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Take Root Milwaukee: Trusted Participants

In September 2008, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett launched the Milwaukee Foreclosure Partnership Initiative (MFPI). The purpose was to address the rapidly increasing rate of foreclosures within the City of Milwaukee and involved over 100 volunteer professionals from the sector. Through this process, a strong link was identified between homeownership education and successful, sustainable homeownership.

In June 2009, Mayor Barrett and key leaders in the homeownership sector launched the Milwaukee Homeownership Consortium. Take Root Milwaukee is a project of the Milwaukee Homeownership Consortium. Their purpose is to preserve and promote sustainable, diverse neighborhoods by encouraging and maintaining homeownership. They believe this can be accomplished by:

  • Marketing trustworthy homeownership resources to the public
  • Elevating community awareness of homeownership education, products, and services
  • Increasing the community's access to effective homeownership education and counseling resources
  • Serving as a clearinghouse for challenges and opportunities in homeownership

The following entities are proud to be participants in Take Root Milwaukee:

ACTS Housing

ACTS Housing offers free, HUD-approved, and one-on-one credit, personal finance, and home buyer counseling, real estate brokerage services, rehab management, and post-purchase assistance. ACTS provides grants to qualified families for downpayment assistance and helps families qualify for special loan programs. Since 1992, ACTS has assisted with over 1,500 home sales and over 600 rehab projects.Contact at 414-933-2215 or visit www.actshousing.orgfor more information

Angel Salmeron, Realtor

A full time Realtor licensed since 2005 with a Master in Business Administration, I am devoted and treat my clients’ needs as my own. I've specialized in assisting families with their home buying and sale necessities and am regularly involved with community events, professional groups, associations and other volunteer opportunities that help me better understand the communities I serve. HABLO ESPAÑOL Y SOLO ESTOY A UNA LLAMADA DE SU ALCANZE. ME ESPECIALIZO EN PRIMER VEZ COMPRADORES & INVERSIONISTAS QUE BUSCAN EXPANDER SUS BIENES RAICES OPORTUNIDADES 414-322-7775 > Contact at 414-322-7775 or to schedule an appointment to find out how I can be of assistance to you.

Antoinette Jackson, RE/MAX Lakeside

With a passion in Real Estate I can help you. Whether your looking to sell your home, buy your first home or invest in one or many I have the resources to guide from beginning to end if it takes one month or five years I'll be here for you! Visit for more info. Phone: 414-234-7720 or Email:

Arthur Mays, Realty Among Friends LLC

We specialize in working with first time home buyers, foreclosures/investment opportunities and are dedicated to seeing our clients through the entire process. Contact at 414-444-2696 or visit for more information.

Associated Bank

For over 150 years, Associated Bank has helped generations of our neighbors buy homes – and stay in them – by answering their questions about homeownership and matching them with the right home loan. Associated has closed more loans than any other Wisconsin lender earning the title of Wisconsin’s #1 Mortgage Lender.  Homeownership starts with a conversation – stop by one of our branches and speak with one of our mortgage lenders or, visit to start your application today. Loan products are offered by Associated Bank, N.A., Member FDIC and Associated Banc-Corp an Equal Housing Lender and Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans involve interest and other costs, and are subject to credit approval and property evaluation.Contact Shiela Roberts, CRA Residential Loan Officer at 414-354-0312 x204 or for additional information.

BMO Harris Bank

Founded in 1882 as N.W. Harris & Co., Harris Trust and Savings Bank was established in1907 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. They have 280 branches in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin and over $40 billion in assets.  Their community investment activities focus on financial literacy and community and economic development, which includes investing in areas to support affordable housing and small businesses.  Harris Bank now offers a variety of mortgage products to meet your needs, including FHA, WHEDA and Home Possible which offer low down-payment options and more. Visit for more information.

Chad Roulette, Keller Williams Realty - Milwaukee North Shore

My goal as your realtor is to provide the best possible advice, guidance, and support throughout the home buying process. I am committed to helping buyers who want to live in and preserve our great Milwaukee neighborhoods. I love working with Keller Williams Realty, which has been named the #1 training organization in the world. Whether you are ready to buy now or are just thinking about it, I am happy to answer your questions. Contact 414-687-8249 or send an email to


Drawing on its 200-year legacy of integrity, strength and financial resources, Chase helps families achieve and sustain homeownership. Today, Chase originates home loans through more than 5,100 Chase bank branches, as well as retail correspondent lenders in 50 states, call centers and loan officers in strategic markets.  The company also services $1.3 trillion home loans. Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).Contact Nadia Coronado, Community Reinvestment & Community Partnerships at 312-732-1760 or visit for more information.

Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative, CSNI

The Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is a commitment to improve the quality of life in the Historic Clarke Square Neighborhood. Journey House serves as a partner with the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative to help give quality services to the residents in our community. One of the most diverse communities in Milwaukee, Clarke Square is home to Journey House, a community-based organization that strengthens families, the Milwaukee County Mitchell Park Conservatory where visitors can enter the world\'s only beehive-shaped glass domes and César E. Chávez Drive, a commercial strip that draws Milwaukee's Latino community and others to shop, eat authentic Mexican food, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.
Contact Lee Valentyn at or visit for more information.

The City of Milwaukee

The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 provided the City of Milwaukee with federal funding to address foreclosed properties in Milwaukee neighborhoods impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), individuals and families can receive assistance for Homebuyer and Rental Rehabilitation programs.  Additionally, these funds can be used to allow the City and its development partners to continue to purchase, rehabilitate, and resell foreclosed properties to owner occupants in these neighborhoods under the NSP acquisition/rehab program, transforming distressed properties into attractive, move-in ready homes. Updated program areas maps can be found here. For more information:

Community First, Inc.

Community First is a community based non-profit organization primarily responsible for administering the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP), a housing rehabilitation loan program for low income homeowners that uses Federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds. Under NIP, owner occupants of houses in targeted neighborhoods have access to forgivable loans, averaging $25,000, to complete substantial home repairs. Qualified applicants are low and moderate income households – as defined by income limits determined by U.S. HUD - who have lived in their home a minimum of five years.Contact at 414-377-4481 or visit for more information.

The Community Warehouse

Community Warehouse is a non-profit, faith-based organization offering affordable home and facility improvement materials to individuals, businesses and organizations in Milwaukee’s Community Block Grant Development Zone. A membership to Community Warehouse gives individuals, businesses, and organizations access to our comprehensive selection of quality affordable home improvement materials. Membership rates: Org./Non-Prof=$100 Business= $150. Materials sold are new and unused and priced affordably.Contact Adalis Rivera at 414-383-7792 or visit

Ezekiel Community Development Corporation

Revitalizing Milwaukee neighborhoods with the collaboration of minority firms with the purpose of job creation, home ownership and skilled training. Find Ezekiel Community Development Corporation on facebook.

Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac is proud to play a leading role in supporting the federal Making Home Affordable Program with the Freddie Mac Relief Refinance MortgageSM and our implementation of the Home Affordable Modification Program. Through these initiatives, we are working with Take Root Milwaukee to help homeowners, stabilize the Milwaukee community, and ensure that mortgages remain available and affordable.  Freddie Mac is supporting the housing market and answering the nation’s call to assist with its recovery. Our top priorities are providing essential liquidity to the market and helping to stem the foreclosure crisis. Over the past decade, Freddie Mac has invested approximately $93.3 billion in home loans, helping 764,530 Wisconsin families own or rent a home.  For more information:

George A. Calaway, G. Calaway Realty LLC

The key to your opportunity to buy, sell, or invest in real estate is with G. Calaway Realty.  A multitude of services are provided to make your real estate experience as easy and convenient as possible, because your time is my time. We specialize in residential and commercial real estate. Contact at 414-550-4046;or visitwww.georgecalaway.comfor more information.

Great Midwest Bank

SIMPLY LOCAL.  Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin with eight additional offices has been serving our community for over 80 years. We are proud of our  5-Star Bank rating awarded by Bauer Financial. Through Partnerships with WHEDA, the City of Milwaukee and Community Based Organizations Great Midwest Bank continues to find new and innovative ways to serve our community. From First Time Home Buyer Programs with Down Payment Assistance, Construction Loans, Home Improvement Loans, Lines of Credit and On Line and Mobile Banking we are ready to help with all your Banking needs. Contact: Cyndie Higgins, Loan Origination/CRA Officer NMLS#296545 at or for additional information.

Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS (GMAR)

The Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® is a 4,000-member strong professional organization dedicated to providing information, services and products to its members to ‘help them help their clients’ in buying and selling real estate.
Contact at 414-778-4929 or visit for more information.

GreenPath Financial Wellness

GreenPath Financial Wellness is a government-approved, non-profit financial organization that provides consumers with financial education, housing and bankruptcy counseling, and programs for repaying credit card and other debts. GreenPath’s customized services and solutions have been helping people achieve their financial goals since 1961.  There is no cost for a financial assessment with a GreenPath counselor.  Services are available in-person, by phone, and over the internet.
Contact at 877-290-6974, locally at 414-282-8064 or visit for more information.

Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation

Havenwoods is a non-profit organization that seeks to revitalize Havenwoods as a vibrant mixed-use urban community through: 1) Supporting our residents by increasing quality of life, helping create family supporting wage jobs and engendering social investment that creates safe and strong blocks; 2) Supporting our businesses by facilitating the maintenance and creation of a vibrant, urban business community; and 3) partnering with other northwest side community and development organizations to sustain and improve the northwest side.  Our service area reaches from 43rd St. to 76th St. and from Silver Spring Dr. to Good Hope Rd. 
Contact at 414-431-2271 or Visit us to learn more.

Housing Resources, Inc.

HRI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families purchase their own homes. They have track record of providing quality home counseling services to prospective low and moderate-income home buyers and have become a trusted leader in assisting hundreds of buyers in purchasing each year. Contact (414)461-6330 or visit for more information.

Johnson Bank

Johnson Bank is a privately held, full service financial services company with offices in Wisconsin and Arizona. They offer expertise in banking, wealth, and insurance. The advisors use a team approach to provide personal and business customers with the most responsive and comprehensive custom solutions available. Their unique structure allows them to respond quickly, leveraging a wide range of products and services few other financial institutions can match. Johnson Bank offers several mortgage loan programs to make home ownership affordable.  These options include low down payments, down payment assistance, gifts and grants to help customers finance their dream. Contact Marlene Castillo, AVP Community Lending Relationship Manager, NMLS: 503082 at 414.304.7027 or for more information. To learn more visit

Kingsley Siribour, Realtor

I would like to be your customer/investor-friendly realtor in the Greater Milwaukee market and help you find your next buyer or seller with the highest level of personal care and satisfaction. I look forward to knowing more about your real estate needs soon. Kingsley Siribour is the founding member of Real Estate Businesses and Social Enterprises Association (REBSEA), a national trade association for real estate professionals who have committed to give back to the communities they serve, and a founder and President of AAE-USA, Inc., (a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Association for social entrepreneurship advocacy and support.
Contact at 414-367-9169 or visit for more information.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. (LBWN)

LBWN is a non-profit community development organization dedicated to revitalizing Milwaukee\'s Silver City, Burnham Park, and Layton Park neighborhoods.  LBWN serves residents between Layton Boulevard (27th) and Miller Park Way (43rd) and between Pierce Street (the Menomonee Valley) and Lincoln Avenue on Milwaukee\'s near southwest side.  The LBWN neighborhoods are some of the most diverse, interesting, and exciting neighborhoods in the City.  Whether you are looking for some delicious dining options, relaxing recreational opportunities, or a new home for your family the LBWN neighborhoods have something for everyone.  LBWN is proud to be a Milwaukee Healthy Neighborhood.Contact:  Cinthia at 414.383.9038 x. 6007 or (Se habla español)to learn more.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council’s (MMFHC’s) Fair Lending Program staff provides free foreclosure prevention counseling to borrowers, help borrowers work with their mortgage lenders, and assist victims of mortgage rescue scams.  This work to assist borrowers, and to identify and eliminate fraudulent, unfair, and predatory lending practices is done in the context of MMFHC’s mission: to promote fair housing throughout Wisconsin by guaranteeing all people equal access to housing opportunities and by creating and maintaining racially and economically integrated housing patterns.
To report or receive assistance with mortgage rescue scams, predatory lending questions or complaints call 414-278-1240, x22
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Metro Milwaukee Foreclosure Mediation

The Metro Milwaukee Foreclosure Mediation program provides voluntary mediation services to residential homeowners and lender-servicers who are parties to a foreclosure action filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court OR Waukesha County Circuit Court.  All mediations are confidential, conducted by a licensed attorney, include a mandatory referral to a housing counselor, and require a minimal fee. Mediation does not replace or stay the legal foreclosure action, but can assist in resolving the foreclosure action in a manner acceptable to both parties, including the possibility of an alternative financial payment arrangement.
Contact at 414-939-8800 or visit for more information.

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that partners with low and moderate income families to build new, single family homes in the City of Milwaukee.  Once families complete an application process and are income-qualified, they work alongside volunteers to put 300 hours of “sweat equity” or volunteer labor into building their home.  Homes are sold to Partner Families with a twenty-five year, zero-percent interest mortgage.  Monthly mortgage payments range from $500 to $600 - less than most families pay in rent.  If you have ever dreamed of owning your own NEW home, learn how you may qualify for a Habitat home today. 
For more information call 414-255-3565 or visit our website.

