Housing

Community Advocates Milwaukee Wisconsin

Community Advocates Helps Families Stay in their Homes

Community Advocates provides comprehensive services to those who are struggling to stay in their home. We offer short- and long-term assistance to meet the individual needs of our neighbors. 

Here are Community Advocates' housing programs:

  • City of Milwaukee Building Inspector Services: For residents who are renting housing units needing repair, Community Advocates' staff works with the City of Milwaukee Building Inspector's office to legally withhold rent until needed repairs are made to the rental unit. Services focus on rent withholding, rent abatement, and relocation. For more information, call our Housing Department at 414-270-3650 or come in to our offices at 728 N. James Lovell Street.
  • Homeless Prevention and Housing Stability Case Management Program: This program provides mediation advocacy and rent payment assistance to households at risk of becoming homeless, households who are facing imminent homelessness, and to victims of domestic violence. Information, referral, and mediation are provided to low-income tenants facing eviction or small claims actions related to tenancy. Evictions are prevented through the program with up to six months of rent assistance and advocacy with property owners. This program provides resources and teaches necessary skills so that these vulnerable populations are able to obtain affordable permanent housing through rapid re-housing and remain housed through homelessness prevention. For more information, call our Housing Department at 414-270-3650 or come in to our offices at 728 N. James Lovell Street.
  • Permanent Housing -- Intervention/Prevention/Case Management for Homeless Families Program: This program provides a continuum of services for low-income households who are homeless or for whom homelessness is imminent. Participant households are offered comprehensive services -- advocacy, case management, and rent payment assistance -- to equip them with the resources and skills necessary to obtain affordable housing through rapid re-housing and remain housed through homelessness prevention. For more information, call our Housing Department at 414-270-3650 or come in to our offices at 728 N. James Lovell Street.

  • Rent Bridge Progam: Community Advocates staff will negotiate a payment plan with property owners for clients who have income, but have missed a payment. Property owners must agree to participate in the program and will agree to accept the amount owed to be paid over a six-month period. To be eligible, the tenant must have lived in the housing unit for at least one year, the amount owed must be $400 or less, and tenants must have some form of income. For more information, call our Housing Department at 414-270-3650 or come in to our offices at 728 N. James Lovell Street.
  • Security Deposit Guarantee Program: This program assists those who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless to secure housing by negotiating an agreement between the tenant and the prospective property owner to pay off their security deposit in installments along with their rent. Participants must find a property owner who agrees to take a security deposit in installments for up to a six-month period and clients must have income from employment, SSI, W2, or another source. For more information, call our Housing Department at 414-270-3650.
  • Siemer Family Homeless Prevention and Case Management Program: This program helps reduce student mobility and increase academic success by improving longterm housing and economic stability for low-income families with school-age children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The goal of the program is to help families achieve financial goals and maintain a stable housing situation so that children can remain in school, giving them the best chance of academic success. For more information, call our Housing Department at 414-270-3650 or come in to our offices at 728 N. James Lovell Street.
  • Tenant-Landlord Mediation: Through this program, mediation is provided to low-income tenants facing eviction or small claims actions related to tenancy. This program offers resources that stabilize a threatened housing situation, making it possible for individuals and families to retain their housing. For more information, call our Housing Department at 414-270-3650 or come in to our offices at 728 N. James Lovell Street.
  • Tenant-Landlord Training: We present this one-hour session as needed in the community to provide information, referrals, and advocacy services regarding renter's rights adn responsiblities for tenants and property owners. Call our Housing Department at 414-270-3650 for more information.
  • Outreach and Supportive Housing for Individuals Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Mental Illness: Community Advocates plays a vital role in the community by engaging with and supporting those who have a mental illness without a safe place to live. You can read more about our Homeless Outreach Nursing Center, Autumn West Safe Haven, and Project Bridge here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Housing

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Q: I am behind on my rent.  What do I do?

Q: My landlord is not making proper repairs to my unit.  What do I do?

Q: I cannot afford an entire security deposit for a new apartment. Can you help?

Q: I am currently homeless (living on the streets, in a shelter, timing out of transitional housing, etc.). What do I do? Can you help?

Q: The Department of Neighborhood Services has boarded up our building. What can we do?

 

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