Milwaukee school converted to affordable housing through HUD program

Luna Ruth
Mayor Cavalier Johnson, HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Diane Shelley and County Executive David Crowley at the site of the former Phillis Wheatley School site at 2442 N. 20th St during an announcement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's “Our Way Home” initiative.

A newly constructed slate, white and rust-colored building on Milwaukee’s near north side will now feature 82 units of affordable housing in place of the former Phillis Wheatley School.

The former school, at 2442 N. 20th St., was the location of a $22 million redevelopment project utilizing low-income housing tax credits and $400,000 in HUD funds through its HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

The site was purchased by Royal Capital Group Ltd. in April of last year, which pledged to provide most of its 82 units at below market rents for those earning 60% or less than the median income. The Milwaukee-based Greenfire Management Services company is leading construction. 

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