About ACTS

ACTS Housing’s mission is empowerment through homeownership.

Home Sales

Rehabs

($) Millions Invested

ACTS Housing 2017 Annual Report

Our Vision

Our Vision is to create vibrant Milwaukee neighborhoods through homeownership.

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.

ACTS Neighborhoods and Office Location

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. Our Central Office serves families who would like to purchase homes anywhere in Milwaukee.
ACTS Housing is an expert at finding incredible deals for our clients.  However, as a real estate brokerage, ACTS does not steer clients to any particular neighborhood.  Many families that have purchased homes 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, 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

Michael Zimmerman, Senior Vice President – Investor Relations at MGIC
President, Executive Committee Chair

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

Kurt Kellogg, President of Uncle Josh Fishing Bait Company

Autumn Latimore, Assistant Director of Public Relations at Northwestern Mutual

Kevin Malaney, Senior Counsel at Foley and Lardner
Development Committee Chair 

Pam Evason, Managing Director – Windermere Wealth Advisors

Kristen Gagliano, VP, Compliance Manager – North Shore Bank
Lending Advisory Chair

Joe Schlidt, Director of Client Special Services – Godfrey & Kahn, SC

Chris Schreiber, Attorney – Von Briesen & Roper

Allison Steinhafel, Director – Hammes Holdings
Vice-President 

Josh Yamat, Market President – Commerce State Bank

Anthony McHenry, CEO – Milwaukee Academy of Science

William Tisdale, President and CEO -Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

Impact

Sustainability

Real Estate Brokerage

Tess Wynn

Tess Wynn

Real Estate Associate

tess@actshousing.org (414) 737-2426
Deon Price

Deon Price

Real Estate Associate

(414) 737-5158
deon@actshousing.org

Jenean Shorter

Jenean Shorter

Real Estate Associate

jenean@actshousing.org (414) 737-5160

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Financial Coaching and Homebuyer Counseling

Maria Santos

Maria Santos

Director of Housing Counseling

(414)933-4427 maria@actshousing.org
Leslie Buck

Leslie Buck

Homebuyer Counselor

(414)933-2547 leslie@actshousing.org
Anthony Bell

Anthony Bell

Homebuyer Counselor

(414)727-0012 anthony@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.

Home Rehab Counseling

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
Priya Bhatia

Priya Bhatia

Director Lending and Home Rehab

priya@actshousing.org (414)727-0011

Administration and Management

Administration

Michael Gosman

Michael Gosman

Executive Director

414-727-5440 mgosman@actshousing.org
Dorothy York

Dorothy York

Associate Director

414-727-5441 dorothy@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
Simone Smith

Simone Smith

Community Outreach Assistant

(414) 727-0019
simone@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