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As the fight against COVID-19 changes our daily lives, the Wisconsin Policy Forum maintains its commitment to providing the highest level of nonpartisan public policy research on state and local issues in Wisconsin. We have shifted our research agenda to produce several crisis-related reports.

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The Wisconsin Policy Forum is a nonpartisan, independent statewide policy research organization with offices in Milwaukee and Madison. Our mission is to provide informed, nonpartisan analysis of critical policy issues affecting local governments, school districts, and the state of Wisconsin. Our research and facilitation activities encourage elected officials and community leaders to find effective, data-driven solutions to pressing policy challenges, and promote productive discussion among the public and private sectors.

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2021 Salute to Local Government

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Italian Community Center
631 E Chicago St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Executive Summary

Long before COVID-19, affordable housing was one of the Milwaukee’s greatest challenges. Thousands of households were rent burdened, evictions were common, homeownership was declining, and stark racial disparities made these issues particularly challenging for Milwaukee’s Black and Hispanic populations.

In this report, we build on our previous research on public sector housing efforts to examine the roles nonprofit organizations and private developers play in helping to preserve and increase access to affordable housing in Milwaukee. Through a survey of 61 organizations, we provide insight into the scope and scale of non-governmental housing services and activities. We also share key insights from interviews with leaders from 15 of those organizations on the city’s most pressing housing needs, the challenges nonprofits and developers face in their housing work, and potential...
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Event Recap

Forum Friday on the pandemic and the next state budget

For the April 2021 installment of our virtual event series, Forum Friday, we focused on the 2021-23 state budget. Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan and State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, joined us to discuss our state budget brief and shared their views on the impending, high-stakesRead More

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