If you own a home in the Silver City, Burnham Park, or Layton Park neighborhoods (map), you may qualify for the home improvement resources detailed below.

Read more about our neighborhood matching grant, and stay up to date on city-wide initiatives. Questions? Contact us here.

For more information on these resources, contact Cinthia Hernandez, Housing Outreach Manager, at cinthia@lbwn.org or 414.944.6007.



Most Improved Home Contest

Enroll in this year’s annual Most Improved Contest! Winners will take home excellent prizes, including a first place prize of $1,000! Additionally, the first 20 participants to complete their projects will receive a $50 rebate! The contest closes on September 30th. All projects must be completed and staff at LBWN notified by this date to continue your enrollment in the competition.

To enroll your home, please fill out the online enrollment form.
For questions, please contact housing@lbwn.org  at 414-944-6007.

Regístrese en la competición de la casa mas mejorada del 2017! Ganadores se llevaran premios excelentes, incluyendo $1,000 para el primer lugar! Adicionalmente, los primeros 20 participantes que completen su proyecto recibirán un reembolso de $50! El concurso ciera el 30 de Septiembre. Todos los proyectos deben de ser completados y LBWN notificado por esta fecha para seguir su participación en la competición.

Para regístrarse complete este formulario.
Para preguntas, contacte a housing@lbwn.org o llame al 414-944-6007.


$1,000 Home Improvement Matching Grants


Homeowners and property owners living in Silver City, Burnham Park, Layton Park (map) are eligible to apply for matching grants available for owners of all incomes and can be used for exterior repairs that are visible from the sidewalk.

To enroll, please fill out the online application. For questions, please contact Cinthia Hernandez, LBWN Housing Outreach Manager at cinthia@lbwn.org. NOTE: There is a wait list currently for our home improvement matching grant. Please call or email Cinthia for updates, we still encourage you to apply!

Key Components of the Program

  • Applicant must own a property in Silver City, Burnham Park, Layton Park, or Clarke Square
  • Property owners of all incomes are eligible
  • Eligible for exterior repairs visible from the front sidewalk

More Information about our Home Improvement Grants


Targeted Investment Neighborhood (TIN)Silver_City_TIN_Map

Income eligible homeowners living in the Burnham-Layton Targeted Investment Neighborhood (TIN) area (see map to the right) may qualify for a $30,000 partially-forgivable loan for home improvements from the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation.

Up to $15,000 is forgiven after five years provided that it is equally matched with a 0% interest payback or deferred payment loan.  Applicants’ total gross household income bust be at or less than 80% of the Milwaukee County Median Income to qualify.

For landlords, NIDC also offers a rental rehabilitation loan program that offers a $14,999 forgivable loan per unit.

Visit the NIDC website for complete details on the TIN program. If you are interested in applying, please contact housing@lbwn.org or 414.944.6007.

 $1,000 Minor Home Repair Program

Receive a rebate of up to $1,000 for minor home repairs through Housing Resources, Inc!  Eligible projects include roofing, foundation repair and electrical upgrades.  See the flyer for more details.  All applicants must attend a Homeowner Education class and additional eligibility requirements may apply.  To learn more, please contact Tracy Polk of Housing Resources, Inc. at (414) 449-0705 or tracy_polk@hri-wi.org.

Para aprender más sobre el reembolso de $1000 para reparaciones menores del hogar, lea el volante aquí o habla con Consuelo Hernandez en Housing Resources, Inc. at (414) 461-6330 or consuelo_hernandez@hri-wi.org.


Great Midwest Bank Home Improvement Loan

Great Midwest Bank offers loans up to $5,000 at rates as low as 1.99% for exterior and interior improvements you make to your property.

What a better way to install a new furnace, replace that old porch or install new windows? For more details, click on the flyer links: English / Español.

To apply, contact Cyndie Higgins at cyndie.higgins@greatmidwestbank.com or 414.352.3710. En español, contacte a Ana Butschli al ana.butschli@greatmidwestbank.com o 414.282.2800.

The PrivateBank

The PrivateBank is offering up to $10,000 for your home improvements needs with a SMART Home Improvement Loan for a limited time with a fixed loan rate of 4.95% APR and loan terms up to five years!

For more details visit a branch or call 1-877-448-6500 or check out their website at www.theprivatebank.com.

Partially Forgivable Loans for Emergency & Essential Home RepairsStrongNeighborhoodsPlan_logo_COLOR

The City of Milwaukee offers its STRONG Homes Loan Program with 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. Technical assistance will be provided to homeowners under the program to assist with rehabilitation projects.

For more details visit the STRONG Home Loan website.

Energy Efficiency Improvements

There are several resources available to assist you in making energy efficiency improvements to your home that will result in lower monthly utility bills, including:

Me2 – This City of Milwaukee Energy Efficiency program offers low-interest loans and incentives to make it affordable to make energy improvements including insulation, air sealing, replacing a furnace, windows and more! Learn more at www.smartenergypays.com.

Weatherization – This program offers free energy efficiency repairs for income-eligible homeowners. Contact La Casa de Esperanza or the Social Development Commission to learn if you qualify for this resource. Eligible applicants must first apply for Energy Assistance.

Focus on Energy – This program offers free energy saving products such as compact fluorescent light bulbs as well as rebates for homeowners installing qualified energy efficient heating, cooling, and renewable energy equipment. Learn more at www.focusonenergy.com.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewage Department (MMSD) – Save up to 16,000 gallons of water a year over older, less efficient toilets through the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s (MMSD) toilet rebate program, a simple way to conserve money, water, and energy.   The rebate is instant at checkout and available to all MMSD customers while supplies last.  There are two models of 1.28-gallon toilets to select from, commercial grade toilets produced by Zurn. Selections to pick from include a round bowl (regular height) and an elongated bowl (comfort height).  More Info: http://www.mmsd.com/mmsd-news/2016-mmsd-toilet-rebate

No-Cost Home Repairs

Neighborhood Improvement Project (NIP) – This resource offers no-cost home repairs for income-eligible homeowners who have lived in their homes for at least five years.  These repairs focus on code violations and needed health and safety repairs. To learn more and to apply for the program visit the websites of either the Milwaukee Christian Center or Social Development Commission, both of which administer the NIP program.

Revitalize Milwaukee (formerly Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee) – Revitalize Milwaukee offers free home repairs for income-eligible seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. Revitalize Milwaukee focuses on improvements that will allow their clients to remain in their home safely and independently. Revitalize Milwaukee is also a great source for referrals to health, safety, housing and senior resources. Revitalize Milwaukee’s programs can be combined with all other housing and home improvement programs.  Visit the Revitalize Milwaukee website for more information.