Financial Resources

The resources listed on this page are proud to be a part of Take Root Milwaukee, and are committed to assisting homeowners to maintain and make needed repairs on their homes. The following is not a complete list, nor should be regarded as a recommendation. You are advised to research various programs and lenders to make a proper decision for your specific situation.


STRONG Home Loans Program
The STRONG Home Loans Program offers loans of up to $20,000 to owner occupants of 1-4 family properties throughout the City of Milwaukee on a first come, first served basis. Loans are partially forgivable and can be used to make emergency and essential home repairs, and address building code orders. Loans are repayable, with a deferred payment option for those who are low income and elderly or disabled.

Compliance Loan Program
The Code Compliance Loan Program assists homeowners in making repairs necessary to fix open City of Milwaukee code violations on their property. CLP does this by providing 0% interest, deferred payment loans. This means homeowners pay no interest and only pay back the loan when selling or transferring the property. Repairs that do not qualify as building code violations will not be completed through this program.


Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
414-316-5606 or
Habitat’s Critical Home Repair Program is available to residents of Milwaukee’s Washington Park, Midtown, Harambee, Amani and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods. The program offers 0% interest loans of up to $15,000 for home repairs, with priority given to seniors, persons with disabilities, military veterans, single parents, and large families (five or more residents). View website or call for additional guidelines and requirements.


Offers loans of up to $10,000 for your home improvement needs through their EasyPath Home Improvement Loan. This product is available to those living in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Five year terms with an interest rate of 4.95%.
Contact: Anne Furey at or (414) 291-7114

Great Midwest Bank
This private community bank offers loans up to $15,000 with lower, competitive interest rates for home improvement projects.
Contact: Brenda at or(414) 352-3710
Contact (for Spanish): Ana at or (414) 282-2800.

Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)
Homeowners meeting WHEDA’s income limits utilize WHEDA’s Home Improvement Advantage Loan where you can borrow up to $15,000 to improve the quality and value of a home. Interested homeowners should contact a WHEDA lender to start.
Contact: Markita Jefferson at or (414) 277-3227