session on the Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center (MKE RHRC). Along with Center co-partners, we discussed the collaborative model the MKE RHRC will be using to connect both tenants and landlords to trusted resources in order to prevent evictions and improve housing stability, when you can expect to see a physical space for the center, and how to engage with the services being offered starting in December. If you were unable to join us or would like to revisit the information shared during the session, you can view presentation slides here and a recording of the webinar here. Center co-partners are hosting a Giving Tuesday 'friendraiser' to help raise funds to support opening the doors of the MKE RHRC, and you can learn more about each co-partner via new social media pages for the Center on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn

On Saturday, November 21 UEDA's Take Root Milwaukee and Bank On Greater Milwaukee programs delivered workshops on credit building and homeownership. Take Root Milwaukee partnered with the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce to host a virtual home buying workshop to connect veterans to resources and products available to them when purchasing a home. View a recording of the workshop here. Bank On Greater Milwaukee partnered with Associated Bank to present a virtual workshop on Building A Solid Credit History as part of Ald. Coggs & Stamper's annual housing resource fair. View workshop recording.


Please plan to join us for our 13th annual Carnival Milwaukee fundraiser during the week of February 22-26, 2021! While this event is usually a one-night, in-person 'party with a purpose', our 2021 event will celebrate the most importance aspects of Carnival each day of the week! You can still expect to taste food from local restaurants, enjoy music and dance performances, celebrate our Annual Bridge builder Award, and engage with UEDA in unique ways!

Stay tuned over the coming months for updates and invitations!
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Data You Can Use and the Milwaukee Christian Center will be presenting at the upcoming national All In Data for Community Health Conference where they will discuss how sharing local data with a wide variety of users requires an inclusive approach. Register for free by November 30.

Join the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance in their efforts to find win-win solutions to save the former Forest Home Library building on Milwaukee's South Side. This 1966 Modernist masterpiece was designed by prominent local firm Von Grossmann, Burroughs and Van Lanen, and its early use of weathering steel make it the most significant mid-century library in the region.

Featuring over 100 small businesses from across the state of Wisconsin, check out the WWBIC Shop Small Holiday Catalog for all your gift-giving needs!

Congratulations to Cardinal Stritch University on winning a 2020 BizTimes Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Social Enterprise Category for their Mission Fuel program!

Join Revitalize Milwaukee on December 11 for their 20th Anniversary Holiday Bash! Have virtual fun while helping them raise funds to continue providing free, critical home repairs to Milwaukee-area homeowners.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago's recently created Targeted Impact Fund has granted $9,767,000 to communities across Wisconsin and Illinois hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority is accepting applications for the highly competitive 2021-22 housing tax credit program through December 11, 2020.

Diverse Dining has announced Diverse Dining: Takeout Edition - a box that will be packed with tasty treats and encouraging materials to aid your personal transformation journey. Reserve your box today!

With support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Forward Community Investments provided emergency capacity building grants to 20 community organizations in 2020.

If you missed Walnut Way Conservation Corp.'s Community Wealth Building Online Showcase, you can view the session here to learn about the 13 local businesses that were highlighted so you know where to find them for your holiday season shopping.

UEDA Community

Milwaukee Common Council Adopts 2021 Budget
On Friday, November 6, the Milwaukee Common Council adopted a $1.55 billion budget for the City of Milwaukee in an 8 to 7 vote. Mayor Barrett vetoed two amendments which are aimed at addressing the city's lead crisis and making neighborhoods safer, but directs alternate funding sources for the two measures. Learn more >>

Imagining A Milwaukee For All: Dec 2
Join the Greater Milwaukee Foundation on December 2 at 5:00pm for the unveiling of their new strategic vision, which was informed by a wide variety of donors, nonprofit partners and community voices, and a discussion on how we have the opportunity to reimagine philanthropy for the next generation and build A Milwaukee for All. Program & Registration >>

Fundraiser for Local Bus Operators
The Regional Transit Leadership Council (RTLC) is hosting a fundraising drive to support local bus operators! While those of us who can stay home and stay safe during these unprecedented times, many across our region do not have the luxury of working from home, and all of us still need to access necessities such as the grocery store, pharmacies and medical appointments. Our region's transit operators work day in day out to provide a vital service, and now is the time to recognize their efforts. 100% of the proceeds in this campaign will go toward providing gift cards to transit drivers in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine Counties. Donate >>

New Mixed-Income Housing Development
A proposal to redevelop vacant manufacturing buildings in Bay View into a 300-unit apartment complex received committee approval in mid-November. Once complete, the development will be Milwaukee's largest mixed-income housing development, with approximately two-thirds of the apartments set at below-market rate. Learn more >>

City of Milwaukee Property Tax Payment Plan
The 2019 City of Milwaukee Combined Property Tax Bills are scheduled to be mailed out in mid-December. Payment in full, or the first installment, is due on or before January 31, 2020. If you or someone you know is not able to make payment in full, the City of Milwaukee offers a ten-month, interest free property tax installment plan. To qualify, your real estate tax bill must be more than $100 and you must make the first installment payment on or before January 31st. The remaining balance is due on or before the last day of the month from February through October and can be make through electronic fund transfer from a bank account. For more information or to enroll in this program visit the City of Milwaukee's Treasurer's website.

Small Business & Nonprofit

Upcoming SBA PPP Forgiveness Webinars
The Small Business Administration is offering several webinars over the next month that will walk you through the Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness process. Sessions for forgiveness on loans of $50,000 or less will be held on 
Nov. 30 (3PM) and Dec.10 (10AM) and other sessions will be held on Dec. 2 (10AM)Dec. 15 (10:30AM)Jan. 6 (10AM), and Jan. 20 (10AM).

