|N e i g h b o r h o o d s
|Layton Boulevard West Neighbors Inc., Sacred Heart Center 1545 S. Layton Boulevard
Suite 506 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53215 414-383-9038
In response to the needs of this rapidly changing
and culturally diverse south side neighborhood,
the School Sisters of St. Francis, whose
international headquarters have anchored the
neighborhood for more than a century, founded
the Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc
(LBWN). The Sisters mobilized residents and
offered meeting spaces for community gatherings.
In 1995 LBWN was incorporated as a 501(c)3
non-profit and hired a full-time Director to connect
neighbors to civic leaders, each other and real
For the first four years, LBWN focused on establishing a foundation of neighborhood volunteers, creating
neighborhood networks of communication, and coordinating neighborhood activities that created a sense
of community among neighborhood stakeholders. LBWN, Inc. has been recognized by local, county, and
state elected officials. The School Sisters' original investment in the neighborhood has leveraged
additional support from many investors.
County Treasurer Dan Diliberti said, "This neighborhood can serve as a model of how different people can
live, work, and raise their families together."
Today LBWN, Inc. is one of Milwaukee's most successful
community development corporations offering distinct and
important revitalization strategies for neighbors, businesses and
the entire community. LBWN uses a three-pronged approach to
comprehensive neighborhood revitalization: Grassroots
Leadership Development, Economic Development, and Home
Rehabilitation and Ownership.
In the past several years LBWN has expanded its programs and
staff to respond to the needs of the neighborhood.
LBWN has established a reputation for cultivating partnerships to accomplish its mission. LBWN is
developing leaders from within the neighborhood and mobilizes these leaders and their skills to truly affect
change and revitalize the neighborhood. Neighborhood stakeholders are vital to Layton Boulevard West
Neighbor's revitalization activities.
In 2006 the Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood became one of the Milwaukee’s first five Healthy
Neighborhoods, an initiative which was established by Greater Milwaukee Foundation. There are currently
seven Healthy Neighborhoods in Milwaukee. The Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, started in Baltimore, is a
strategy in which neighbors and business owners work together to emphasize the neighborhood’s
strengths and amenities. The Healthy Neighborhood strategies put neighbors and business owners at the
forefront of improving the neighborhood’s physical conditions, creating a positive image, positioning the
housing market, and managing the neighborhood’s behavior. As a result, more people make social and
physical investments and proactively market their neighborhood to potential business and homeowners
who will do the same. As neighbors draw in more investors, their efforts significantly impact the quality of
life for everyone. Since its founding, many investors have supported Layton Boulevard West Neighbors’
comprehensive revitalization efforts.
- Increase property values and homeownership,
- Create and support economic vitality,
- Reduce Crime,
- Engage neighbors and improve the neighborhood quality of life, and
- Serve as a successful model for other urban neighborhoods