PROJECT


City of Milwaukee Consolidated Plan

Partners Involved

Community Development Grants Administration (CDGA) contracts with UEDA to assist with putting together the Consolidated Plan.

 

Leadership Team

Kristi Luzar, UEDA

Tim Syth, Contexture

Andrea Rodriguez, Thrive MKE

Evan Sandherr, Collective Audacity

Una Van Duvall

 

NSP Organizational Partners

Riverwest Development Corporation

Safe & Sound, Inc.

Havenwoods Economic Development Corp.

Sherman Park Community Association

WestCare Wisconsin, Inc.

Dominican Center for Women, Inc.

Running Rebels

Rooted & Rising – Washington Park

Midtown Neighborhood Alliance

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee

Near West Side Partners

VIA CDC

South Side Organizing Center (SOC)

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How Do I Help?

The ConPlan, or Consolidated Plan, is five year plan that is submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUD website states the following:

“The Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the CPD formula block grant programs.”

Access the ConPlan Overview Presentation for more information


Goals & Challenges:

This is an opportunity to listen to a diverse set of voices which will inform civic leaders and shape community-focused programs over the next five years. Throughout the community engagement process, we hope to:

Identify Existing Assets

  1. Incorporate work that has already been done by other groups (e.g. area or neighborhood plans, community planning efforts such as Blueprint for Peace, ReFresh MKE, Growing Prosperity, My Brothers Keeper, etc.)
  2. Align and connect with other community engagement efforts (e.g. the region’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing)

Provide Context

  1. Plan to educate.
  2. Use experts and data to define scope of inquiry.
  3. Establish ground rules to positively facilitate complaints and manage expectations.

Attend Community Gatherings

  1. Make use of pre-existing convenings.
  2. Prepare for multiple formats and durations.
  3. Include the Fun Factor (gift cards, interactive games & discussion) – we really want to know what people think!

Survey & Interview

  1. Disseminate community survey tool in digital and paper format. Boost participation using social media and other networks.
  2. Offer and facilitate focused small-group discussions with affinity groups to leverage expertise of those in the sector.
  3. Seek out residents and community leaders for their direct input and feedback. Be present at neighborhood and community events when possible.

Approach:

  • Public input and community engagement (June-October 2024)
    • Community survey, focus groups, public meetings with neighborhood organizations outreach events, task force, interviews with key stakeholders
  • Quantitative data collection, review & analysis (September-December 2024)
    • Housing and economic data provided by HUD, City of Milwaukee plans, Data You Can Use Neighborhood Indicators, research / white papers
  • Drafting and editing of the plan, public comment (January-February 2025)
  • Submit plan to HUD (April 2025)
  • Share plan with the Community

Impact:

This is our chance to:

  1. Shape and participate in Milwaukee’s future.
  2. Establish priorities and identify barriers for housing.
  3. Establish priorities and goals for economic and business development.
  4. Celebrate opportunities and identify assets in our neighborhoods.
  5. Clearly define our critical community needs.

Why is this important?

This document can become an opportunity to inform funding, activities, community programs, available resources, and development outcomes. This plan also helps align local and regional leadership.

For example, past City of Milwaukee HUD Consolidated Plans included data and activities related to:

  • Accessing FEMA funding to address flooding
  • Crime and safety initiatives
  • Clean-up of contaminated sites
  • Lead-based paint abatement
  • Housing development and repair
  • Acquisition of properties for rehabilitation
  • Homeownership counseling & assistance
  • Fair housing activity and referrals
  • Neighborhood cleanups
  • Workforce and youth services