When Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity adopted the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative strategy, we looked at the needs and opportunities in neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee. We narrowed in on Washington Park for many reasons, including its number of new housing opportunities and the number of existing homes in need of repair or complete rehab.
We also considered the high level of resident commitment to improving their neighborhood’s quality of life, and the great opportunities for revitalization that the neighborhood provides for homeowners, residents, and volunteers.
About Washington Park Neighborhood
At the heart of the Washington Park neighborhood is the park itself, a 124-acre space that is home to the Urban Ecology Center, the Vliet Street Community Green Market, the Bandshell Concert Series, and countless events.
Over the last five years, more than 150 new housing units have been added, and dozens of new businesses have located to Washington Park. The neighborhood is quickly becoming the dessert capitol of Milwaukee with Amaranth Bakery, Birdie’s Cafe, Eat Cake, and Kehr’s Candies.
Arts and education play a strong role in the life of the Washington Park families. The neighborhood’s three primary schools partner with youth organizations, including Our Next Generation and Express Yourself Milwaukee, to provide additional artistic, educational, and recreational opportunities for children.
Health and wellness is a component to the neighborhood as well. Progressive Community Health Centers provide health services at its Lisbon Avenue Clinic. Milwaukee Bicycle Works provides low cost bikes to children and sponsors local rides and events. The neighborhood also has five community gardens and a farmers market that supports local vendors.
- The 2010 Census counted 10,027 people living in 2,990 households in Washington Park neighborhood.
- The majority of residents reported their race as African American (71%), followed by Asian (17%), European American (5%), Hispanic (4%), and Other (3%).
- 42% of the neighborhood’s population is under the age of 19.
- The median household income is $26,415 (compared to $27,089 citywide)
- 45% of neighborhood families live in poverty, compared with the city average of 20%.
- Only 47% of the neighborhood’s residents are employed.
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