Habitat for Humanity to continue work in Harambee neighborhood

Habitat for Humanity Inc. plans to purchase 10 lots from the City of Milwaukee for $1 each to build new homes for lower-income residents. The lots are located in the Harambee neighborhood and are located between West Burleigh Street, North Fourth Street, West Locust Street and North Seventh Street.

Habitat for Humanity started working in Harambee this year by building 10 homes in the neighborhood north of Burleigh Street. Habitat has constructed a total of 220 new homes in the City of Milwaukee and has rehabilitated another 93 homes in the city. Home values in neighborhoods that Habitat has been active in have increased two to three times the citywide average, according to the Department of City Development.

With the help of volunteers, Habitat builds 1,100- to 1,400-square-foot homes with 3-4 bedrooms and two bathrooms. The homes are sold to buyers for about $60,000 plus 200 hours of sweat equity.

The Common Council will consider the proposed lot sales to Habitat at its meeting today.

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