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Choice Neighborhood Initiative

On September 10, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Marquette University and Near West Side Partners a $1.3 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) grant to create a locally-driven, comprehensive strategy to transform the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee’s College Court development and the surrounding neighborhood into an inclusive community of opportunity where people want to live, work, and play.

Questions? Contact Britney Roberson, CNI Coordinator, via email at CNI@NearWestSidePartners.org or call (414) 933-0640.

Focus Areas

Housing: Develop plans to replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality, mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.

People: Support positive outcomes for individuals living in the target development and surrounding neighborhood, particularly outcomes related to residents' health, safety, employment, and education.

Neighborhood: Use and build upon existing partnerships to transform the neighborhood into a vibrant mixed-income, mixed-use community with amenities and assets that attract individuals and families.


Denise Thomas leads the Resident Leadership Stakeholder Academy meeting in the College Court community room.