HACM Annual Meeting Celebrates The Power of Vision
Over 190 people attended the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM)’s 2017 Annual Meeting, held July 19 at James W. Beckum Park on Milwaukee’s near north side.
With HACM’s Townhomes at Carver Park in view from the event site, HACM celebrated the 15th year since the Townhomes opened and helped to transform the neighborhood into a vibrant mixed-income community.
Utilizing HACM’s first Low-Income Housing Tax Credit allocation and HUD HOPE VI grant, the Townhomes replaced the severely distressed Lapham Park family public housing development with 122 new mixed-income homes, combining public housing with affordable and market-rate apartments.
The board held its annual election of officers, and re-elected Mark Wagner as Chair and Ricardo Diaz as Vice Chair.
Mayor Tom Barrett congratulated HACM and other neighborhood partners for successfully transforming the neighborhood and improving quality of life for residents.
HACM Secretary-Executive Director Tony Pérez thanked attendees for their support of HACM's work in neighborhoods throughout the city. HACM Chief Financial Office Fernando Aniban presented a financial report, highlighting that HACM has achieved an A+ Standard & Poor's credit rating.
HACM also recognized several partners for helping the agency achieve its mission to foster strong, resilient and inclusive communities. Each honoree received a commemorative Mova Globe sculpture signifying the care they have provided for their community. Honorees included:
- Milwaukee Strong Neighborhoods Plan
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Johnson Controls
- John Finger
- Jose Olivieri
- Preston Cole
- Jackie Burrell
- Mindy Biedrzycki
- Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council
- Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)
A highlight of the event was the story of Alysia Mullins and the pivotal role HACM programs played in helping her earn a college degree, purchase a home, and move from public housing to independence. She movingly spoke about the work she has done to mentor others. “I feel it in my heart and faith that in order for me to keep what I have, I have to give it away to someone else. I really want to empower our women to achieve their worth for all our children’s future,” said Mullins.
The meeting finished with recognition of Mr. James W. Beckum, namesake of the park. For over five decades, Mr. Beckum and the Beckum-Stapleton Little League have helped thousands of neighborhood youth find purpose and belonging through sports and community.
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