The fundamental strength of any neighborhood comes from the people who live there.
MKE United has created the Anti-Displacement Fund to maintain that strength by supporting homeowners in target neighborhoods who are committed to their communities and wish to remain in their current homes.
The Anti-Displacement Fund was established by MKE United in 2019 to provide grants to help ensure that long-time, income eligible homeowners living in near downtown neighborhoods are not displaced due to increasing property taxes associated with rising property values and new development.
In response to significant input about the urgency of this issue from neighborhood residents, MKE United partners have come together to launch the MKE United Anti-Displacement Fund to assist eligible homeowners. The Fund will be available to offset property tax increases for eligible homeowners in neighborhoods adjacent to Downtown Milwaukee that have experienced significant property tax increases above city averages during the past five years and where long term homeowners may be at risk of displacement due to rising property taxes. This is one of multiple strategies being advanced by MKE United partners to address the issue of displacement in Milwaukee neighborhoods.
The MKE United Anti-Displacement Fund will be available to assist income eligible homeowners beginning with their 2019 property taxes. Applications will be accepted beginning in November 2019.
The Fund will operate for an initial five year pilot period and MKE United is committed to continued fundraising efforts with a goal of extending the program to have a 15-20 year lifespan.
For more information on the MKE United Anti-Displacement Fund, including eligibility requirements and the program application, refer to attached documents on the right side of the page. To speak with someone about applying, please contact the MKE United Anti-Displacement Fund Program Administrator, Riverworks Development Corporation at 414-882-7420.
If you or your organization is interested in contributing financially to the MKE United Anti-Displacement Fund, please fill out the donation inquiry form here. We appreciate your support in this effort.
The Anti-Displacement Fund is part of MKE United’s efforts to create a shared and inclusive vision for Downtown Milwaukee and its adjacent neighborhoods, including a focus on ensuring that existing residents benefit from development occurring downtown and are not displaced. Funding for the Fund comes from a variety of generous private and philanthropic donors. Consistent with State of Wisconsin law, no public funds are being used to provide tax assistance payments available through the Fund.