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.
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.
($) Millions Invested
ACTS’ vision is for each block inside the church neighborhoods we serve to be made up of at least 60% homeowners who are self-empowered. Self-empowered families have access to low-cost money, are entrepreneurial, build wealth through home ownership, and live in safe, sanitary, and affordable housing.
ACTS serves diverse families throughout Milwaukee’s inner city. Most families buy a home close to where they currently rent. Most of these homes are formerly vacant, vandalized foreclosures. Usually rehab costs are less than demolition and new owners save hundreds on their monthly housing costs.
“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.
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.”
“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.”
“I don’t have to worry about landlords anymore; I’ve got a place to call my own.”