Trinity Fellows Agency Information Sessions
The Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette University is a 21- month study/work graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Fellows build capacity, provide a fresh perspective and innovative thinking, and develop their leadership at their agency placements. Fellow supervisors provide mentorship, coaching, and investment in the next generation of community-minded leaders. They are currently looking for agencies who can provide project-based roles that include some flexibility to adapt to the Fellows’ interests and strengths. The agency application deadline is February 19, 2021. Fellows will start at their placements in early September 2021 and end May 31, 2023. Learn more about hosting a Trinity Fellow at one of two virtual sessions:
December 4 (9AM-10AM) and January 12 (12PM-1PM)

DWD Workforce Equity Grant
The Department of Workforce Development Office of Skills Development invites employers in Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, and Milwaukee to apply for a Workforce Equity Grant to provide occupation-related education, skills training, work experiences, and job placement for workers from under-served populations. Applications are due January 18, 2021. Details & Application >>

Virtual MARKETPLACE 2020: Dec 8-10
The Governor’s Conference on Diverse Business Development focuses on growing opportunities and revenues for businesses of all sizes, with a special focus on helping small and diverse businesses. This year’s three-day conference scheduled for December 8-10 will give companies from across the state more opportunities to connect, learn and network through virtual workshops, panel discussions, buyer meetings and much more. The virtual format will also bring a broader range of resources, experts, decision-makers and buyers to participate and interact with other businesses. Details & Registration >>

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

December Webinars: WHEDA Single Family Training
Want a WHEDA refresher? Need to complete required training? Want to offer more WHEDA programs? Sign up for WHEDA's live training webinars that are hosted by a member of their Single Family Sales Team. Sessions feature a 30 minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q and A. Full calendar here >>

Webinar Series: Bolstering Growth in Opportunity Zones
December 3, 8, 15 | Online

Hosted by the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council and HUD this webinar series will assist participants in developing their own action plan to support short- and long-term community objectives for potential investments in OZs. National and local experts will provide illustrative examples, tips, and resources focused on: Understanding local needs and the current environment; Aligning place-based assets and resources; Establishing policy tools and investments; Partnering with aligned organizations; and Measuring social impact. Register Here >>

CommonBond Communities Affordable Housing Forum
December 9 | 11AM-12PM | Virtual

Housing is one of the most impactful determinants of an individual’s overall health—especially mental health. When an individual’s home—their foundation—is at stake, caring for one’s health often takes a backseat to the anxiety, depression, and psychological distress that comes with housing instability. But when someone has a safe, stable, affordable home, they are much more able to focus on meeting other critical needs and reaching their goals. The conversation will center on the intersections in mental health and housing stability. We’re excited to share our work and hear from experts in the Milwaukee community. The forum will be completely virtual and free to attend. Registration >>

AACCW Breakfast of Champions
December 16 | 8AM-9:30AM | Virtual

The Breakfast of Champions is the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin’s signature fundraising event aimed at bringing the Greater Milwaukee community together to support its mission and to honor a local business leader who is passionate about economic development and wealth creation in the African American community. This year, albeit virtual, will be a celebration of all that has been accomplished in 2020. Details >>

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Member Spotlight

VIA CDC is one of Milwaukee’s Community Development Corporations (CDCs) dedicated to being an active partner in building strong, healthy neighborhoods where everyone can thrive.

Formerly Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, VIA CDC is celebrating their 25th anniversary, which marks a new chapter and the perfect time for a new, simpler name that better communicates the work that they do.

The organization acts like a puzzle-master, putting together the puzzle pieces for a great quality of life, like a healthy built environment, equitable economic opportunity, and grassroots community leaders.

To learn more about VIA CDC visit
UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Burleigh Street CDC

Center for Public Skills Training
Community Advocates
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Leo Ries
LISC Milwaukee
Milwaukee Christian Center
My Choice Wisconsin
Public Allies Milwaukee
WI Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

WI Partnership for Housing Development

Nonprofit & Governmental
AARP Wisconsin
Acts Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Burleigh Street CDC
Community Advocates

Community Insurance Info Center
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Milwaukee (Aurora)
Data You Can Use
Gateway to Milwaukee
Granville BID/EDC
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Harbor District
Latino Chamber of Commerce
LISC Milwaukee
Menomonee Valley Partners
Metro Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee 7
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
Milwaukee Public Library
My Choice Wisconsin
Public Allies Milwaukee
Safe & Sound
Sherman Park Community Assn.
SBA Wisconsin
The Business Council
TMG Wisconsin
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Urban Strategies, Inc.
Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
Wisconsin Community Services
WI Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
WI LGBT Chamber of Commerce
WI Partnership for Housing Development
WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Small Businesses
Center for Public Skills Training
Diverse Dining
Jobs That Help
Lloyd Consulting, LLC.
Midwest Executive Realty
P3 Development Group

Lenders & Funders
Associated Bank, NA
BMO Harris Bank
Forward Community Investments
Johnson Bank
JPMorgan Chase
PNC Bank
U.S. Bank

AT&T Wisconsin
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative

Individual Members
Barbara Markoff
Carol Maria
Clarissa Mankus
Gary Korb
George Calaway
Howard Green
Julia O'Connor
Leigh Kundy
Leo Ries
Nathan Guequierre
Pat Mueller
Rusty Borkin
Salli Martyniak
Sarah Greenberg
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