About the Collaborative for Affordable Housing

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Affordable Housing consists of community-based organizations, private concerns, government agencies and advocates committed to promoting the development and preservation of affordable housing throughout Wisconsin.

The mission of the Collaborative is to promote access to decent, safe and affordable housing for economically disadvantaged households in Wisconsin through the preservation and development of housing and housing services by promoting effective collaboration between public, private and community organizations.

The Collaborative organizes the annual A Home for Everyone conference for the purpose of focusing on these issues for low-income families and individuals.

Current members of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Affordable Housing are:

Baker Tilly LLP

Baker Tilly LLP is a full-service accounting and advisory firm whose specialized affordable housing professionals help developers, lenders and investors succeed through investment in quality affordable housing projects throughout the United States. We understand the need to maximize every opportunity and take advantage of all the resources available to make development efforts successful. Baker Tilly’s affordable housing team provides the expertise needed to navigate complex government regulations and capitalize on funding opportunities such as Section 42, Tax Exempt Bonds, Historic Rehabilitation Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, Green Initiative Funding Resources, and philanthropic and local resources. From concept development and transaction structuring to asset disposition and beyond, Baker Tilly offers innovative ideas, strategies and solutions that enable clients to move forward with confidence and meet their business objectives. For more information, visit us at www.bakertilly.com, or contact Don Bernards or Terri Preston at (608) 249-6622.

Forward Community Investments, Inc.

Forward Community Investments (FCI) is an investor, connector, and advisor for organizations and initiatives that reduce social, racial, and economic disparities across Wisconsin. We build stronger, healthier communities by working with other organizations to understand the root causes of social issues and by encouraging and supporting initiatives that make positive change possible. Since 1994 FCI has supported Wisconsin based projects and programs by providing low-cost financing and financial expertise for: affordable housing, equitable access to information, economic development and basic social services. We have invested over $55 million in more than 100 organizations and projects. Our relationships and flexible structure make us a trusted partner of individuals, nonprofits, financial institutions, foundations and investors wanting to make long-term sustainable change.

Foundation for Rural Housing, Inc.

Since 1970, the Foundation for Rural Housing, Inc. has assisted thousands of very low income households obtain and maintain adequate and affordable homes. We administer the State of Wisconsin Critical Assistance funds to prevent homelessness. This can provide limited funds for security deposits, rent, utility payments, mortgage or property taxes. As a statewide agency, we are flexible to fill gaps and often do innovative projects to demonstrate new approaches. One such demonstration was the new construction of Adams Friendship Cooperative Homes. A current focus is on ways to facilitate the aging in place of those who need home repairs. Check out our website at www.wisconsinruralhousing.org.

Gorman & Company, Inc.

Gorman & Company, Inc., a national leader in affordable housing development, was created in 1984 with a mission to develop, syndicate and manage high-quality multi-family housing properties. Through its use of public and private partnerships, Gorman & Company specializes in the renovation of historic buildings and renaissance of traditional urban neighborhoods, and is renowned for its quality craftsmanship, dependability, and sensitivity to building communities. Gorman & Company has become one of the largest and most respected multifamily development firms in the region and works closely with local governments and community groups to help communities meet their development, planning, economic and social goals. Gorman’s staff brings a broad range of development, construction and real life experience to the development process and applies those skills to solve problems and help communities bring their plans to reality. Gorman & Company is a fully-integrated firm, with an in-house architecture team, general contractor entity and property management department and brings a wide range of development experience to its communities. Gorman’s unique affordable housing communities offer high quality amenities that serve the creative class, seniors, accessibility-challenged, entrepreneurs, families and individuals. See our full portfolio at www.GormanUSA.com.

Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin

Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin owns and manages low-income housing corporations in Madison and Milwaukee. We serve both elderly and families in our 900-plus units.  Our mission is to “serve people to serve themselves.” We do this through the large community learning centers that we built on our properties. We have integrated human service and property management as an integrative delivery system to stem poverty by offering educational programs and employment programs. The learning centers provide day care, after-school adult education, special college bound focused programs, leadership development through our Urban Leadership Institute, employment training and placement and job creation through our expanding program base. Persons in our community can attend college courses in our centers through partnerships with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cardinal Stritch University. Young students start the process toward college at grade 2 in our pilot programs with the University of Wisconsin and Cardinal Stritch University.

With a holistic service base, we are making a difference in the lives of people. One such example is through the scholarship fund and support. Another is the fact that all jobs created by the learning centers are held by residents of our communities. It is our goal to urge other management and owners to develop the sustainable components of community by offering learning centers and resources within the community where the jobs are given to residents. It is our intent to model organizational change in the management and ownership of housing developments to develop communities that can provide services to themselves and to the larger community. When residents have the resource base, they can develop their own destiny.

Impact Seven

As a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, Impact Seven improves communities and lives through socially-motivated investments and services. Impact Seven works creatively and collaboratively with investors, clients, municipalities and just about everyone else who wants to see Wisconsin communities thrive. Since 1970, Impact Seven has provided quality, affordable housing for tens of thousands of low-income households, assisted thousands of successful business ventures, and helped create thousands of jobs throughout Wisconsin. For more information, please visit www.impactseven.org.