PNC Bank

Contact them at 1-888-PNC-BANK or visit for more information.

PyraMax Bank

PyraMax Bank is a depositor-owned community bank with 115 years of mortgage lending history. We offer a full range of conventional, governmental and affordable lending programs and partner with many non-profits to offer our clients a range of grant and down payment assistance.
Contact Gary White, Community Development Manager at 414-235-5107 or visit for more information.

Revitalize Milwaukee (RTGM)

We improve lives by providing FREE, professional home restoration, vital safety repairs and life-changing accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners who are senior citizens, veterans and/or persons with disabilities. More info at or by calling (414) 312-7531.

Riverworks Development Corporation

HGNI is a community based nonprofit coalition, with the mission of assisting residents of the Harambee neighborhood in realizing their vision for the community. HGNI and its coalition of nonprofit agencies and resident groups are improving the quality of life in Harambee through creative resident and organizational collaborations, neighborhood specific home ownership resources, and a variety of other quality of life projects and programs designed to form lasting connections and sustainable community development. HGNI targets its efforts in the following service area: North/South between Capital Drive and Center Street, and East/West between Holton Street and Interstate 43.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers

Since 1969, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers has provided high quality health care, health education and social services for residents of the multi-cultural neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s South Side. An independent non-profit agency, Sixteenth Street now operates at five locations and is the only source of medical care for more than 7,500 individuals without health insurance and nearly 22,000 patients who rely on the Medicaid program. Our goal is to keep all of our patients working, studying and thriving. Our excellent care allows them to do just that. We have created over 330 jobs economically benefiting an impoverished neighborhood. Visit for more infomation.

Sonya Mays, Midwest Executive Realty

Whether you are buying, selling or investing, my goal is to provide friendly, trusted, professional services that will support and enhance your real estate needs. I will listen attentively and patiently, and work very quickly to meet your goals. We offer a full range of real estate services. I also specialize in foreclosures and investments. Contact me today and let’s get started!
Contact at 414-395-8771, email, or visit for more information.

Thomas Stewart, Broker, TAS Real Estate LLC

"It's tangible, it's solid, it's beautiful. It's artistic, from my standpoint, and I just love real estate. Whether buying, selling, or investing let me be your guide to a successful transaction.
Contact me today at 414-202-3074 or by email at

Tiffany Griffin, Infinity Realty, Inc.

Tiffany Griffin has been realtor at Infinity Realty for four years and has over 10 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Tiffany's background in real estate and in the mortgage industry, along with her superior knowledge of the local markets, makes her a single point of contact for all your home buying and investment needs. Tiffany prides herself in always trying to put herself in her clients’ shoes. Phone 414-460-7925 or Email

United Community Center(UCC)

Serving Milwaukee's Hispanic community and near south side residents of all ages since 1970, the UCC’s Walker Square Neighborhood Development Initiative began in 1994 as an effort to increase neighborhood stability.  The program has helped increase the percentage of homeowners in the target area from 40% to nearly 80% over the last ten years.  Primarily targeted to assist individuals and families in purchasing their first home, it also provides the support and resources to help these families stay in their home.  Since 2003 the program has closed 136 houses for a total of $14.6 million in property values.Contact us at 414-384-3100 or visit for more information.

Uban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (UEDA)

UEDA provides administrative and project support to Take Root Milwaukee. UEDA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting economic development and housing initiatives that revitalize Wisconsin communities and to building capacity in the community development field through professional training, innovative solutions, policy advocacy and collaboration. for more information.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank is the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States and operates 3,025 banking offices in 24 states, providing a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions.  At U.S. Bank we take great pride in being an active and vital member of the communities we serve.  U.S Bank strengthens our communities by providing access to opportunities—access that might otherwise not be available. By devoting both time and financial resources to projects, programs and organizations focused on invigorating our communities, we provide residents and businesses with access to opportunities that will enable them to thrive and prosper. Visit for more information or Contact Kathy Gentry, Regional Manager/VP / U.S. Bank Home Mortgage at 262-790-3965 or

Wells Fargo

In Wisconsin, Wells Fargo is a leading provider of financial services with 98 locations and more than 3,700 team members. Wells Fargo's success starts with team members who work closely with customers to understand their financial needs and find the right solutions to help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo offers its customers the full realm of financial products and services, including banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer and commercial financial.
Dan Sweeney, Community Development Officer at 414-224-4224 or visit for more information.

Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

WHEDA is an independent state authority that works with lenders to provide low-cost financing for housing and small business development in Wisconsin.
Contact at 1-800-334-6873 or visit for more information on WHEDA programs.

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