Lapham Park is a subsidized housing complex owned and operated by the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (Wisconsin). It was built in 1964 and has 200 units. In 1993, Lapham was designated as an elderly-only building. Presently, residents are 74% elderly; 96% African-American and 56% female. 74% of the residents are very low income, with a median annual income of only $7,553. Many of our elderly residents are frail and a number of them have disabilities: many of them in wheelchairs, many have vision or hearing loss, and some show early signs of Alzheimer’s.
|The Lapham Park Venture Presentation (requires Flash)|
|The idea for the Lapham Park Venture began as a result of requests from residents for more and improved services. Though many agencies provided care at Lapham, the service remained fragmented and inadequate. After considerable dialog among the involved agencies, a collaborative plan emerged. The goal of the plan for all participants is to maintain and improve the quality of life and housing stability for the residents of Lapham Park through the creative use of public and private funds. A secondary goal is to determine whether the model of a Continuing Care Retirement Community can be superimposed on a publicly-funded housing development to facilitate true "aging in place" for low-income seniors.|
|Housing Research Foundation's Best Practices features Lapham Park|
the Future: High-Performance Partnerships
| The major partners of the Venture
|These partners have invited and integrated the services of other agencies into the plan. Characteristics of this joint collaboration include:|
|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.|