Community and Supportive Services
HACM’s programming has received numerous awards and recognition from a wide variety of organizations in recent years, including:
Public Safety: To reduce crime and maintain safety in public housing developments, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) created a Public Safety section in the early 1990s. The mission of HACM’s Public Safety is to enhance the quality of life for residents living in public housing, by working cooperatively with residents, staff, the public and other law enforcement agencies to preserve the peace, reduce crime and provide for a safe, drug-free environment in which to live, work and raise families.
Homeownership: HACM offers Section 8(y) and Section 32 homeownership programs.
HACM partners with a number of community organizations to provide services for residents that assist and support them and their families. Services that are available for public housing residents include:
Day Care: HACM has three licensed day care/Head Start providers on-site in our public housing family developments (Tomorrow’s Future Leaders at Hillside, Day Care Services for Children at Parklawn, and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center at Westlawn).
Youth Services: Youth-serving agencies are on-site in three developments (a Boys & Girls Club at Hillside, a YMCA at Parklawn, and the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center at Westlawn). These agencies provide a comprehensive array of recreational, educational and leadership programs for youth, both after-school and during the summer.
Education: HACM has two schools on-site in family public housing developments. The Central City Cyberschool is a public charter school (chartered by the City of Milwaukee) that serves up to 400 students in grades K4 to 8th grade and is located at the Parklawn development. Attached to the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center (SSNC) in Westlawn, the Browning Elementary School is a Milwaukee Public School (MPS) that serves children in grades K4 through the 5th grade and the Silver Spring Academy is an alternative middle school that serves children in 6th through 8th grades.HACM Education Initiative: Since 2005, the HACM Education Initiative has sought to improve school attendance and educational achievement among youth at Highland Homes and Scattered Sites. The Education Specialist works with the children to ensure they attend school every day, links them to community learning centers and tutoring programs, and helps reduce barriers to their success in school. He also works one-on-one with parents to develop an educational achievement plan for each child.
Adult Education: HACM partners with community organizations to provide GED preparation and adult basic education training on-site in three developments. Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) provides such training at Hillside and through the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center at Westlawn. In addition, Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services provides such education at the Cherry Court Neighborhood Network Center.
Scholarships: Public housing residents are eligible to apply for scholarships for higher education of up to $2000 per year from HACM. Download the scholarship application.
Employment/Economic Self-Sufficiency: HACM offers a wide range of programs to assist housing residents in increasing the employment and economic self-sufficiency.
YouthBuild: HACM offers a YouthBuild program that provides at-risk youth ages 16-24 with construction training and educational opportunities.
Healthcare: HACM currently has two health clinics located in public housing developments. Located on the 2nd floor of the Hillside Family Resource Center, the Westside Healthcare Association’s Hillside clinic is a federally qualified health center that provides a variety of health care services to low-income families and individuals in Milwaukee. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing operates a clinic in the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center at Westlawn. Services at both clinics are available to residents on a sliding fee scale.
Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities: Since 1993, HACM has partnered with SET Ministry to serve residents in our highrise developments and S.E.T. has on-site offices in every highrise development. SET Ministry has received awards and national recognition for their public housing case management program. Every year, SET assists more than 1,300 residents in Milwaukee’s public housing. SET Ministry’s case managers are experienced nurses and social workers who assist residents by assessing their needs, assessing eligibility for programs and services that are needed by the resident, and linking the resident into those services. SET Ministry also case manages a number of residents that are eligible for the State of Wisconsin Family Care Program. The Lapham Park Venture is a nationally-recognized partnership that offers elderly residents of HACM's Lapham Park high rise expanded services and the opportunity to age in place. The partnership has saved over $1 million in Medicaid nursing home costs annually.
Senior Meal Program: For seniors 60 and older, the Milwaukee County Department on Aging has 27 meal sites that serve a hot lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Four meal sites are currently located in HACM highrise developments in their community rooms (Arlington Court, College Court, Convent Hill and Lapham Park).
|The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee is an equal opportunity housing provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, handicap, lawful source of income, marital status, family status or sexual orientation.|