COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – All ReStores Now Open

ReStores (Updated 7/14/20):

All Milwaukee County ReStores Now Open: Milwaukee Habitat has reopened our Wauwatosa ReStore, Walker’s Point ReStore and Greenfield ReStore. For the safety of our customers, volunteers, staff and donors we are requiring all patrons wear a mask. Free disposable masks will be available for those in need at the entrance. As a home improvement store, we are included as an essential business and provide merchandise needed to keep residential properties in working order at a low cost. Staff has enacted safety measures including limiting the number of people in the store at a time, installing safety equipment, and requiring masks. We will be enforcing social distancing and encourage everyone to take advantage of our curbside pickup (see below). Shopping hours for all locations are Tues-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am-4pm.

Donation Pickups Resume: You may now schedule donation pick-ups online, by calling 414-316-5651, or emailing photos to restoredonation@milwaukeehabitat.org. In order maintain social distancing, ReStore staff are not permitted to go into homes to retrieve donations at this time. Please leave donations outside (weather permitting) or in a garage. Staff reserves the right to decline pickups onsite if safety requirements aren’t met. Please maintain a six foot distance if contact with our staff is necessary.

Curbside Pickup: Help practice social distancing by taking advantage of our new curbside pickup! Shop inventory posted to our Facebook page and call the number listed in the post to purchase items over the phone. You’ll be able to pickup in our donation centers. Only credit/debit cards will be accepted for curbside pickup.

Donation Drop Off: All Milwaukee County ReStores are accepting drop off donations Tues-Fri: 10-6, Sat: 10-4. We ask donors to please unload small donations onto the carts provided. If you need unloading assistance, please maintain six feet between staff members.

Volunteers:

Click here for the latest update on volunteering on our build sites and in our ReStores.

New Home Construction & Critical Home Repair:

On the build site we’ve adapted our processes to adhere to social distancing. Though this limits our normal production, we’re still completing new construction projects in partnership with local families. We’re working hard to ensure 18 families close on their new homes this spring. Though adapting to this pandemic is challenging, we know access to safe, affordable shelter is more urgent than ever before.  

We are continuing to serve existing homeowners in need throughout Milwaukee’s northwest side through our Critical Home Repair program. Our staff is working with a limited pool of subcontractors committed to the safety of the families we serve and the staff they employ to complete projects currently in progress. Interested homeowners can still begin the application process (see below), but please note that projects in progress receive priority during this time of limited resources.

Housing Applications:

Families interested in affordable home ownership and affordable home repair can still download applications from our website. Interested individuals do not need to attend a homeowner orientation to apply, as orientations are suspended through June 30th. Find out how to apply for home ownership and home repair.

Staff Safety:

Milwaukee Habitat is asking staff to refrain from attending non-essential business events or gatherings. We have increased telecommuting options and office sanitation procedures.

Additional Resources

Please visit the following sites for an overview of the virus, up-to-date information on the status of the outbreak, and health resources should you become concerned about your own condition or that of a loved one.

We are, of course, closely watching the news, local public health agencies, and the public-school response and will modify our response as appropriate. If it’s within your capacity and you’d like to financially support Habitat through this difficult time, you can make a donation here.