Inclusive Communities Program
MMFHC recognizes that fair housing, fair lending and affordable housing are related needs for Wisconsin residents.
MMFHC is involved in a variety of forms of affordable housing advocacy in metropolitan Milwaukee, including:
Support of Pro-Integrative Housing Choices
Planning for Fair Growth and Smart Growth
MMFHC staff is playing a role as the counties in metropolitan Milwaukee engage in housing planning efforts. MMFHC's advocacy for affordable housing in county planning efforts makes a positive impact on housing choice in the region.
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Organizing
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) is the regional planning body that makes recommendations to municipalities on a variety of planning issues: housing, transportation, environment, water supply, land use etc. MMFHC staff works to ensure that SEWRPC planning includes consideration of the needs of low-income and minority communities and persons with disabilities. In August 2007, after years of advocacy by MMFHC and other organizations, the Environmental Justice Task Force was convened to review aspects of SEWRPC's planning to ensure inclusivity.
Housing Trust Funds
MMFHC staff was instrumental in establishing a housing trust fund for the City of Milwaukee, and is currently involved in efforts to begin housing trust funds in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties.
Milwaukee and Waukesha Housing Coalitions
Waukesha's Housing Action Coalition and Milwaukee's Housing Coalition are important resources for dissemination fair and affordable housing information as well as connecting with other organizations. These coalitions assist in developing stronger relationships with other housing advocates and increase opportunities for collaboration.