Milwaukee Neighborhoods

Get to Know Your Neighborhood

Milwaukee is a thriving city with historic architecture and nieghborhoods for everyone. From opportunities to enjoy the shoreline of Lake Michigan, to a thriving culture and arts scene, and award winning parks, Milwaukee is an affordable place in the Midwest to call home.  Our neighborhoods are vibrant centers of culture and economic activity, as well as affordable places for families to live and work.  Listed below are resources that will assist you and your family to explore Milwaukee’s neighborhoods. Each unique neighborhood has a rich history and an engaging community that is sure to appeal to a variety of people. 

Take Root Milwaukee Neighborhood Partners

These partners are a vital part of the communities they represent and active members of Take Root Milwaukee.

Agape Community Center  is a nonprofit community center in northwest Milwaukee. In the spirit of compassion and social justice, Agape Community Center is committed to helping build community in area neighborhoods so everyone can thrive. The organization offers programming for  residents, businesses and institutions in the Thurston Woods, Old North Milwaukee and Fairfield neighborhoods, between 43rd Street and Teutonia Avenue, and between Green Tree Road and Villard Avenue. These area neighborhoods have provided generations of Milwaukeeans with their first experience of homeownership in distinctive tree-lined blocks, showcasing a diverse array of charming architectural styles and surrounded by numerous beautiful parks. Agape is a member of the Milwaukee Healthy Neighborhood Initiative.
Contact their Neighborhood Coordinator at 414-464-4440 x239 or visit their website to learn more.

Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is part of the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is a commitment to improve the quality of life in the Historic Clarke Square Neighborhood.  In 2010, they completed a Qualify of Life Plan that strives to honor residents by building on the strong physical and human assets in the community.
Contact Ramon Candelaria, Executive Director at 414-795-8334 for more information.

Harambee Great Neighborhood Initiative (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. 
Contact Leif Otteson, Community Organizer at 414-364-6486 or to learn more about this thriving Milwaukee community and our services.

Havenwoods Community is a Neighborhood centered near Silver Spring Drive and 60th Street with an incredible amount to offer for prospective residents. Within the neighborhood's boundaries lie the 237-acre Havenwoods State Park. Additionally, In the heart of Havenwoods lies a vibrant industrial corridor that includes more than 150 businesses and stretches over 2 square miles. The size and scale of the companies within Havenwoods vary from locally owned, family businesses to large international corporations such as Brady Corporation. 
Contact Jessica Noth, Healthy Neighborhood Coordinator at 414-431-2271 or Visit us at to learn more.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors is a non-profit community development organization dedicated to revitalizing some of the most diverse, interesting, and exciting neighborhoods in the City. 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. LBWN is proud to be a Milwaukee Healthy Neighborhood.
Contact:  Will Sebern, Community Outreach Manager at 414-385-5300 or visit to learn more.

Sherman Park Community Association (SPCA) is a neighborhood-based organization composed of residents, businesses and institutions, whose purpose is to identify and publicize the advantages of living in Sherman Park.  They work to educate the Milwaukee community about the neighborhood, improve communications within and outside the community concerning schools, housing, public safety, business and other needs and concerns, and to explore and further promote innovative projects that will initiate actions furthering integrated urban living.  SPCA is a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Initative and has an active housing and foreclosure outreach initiative. 
Contact Wendy Hamilton, Healthy Neighborhood Program Coordinator at 414-444-9803 or for more information.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation is a national organization with a community focus. In collaboration with local community development groups, LISC Milwaukee staff help identify priorities and challenges, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs and targets specific neighborhoods for the greatest impact. Their current target neighborhoods include Clarke Square, Harambee, Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights and Washington Park. Learn more about their work with neighborhoods here.

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