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Brian Sonderman

Executive Director

Milwaukee Habitat

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Milwaukee Habitat

3726 N Booth St

Milwaukee, Wisconsin,53212

United States

Company Description

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity (MHFH) builds and renovates homes for families in need of sustainable housing. Our simple, decent, and affordable homes help transform the lives of our partner families and the neighborhoods in which they live. Since 1984, we h...more

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Staff Directory | Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity

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Brian Sonderman, Executive Director Ext. 5601

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity: Learn about Habitat

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Brian Sonderman, Executive Director Ext. 10

Habitat for Humanity plans expansion into Midtown, Harambee | Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

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Brian Sonderman, executive director of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, stands in the heart of his Washington Park neighborhood. (Photo by Keith Schubert)
"Our goal is to build on the successes of what we have done in Washington Park," said Brian Sonderman, executive director of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. Habitat launched its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) in the Washington Park neighborhood in 2013 to transform it into a safe neighborhood of choice while dramatically improving the quality of life for residents. Instead of just focusing on repairing houses, the NRI takes a holistic approach to improving the community. "We knew if we wanted to accomplish our goal, we must become innovative. So, we implemented strategies that Habitats across the country historically haven't done before," said Sonderman. One of those innovative strategies was forming a partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD). "We have looked very strategically at properties with MPD and asked them where our work would best complement what they are doing," explained Sonderman. Recently, while doing construction on another home, Habitat reported criminal activity at a house on the 2100 block of North 37th Street. The home turned out to be a drug house and was shut down by MPD. "We worked with the city to buy that house back through tax foreclosure and are currently turning it into a Habitat house," Sonderman said. In addition to helping bring down crime 48 percent in Washington Park, the NRI has taken on development projects inspired by neighborhood residents. Through those projects, the initiative has brought murals, gardens, improvements to the Washington Park pool and new playgrounds to the neighborhood. "By the end of 2017, there will be over 215 Washington Park families inside safe and stable Habitat homes," said Sonderman. During its three years in the Midtown neighborhood, Habitat will also be developing relationships and finalizing plans to transition its work into the Harambee neighborhood in 2021, according to Sonderman. "With more than 50 Habitat homeowners living in Harambee already, we are excited to return to the area to replicate the success we have seen here in Washington Park," he said. Sonderman added, "When we move to Harambee, one of the things I think we may be challenged with is the work that's happening downtown. As it begins to move north we may encounter the problem of maintaining affordability for the residents of the neighborhood." He pointed to several strategies to combat this. One is performing critical repairs for homeowners already living in Harambee so they can stay in their houses. Another, implemented by Habitat in San Francisco, one of the country's most expensive cities, is to "put provisions into the homeowners' mortgages that ... provide up to 70 years of affordability," said Sonderman. He added, "Putting income restrictions on who can receive Habitat homes is another strategy." "When we look at prospective homeowners, we identify the families with the greatest need, whether it be financial or safety and security." Sonderman noted that Habitat generally works with people who earn 25-60 percent of the average county income. To own a Habitat house, owners must put in 300-500 hours of manual labor building their own and other Habitat houses. "When you've invested that many hours of sweat equity, you've made a commitment, which leads to the homeowners staying in their homes long term," Sonderman said. Since Habitat started its work 33 years ago, 80 percent of the homeowners it has helped are still living in their homes, according to Sonderman.

2015 September Archive - Mount Carmel Lutheran Church

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That's what's on the agenda for next Sunday, September 27, when Brian Sonderman, the executive director of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, will join us.


Brian Sonderman, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Milwaukee, will speak to us.

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