ACTS Housing’s mission is empowerment through homeownership.
($) Millions Invested
Our Vision is to create vibrant Milwaukee neighborhoods through homeownership.
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.
ACTS Housing 2015 Annual Report
ACTS Neighborhoods and Office Locations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Real Estate Brokerage
Director of Real Estate Sales
Financial Coaching and Homebuyer Counseling
Director of Housing Counseling
Marilyn De Jesus
Housing Counseling Assistant
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.
Home Rehab Counseling
Director of Home Rehab Counseling
Ramon R. Guadarrama
Senior Rehab Counselor
Senior Rehab Counselor
Administration and Management
Director of Development
Office Manager & Bookkeeper
Director of Lending