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.

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.

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.

A Double Rehab

We’re so happy to have something to take care of.”

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Bruce Knows Best

ACTS is patient…they really work with you to get you the type of house that you want..”

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Will

“I was just like, wow, this can’t be true…I just didn’t believe you would be able to live in your own house for that price.”

Our Stories

ACTS families work hard to attain safe, affordable homes. Click below (left) to read our families’ stories. Click below (right) to read tips on homeownership and rehab from the ACTS team.

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

Meet Priya

“I was very impressed with ACTS and excited about the mission.”

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Making Dreams Come True 

ACTS realtor Jenean Shorter says the most exciting part of the deal is families finding the perfect house.

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Meet Yussuf

“Your neighborhood is where you get back to normal and say ‘this is my starting point in life.”

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Many of the photos and videos featured throughout the website are courtesy of Fred Croen.

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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.
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