House by house, block by block
We provide essential residential rehabilitation services to low-income homeowners, restoring health and vitality to impoverished neighborhoods.
Building community while building up people
Well-maintained homes that are weather tight, accessible and free from environmental hazards are the building blocks of safe and desirable neighborhoods.
Our commitment to improving our neighborhoods extends to improving the lives of our neighbors. The Neighborhood Improvement Project (NIP) offers the opportunity for at-risk young adults from these same neighborhoods to learn home construction skills while earning their GED.
“The world moves in gears. We all need each other.”
– Ariel Dotstry, former client, now Site Supervisor for MCC’s YouthBuild program
Neighborhood Improvement Project
For more than 40 years, the Neighborhood Improvement Project in Milwaukee has improved housing conditions for eligible low-income homeowners living in deteriorating and unsafe homes. These free services ensure that homes comply with local residential dwelling codes. Services can include roofing, siding, heating, electrical, painting and structural improvements.
We’re active members of the Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) dedicated to developing necessary affordable housing for low-income people in the Milwaukee area. We produce economical housing through new home purchases as well as renovating older, undesirable housing units. These newly updated homes dramatically improve the environment of low-income neighborhoods.
YouthBuild provides young adults ages 18-25 with education and hands-on construction training while building homes for low/moderate income families. YouthBuild members pursue their GED, receive hard and soft skills training, earn an hourly stipend and qualify for post-secondary education grants while giving back to their community. For information on joining the YouthBuild program, or employing graduates of the program, call (414) 902-5394.
YouthBuild is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Department of Labor (through a partnership with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board), the City of Milwaukee Community Development Grants Administration, HUD, and others. Operation Fresh Start in Madison, WI provides technical assistance.
For questions, call the MCC YouthBuild program at (414) 902-5394, or the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) number 711. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. The Department of Labor funds this program. MCCYB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Housing Accessibility Project
The Housing Accessibility Project (HAP) provides custom-designed ramps for low-income homeowners who need wheelchair access. This free service increases freedom and quality of life for physically challenged Milwaukee residents designated as low-income under HUD guidelines.
Builders, contractors and trade professionals, help us defeat the challenges of poverty.
The Neighborhood Improvement Project is just one of the ways we move people to self-sufficiency—and we’d love your help. If you’re an experienced construction professional, consider sharing your knowledge with our YouthBuild participants about a career in the construction field, how to look for and find employment, tips on professional behavior on the job or in an interview, or other important life skills.
Call (414) 645-5350 for information on how to volunteer your time within NIP.