On the Issues: Milwaukee’s Foreclosure Crisis


Milwaukee’s Foreclosure Crisis: From Resale to Rehab and Revitalization—The headlines can be depressing. The number of tax-foreclosed homes in Milwaukee’s central city stands at roughly 1,000. Many are vacant and vandalized. But nonprofit groups working in some of Milwaukee’s most-challenged neighborhoods say there’s another story to be told, one of hope and opportunity. They say that progress is being made in addressing the foreclosure crisis in the city, and that hundreds of low-income residents are getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to transition from renting to home ownership. Joining us for this important conversation will be Michael Gosman, the assistant director of ACTS Housing; Hilaria Rios, home ownership specialist for ACTS Housing; Willie Smith, director of housing for the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation; and Aaron Szopinski, the housing policy director for the city of Milwaukee. The four will discuss the current state of the foreclosure problem, and what’s being done to solve it.


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