UWM to host talk on affordable housing crisis

Housing will be the topic of the Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit on Thursday, Nov. 16, presented by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Urban Studies Programs.

This year’s topic is “Far from the American Dream: Milwaukee’s Fair and Affordable Housing Crisis.” A panel of civic and community leaders will examine the issues driving the crisis as well as possible program reforms and initiatives to address it.

Included on the panel are James Mathy of the Milwaukee County Housing Division, Raphael Ramos of the Legal Action of Wisconsin Eviction Defense Project, Kori Schneider-Peragine of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and Rebecca Stoner of ACTS Housing, as well as Arijit Sen, an associate professor at UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

This discussion is part of a yearlong series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Milwaukee. An important happening in the lead up to the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the march saw thousands of protesters led by the Milwaukee Youth Council of the NAACP march to the heavily Caucasian south side of the city in protest of racially biased housing practices.

The State of Milwaukee Summit is free and open to the public and will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the UWM Student Union’s Alumni Fireside Lounge, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd. It is sponsored by the Henry W. Maier Fund, the Center for Economic Development and the College of Letters and Science at UWM.

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