The goal of the Dominican Center housing program is revitalization through resident leadership which is cultivated and encouraged at each step in the program. The DCW works with homeowners to make their homes healthy, safe and code-compliant.
Neighborhood improvement project-NIP
The Dominican Center is one of eight community-based NIP agencies. The City of Milwaukee's Neighborhood Improvement Project (NIP) assists eligible owner occupants in repairing their homes. All repairs are based upon municipal building code violations, lead hazard reduction, health and safety concerns. NIP is not a remodeling program. The repairs are authorized by the Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS) and funded by the Community Development Grants Administration (CDGA). To be considered for NIP program eligibility, homeowners must meet guidelines. These guidelines can be found at http://city.milwaukee.gov/NIP or by talking with DCW's Herb Byers at 414-444-9930.
Residents gain an understanding of the expenses of homeownership such as taxes, insurance, maintenance and utilities. Residents work with a financial literacy counselor who reviews the participant's personal finances and helps to develop a monthly budget.
Local Amani housing support groups
The 24th Street/24th Place Investment Group was organized to address foreclosed and abandoned homes and other neighborhood issues. Since its inception, neighbors and landlords have gotten involved and together work effectively for a safe, secure neighborhood.
The following groups have grown through encouragement by the Dominican Center and meet monthly to encourage and share ideas, consult with resource professionals on home ownership issues, and plan group action on neighborhood issues.
- Saturday Home Action Group
- Senior Homeowners Group
- The 24th Street/24th Place Investment Group.