NeighborWorks Green Bay

Incorporated in 1982, NeighborWorks Green Bay provides housing education and counseling services throughout northeast and north central Wiscosnin.   We provide classes online and through our Green Bay HomeOwnership Center.  We offer homeownership lending in the Greater Green Bay area and renovate housing in Green Bay’s Original Neighborhoods.  We operate 182 units of rental housing and 32,000 square feet of commerical/office space.  We are a 501(c)(3) charity governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are members of the NeighborWorks Alliance of Wisconsin and the National NeighborWorks Network.  We are a HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency and a CHDO.  To learn more about our mission, visit our website at www.nwgreenbay.org or call 920-448-3075.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

The Rural Development mission area of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is focused on helping rural Wisconsin communities build and sustain economic opportunities that enhance their quality of life.  A total five-year USDA Rural Development investment in Wisconsin is nearly $3.5 Billion to support single family home ownership, apartment housing, farm labor housing, business development, economic growth, co-op development, telecommunications, infrastructure, energy initiatives, and community facility needs using an array of financial and technical assistance. USDA Rural Development’s Rural Housing Programs are dedicated to assisting rural families and individuals in obtaining and maintaining safe and affordable housing. For more information, please contact us at our website www.rd.usda.gov.

Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care, Inc.

The Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care, Inc. (WIBOSCoC) provides leadership to local leaders in the Balance of State service area and ensures the efficient and effective delivery of housing and supportive services to households that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The WIBOSCoC offers training and technical assistance to homeless service providers and coordinates the planning and submission of the annual Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care grant application. Advocacy for homeless issues is encouraged by the WIBOSCoC through education on current legislation, contact with legislators and support for the Wisconsin Coalition to End Homelessness, Inc.

Wisconsin Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (WI-CARH)

WI-CARH is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of the rural housing industry in Wisconsin.  WI-CARH is a non-profit corporation and a state chapter of the National Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) based in Washington, D.C. Our activities take several directions such as supporting agencies like Rural Development, USDA, WHEDA, lenders and other affordable housing funders. This includes ensuring continuation of program funding and advocating new sources of funding for the various programs directed toward rural affordable housing.

Founded in 1998 by a group of concerned developers and management agents with rural housing interests, WI-CARH, through its affiliation with the National Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), also offers an extensive benefit program to its members. This includes news services and several discounted purchasing options from preferred vendors for your properties. WI-CARH provides periodic educational seminars on a variety of housing issues and holds an annual conference each November. Contact WI-CARH at (608) 437-2300 or info@wicarh.org.

Wisconsin Community Action Program Association, Inc. (WISCAP)

WISCAP is the statewide voluntary association of Wisconsin’s 16 Community Action Agencies and 2 special purpose agencies with statewide anti-poverty missions:  the Foundation for Rural Housing and the United Migrant Opportunity Services. The Association was incorporated on March 1, 1974, with the intent of its members that the cause of economic self-sufficiency for Wisconsin’s low-income households would be strengthened by working together on issues of policy, resource mobilization, training & development and advocacy. For over forty years, WISCAP has served the needs of its member agencies in various ways:  helping to identify and sponsor professional training in anti-poverty areas, facilitating quarterly meetings of Community Action Agency leadership staff and Board members, serving as a conduit for resource development needs of its members, advocating for public policy conducive to the locally-developed goals of its member agencies and advocating for laws, rules and regulations which support economic opportunity efforts, community development, and locally-designed strategies and procedures. For more information, please visit www.wiscap.org.

Wisconsin Department of Administration – Division of Housing

The Department’s Division of Housing offers a broad range of programs to increase affordable housing opportunities, address homelessness and provide housing for persons with special needs. The Division also develops housing policy and provides funds to local governments and service providers, tribes, non-profit agencies, housing authorities and developers for public infrastructure and economic development opportunities. For more information, please visit us online at housing.wi.gov.

Wisconsin Fair Housing Network (WFHN)

The Wisconsin Fair Housing Network (WFHN) is a statewide coalition of individuals and representatives of public and private organizations and agencies, dedicated to the education and promotion of fair housing throughout Wisconsin. Founded in 1982, the WFHN typically meets quarterly and as needed; to share information, plan and hold conferences and other educational events, and formally recognize achievements in furthering fair housing, among other activities. At conferences, we have continued to bring local, regional and national experts to address various topics related to local, state and federal fair housing laws, voluntary efforts to affirmatively further fair housing and the latest research and initiatives effecting equal housing opportunity.

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) serves Wisconsin residents and communities by providing creative financing resources and information to stimulate and preserve affordable housing. WHEDA was created in 1972 for the purpose of making construction, rehabilitation, and permanent mortgage loans to eligible sponsors of housing projects for low- and moderate-income households. In 1976, WHEDA became the first state housing financing agency to successfully market long-term bonds specifically allocated to finance Section 8 multifamily developments. Since then, WHEDA has developed a number of lending instruments to address a variety of programs for low- and moderate-income households. For more information on available programs, visit their website at www.wheda.com.

Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development, Inc.

The Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development (WPHD) was formed in 1985 to promote the development of affordable housing statewide. WPHD achieves its mission by engaging in the direct development of affordable housing units, working with local and national non-profits to assist them in the development of affordable housing, and administering programs related to affordable housing purchase and rehabilitation. In this role, we have assisted 2,000 households in the purchase of homes they can afford. In 2015, we will manage over $7 million in down payment and rehab assistance; over the many years of operating down payment programs we have served more than 8,500 households across Wisconsin. We provide development assistance to local nonprofits and assist local communities in identifying affordable housing needs. In order to further community neighborhood revitalization activities, we engage in single family housing rehab and resale in communities across Wisconsin and in 2015 started a rental program using units that we have purchased and rehabbed. WPHD also provides technical assistance on a national basis to communities and community agencies in the management of HOME, CDBG, supportive housing, and other HUD funds. For more information, visit www.wphd.org.