Renters to owners, houses to homes, blocks to communities.

Our work enabling low-income homeownership for the last 20 years proves that homeownership is possible and transformative for families even in Milwaukee’s most challenged neighborhoods. Each year, ACTS helps over 100 families buy and rehab their own homes.

Each time we do, the city of Milwaukee gets a little bit stronger.

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One family at a time

ACTS makes it possible for low income families to become home owners. We provide financial counseling, real estate brokerage, rehab expertise, and through ACTS Lending, Inc., rehab loans, so that low income families can viably purchase a home and make it safe and livable.

For us it’s not just about housing. Our job is to make sure all Milwaukee families have the opportunity to transform their own lives and take a stake in our city’s future.

Just ask the many families ACTS has helped into homeownership.

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Most city-owned tax foreclosures can be purchased for $3500. When we hold open house events for some of these properties we can attract as many as 200 people. Once inner-city families realize home ownership is a possibility for them, they sacrifice to get prepared for the opportunity.
Families who purchase these homes save hundreds of dollars a month compared to what they previously paid in rent. With a median household income of $2200/month, many ACTS families used to pay half their income on subpar rental housing. After becoming homeowners, we witness parents using their savings and equity to pay for needed medical care, send their kids to college, or fund small business ventures.
Most of our families roll up their sleeves and pour sweat equity into their new home. Families who commit to the hard work that reclaiming a vacant, vandalized, foreclosed property requires are often working multiple jobs and spend the rest of their time working to make their new home safe and code compliant.

Mary Fullilove

“ACTS gave us a home and a permanent address. They don’t realize how much they help people.”

Lue Lor, Mao Lee and Family

“We like the way Blia was willing to work with us to build credit and qualify for a down payment grant before buying a home.”

Chue and Tong

It is hard to believe that only two years ago their beautiful garden was an overgrown, vacant strip of land…

Yussuf and Sitey

Yussuf is teaching his children the value of education and responsibility.

Neighbors Building Neighborhoods

ACTS helps low-income families buy homes the government has condemned and banks have abandoned. ACTS develops rehab scopes of work that involve volunteers, local contractors, and the buyer to ensure the cost to rehab is less than the home’s value.

  • Asian 21%
  • Black 28%
  • Latino 43%
  • White 8%

Ramon and Guillermina

Ramon had always been worried about whether his income would be able to pay their bills.

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The Gomez and Vang Families

Once again, three generations of a single family will live under one roof.

Vang Tou Yang

“I bought my first home with the ACTS program. Now that I am selling, having Blia Cha’s skillfull, bilingual assistance shows me I’m in the right place.”

Yang Mee

“I am grateful for all of the resources that made it possible for my rehab process. ACTS helped me with different sources of financing, grants, and much needed technical assistance.”

Aliza Scott

“I don’t have to worry about landlords anymore; I’ve got a place to call my own.”