Repurposed St. Anthony’s to open 60 units of supportive housing, community space

This fall marked an important step forward in ending chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County. We celebrated St. Anthony’s repurposing ceremony at St. Benedict the Moore’s Parish.  

Joined by Heartland Housing, Capuchin Community Services and other community partners, Milwaukee County proudly announced that the former St. Anthony’s Hospital at 1004 N. 10th St. will be renovated into 60 units of permanent supportive housing. 

Milwaukee County was heavily involved in moving the project forward. The county provided a $1.8 million grant to the project, after selling the property to Heartland Housing. County funding was critical because affordable housing developments are difficult to finance and typically need multiple partners. 

The building was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places for its place in Milwaukee’s African American history. The repurposed St. Anthony’s is set to open in October of 2018. It will serve individuals who have either experienced homelessness or were at risk of homelessness.  

“We believe society is better for everyone when all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential,” said Heartland Housing Executive Director Michael Goldberg. “Affordable housing is the foundation to these achievements.” 

When Milwaukee County first considered the sale of St. Anthony’s in 2014, it was estimated that demolition of the building would cost $1.8 million. Instead of tearing it down, the county saw value in investing the funds into the repurposing project, which serves a greater public purpose. 

In addition to 60 units of housing, the building will feature a community meeting room, a cafeteria and office space for the House of Correction’s Day Reporting Center. All five stories will be dedicated to community-based, participant-focused solutions aimed at ending poverty. 

The project will be financed with multiple sources, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits and federal and state historic preservation tax credits. Other lead partners in the development include the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the City of Milwaukee, Enterprise Community Investment, US Bank, Zilber Family Foundation, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.