Home Repair Programs

The resources listed on this page are proud to be a part of Take Root Milwaukee, and are committed to assisting homeowners to maintain and make needed repairs on their homes. They offer extensive local expertise of the various programs and resources available.

Note that the following is not a complete list, nor should be regarded as a recommendation. You are advised to research various programs and organizations to make a proper decision for your specific situation. Many of the resources listed here are not home remodeling programs, but rather provide assistance to address code violations and make major, needed repairs to ensure the house is safe.


City of Milwaukee

The City of Milwaukee provides a variety of resources for homeowners and homebuyers, including matching grants for home repairs, forgivable loan programs and other resources.


Access the City of Milwaukee’s Housing Help Tool to find the City resources that best match your situation.


The City of Milwaukee Housing Resource Guide also provides detailed information on each program offered by the City and other community-based partners.


View the list of Targeted Investment Neighborhoods (TINs) here

View the list of Housing Tax Incremental Districts (TIDs) here

Milwaukee currently has three Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NIDs) in the Haramee, Sherman Park and Washington Park neighborhoods.


The City also offers two energy-efficiency focused programs that can help with various home repair needs:


A list of City-offered financial resources can be found at Financial Resources for Repair.



Community First
NIP Home Repair and Washington Park NID
(414) 377-4481 or www.cfmke.org
A nonprofit organization responsible for administering the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) and housing funds for the Washington Park NID. Their services include general home repair (other programs, fee-for-fee service, etc) and NIP and NID programs (annual applications for NIP open on February 15th each year). 

Great Midwest Bank

Home Improvement Special

1.99%/1.99% APR; Rate Fixed for 5 years - No Closing Costs


  • $15,000 Maximum Loan Amount - For Loan to Value Up to 80% 
  • $2,000 Maximum Loan Amount - For Loan to Value Up to 125%


Values Based on City of Milwaukee Tax Assessment

Exemptions will be considered case by case. Offer subject to change

Contact Cyndie Higginss at cyndie.higgins@greatmidwestbank.com

Contact Ana for Spanish speakers at Ana.Butschli@greatmidwestbank.com or (414) 282-2800



Harambee Neighborhood Investment District (NID)

The Harambee Neighborhood Investment Districti (NID) is a quasi-govermental entity run by a board of elected residents. The NID assesses $50/unit per year (for up to 10 units per parcel) to the property taxes of all residential property within the NID boundaries and pools that money to fund a home repair GRANT. Assessments will be added to property tax bills distributed at the end of 2017.


This grant is eligible to all property owners within the boundaries but priortitizes owner-occupants with demonstrated financial need. The goal of the program is to provide much needed home repair resources to neighbors and home repair jobs to underemployed residents. Eligible repairs included exterior items such as roofs, siding, windows, doors, & painting and interior items such as plumbing & electrical.

Contact: 414-906-9650


Housing Resources, Inc.

Neighborhood Improvement Project (NIP) Home Repair, Tool Loan Program

(414) 449-0705 or www.hri-wi-org

A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families purchase, maintain and keep their own homes. HRI is a trusted leader in assisting hundreds of buyers and owners with services such as counseling and education, foreclosure assistance and various home repair services.


Their Tool Loan Center is located at 2500 W. Capitol Drive and provides tools and other resources to City of Milwaukee property owners. Call (414) 449-0705 or visit www.hri-wi.org/toolloan.php


Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity

Home repair resources at various ReStore locations

(414) 562-6100 or www.MilwaukeeHabitat.org (Click “Shop” for ReStore information)

A nonprofit organization that partners with low and moderate income families to build new, single family homes in the City of Milwaukee. They also offer home preservation loans for home repairs and operate two Milwaukee ReStore locations that provide discounted building materials, supplies and home furnishings.

  • 420 S. 1st Street - (414) 257-9078

  • 3015 N. 114th Street - (414) 562-9078


Revitalize Milwaukee

Home repair services

(414) 321-7531 or www.FreeHomeRepairs.org

Revitalize Milwaukee revitalizes communities by providing FREE, critical home repairs and comprehensive services to qualified low income homeowners, veterans seniors and people with disabilities. Home by home, Block by Block Entire Communities are Transformed. We cover Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Find out more by giving us a call or by visiting our website!


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