Public-Private Cooperation – 2019 Winner

By Jeffrey Schmidt

Milwaukee County and Heartland Alliance
St. Anthony’s Place

The former County Correctional Center and St. Anthony’s Hospital on N. 10th St. in Milwaukee sat empty and boarded up for decades. Thinking beyond possible sale of the property for office space or retail, Milwaukee County leaders sought instead to use it to tackle homelessness. In 2017, the county sold the building to Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit developer of high-quality affordable housing. Heartland was able to construct 60 modern apartment units to house formerly homeless individuals that opened in March 2019. The county has pledged an on-going annual contribution for supportive services and will continue to award $400,000 in the form of 39 annual housing vouchers for building residents. Also, additional partners were identified to convert the space into a resource hub that includes meal services, homelessness outreach programs, community health services, and the House of Correction’s Day Reporting Center.