About ACTS

ACTS Housing’s mission is empowerment through homeownership.

Home Sales

Rehabs

($) Millions Invested

Our Vision

Our Vision is to create vibrant Milwaukee neighborhoods through homeownership.

Meet ACTS Families

Our Impact

ACTS serves diverse families throughout Milwaukee’s inner city. Most home owners purchase formerly vacant, vandalized foreclosures.Usually rehab costs are less than demolition and new owners save hundreds on their monthly housing costs.

See How Families Build Neighborhoods

ACTS Housing 2015 Annual Report

ACTS Neighborhoods and Office Locations

centralACTS main office: 2414 W Vliet St in the former convent of St. Michael’s Parish

 

I-94 West to North Ave. and Highway 41 and I-43 North

In 1992, St. Michael’s church started a pilot housing program to encourage families to purchase homes around the church. At that time, several older church members wished to sell their homes. In late 1995, three Milwaukee Central City churches — St. Rose (33rd and Michigan), St. Michael (24th and Cherry), and St. Francis of Assisi (4th and Brown) formally incorporated ACTS as the non-profit vehicle through which they would collaborate to empower homeownership and promote economic self-sufficiency of church members and neighborhood residents.

 

northACTS North Side Offices:

St. Martin De Porres Parish, 128 W Burleigh St.  originally formed by All Saints, Blessed Trinity, and the Dominican Center

North Avenue to Silver Spring and Sherman Boulevard to Green Bay Avenue/I-43

The north side membership formed in January of 2000. The north side churches originally consisted of All Saints (4060 N. 26th), Blessed Trinity (4717 N. 38th), and the Dominican Center (2470 W. Locust St.). The Dominican Center now operates its own program while continuing to collaborate with ACTS. In the spring of 2005, St. Martin de Porres (128 W. Burleigh St.) and St. James in Brookfield began to collaborate with the north side membership.

 

southACTS South Side office: 3132 W Lincoln Ave out of St. Rafael the Archangel

Oklahoma to I-94, approximately S. 1st Street to W. Oklahama

The south side office formed in 2000, with the help of Ascension Lutheran Church, Faith Lutheran, St. Rafael the Archangel, and Prince of Pease/Principe de Paz.

 

Outside of our focus neighborhoods

ACTS Housing is an expert at finding incredible deals for our clients in our focus neighborhoods.  However, as a real estate brokerage, ACTS does not steer clients to any particular neighborhood.  Many families that have purchased homes in our focus neighborhoods have subsequently seen a significant appreciation in the value of their homes and have decided to move to nearby communities.

It is our pleasure to help families achieve their homeownership dreams in the communities of their choice.

 

Our History

ACTS was born as the neighborhood around St. Michael’s Church was ravaged by crime and disinvestment in housing. This activity generated many vacant homes that were deemed useless by the City and the private market. Through a unique partnership with the City of Milwaukee, ACTS introduced local residents in the neighborhood to these vacant homes, showed each family how to buy and rehab them, convinced local banks that they would be excellent customers for their best mortgage programs, and then stepped back and witnessed the rebirth of a neighborhood.

Now, with three additional neighborhood offices and an incorporated lending program, more than 7,600 individuals, the majority of them children, live in homes purchased through the ACTS Program. Children living in owner occupied homes perform better in school. Neighborhoods where families are homeowners form more stable communities.

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We are pledged to the letter and spirit of the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

Board of Directors

John Linnen, Retired Senior Vice President of M&I Bank, Board Treasurer
President, Executive Committee Chair

Michael Zimmerman, Senior Vice President – Investor Relations at MGIC
Vice President

Stephen Rothe, Vice President – US Bank
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Margaret Keehn, Strategic Director of Life Care Solutions at GE Healthcare
Program Committee Chair

Kurt Kellogg, President of Uncle Josh Fishing Bait Company

Autumn Latimore, Assistant Director of Public Relations at Northwestern Mutual
Development Committee Chair

Kevin Malaney, Senior Counsel at Foley and Lardner
ACTS Lending Advisory Board Chair

Amy Schleg, Vice President – Johnson Bank
Event Committee Chair

John Weitzer, Senior Vice President – Wells Fargo

Impact

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Sustainability

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Real Estate Brokerage

Yeng Vang

Yeng Vang

Housing Specialist

(414) 269-8499
yeng@actshousing.org
Mary Leach-Sumlin

Mary Leach-Sumlin

Director of Real Estate Sales

(414) 372-3543
mleachsumlin@actshousing.org
Francisco Rios

Francisco Rios

Special Projects

(414) 510-5364
frios@actshousing.org
Hilaria Rios

Hilaria Rios

Housing Specialist

(414) 510-5234
hrios@actshousing.org

Brochure

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Financial Coaching and Homebuyer Counseling

Maria Santos

Maria Santos

Director of Housing Counseling

(414) 933-4427
maria@actshousing.org
Marilyn De Jesus

Marilyn De Jesus

Housing Counseling Assistant

(414) 727-0015
marilyn@actshousing.org

Our Services

We provide low-income families with financial counseling, help them through the home buying process, and then assist them in the rehabilitation of their home.

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Home Rehab Counseling

Jeff Bray

Jeff Bray

Director of Home Rehab Counseling

414-727-5441
jeff@actshousing.org
Ramon R. Guadarrama

Ramon R. Guadarrama

Senior Rehab Counselor

(414) 727-0018
ramon@actshousing.org
Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Senior Rehab Counselor

(414) 727-0017
sam@actshousing.org

Administration and Management

Administration

Mike Gosman

Mike Gosman

Executive Director

414-727-5440 mgosman@actshousing.org
Rebecca Stoner

Rebecca Stoner

Director of Development

(414) 727-0016 becky@actshousing.org
Debbie Powers

Debbie Powers

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

(414) 935-1924
debra@actshousing.org

ACTS Lending

Lending

Eileen Lazich

Eileen Lazich

Director of Lending

(414) 727-0011 eileen@actshousing.org
 
 

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ACTS Housing’s mission is to promote affordable home ownership that fosters a low-income family’s ability to be self-empowered, thereby reducing community blight, neighborhood deterioration, and poverty. ACTS’ strategy is to generate home ownership opportunities for inner-city residents within a targeted neighborhood so that an entire community can be transformed and sustained. ACTS’ team provides home buying services throughout the city of Milwaukee.
2414 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee, WI 53205 USA 391837474