Revitalize Milwaukee: RFP now open for neighborhoods to co-host annual block build

Milwaukee, WI, November 18, 2022 – Every year, Revitalize Milwaukee (RM) selects a neighborhood to be the focus of their Block Build MKE event in August. This year, RM is seeking interested neighborhood representatives to interview for a chance to bring Block Build MKE 2023 on August 19, 2023, to their neighborhood.

This collaboration will provide powerful and proactive planning to improve the quality of life for neighborhood residents. Please note this is not a request for individuals needing home repairs to apply, but instead a request for groups interested in co-hosting the event and participating in the 8-month planning and coordination to make the event happen in their neighborhood.

Revitalize Milwaukee is a local nonprofit that provides free home repairs to low-income homeowners. Block Build is their annual event where 20+ homes receive repairs in one weekend with the help of local businesses and volunteers.

Examples of repairs include porch rebuilds, updated plumbing and electrical, shower conversions, and accessibility modifications like handrails and grab bars, and beautification projects like painting and landscaping.

KEY POINTS & INFORMATION:
 NEW THIS YEAR! No RFP application to complete.
 Virtual interviews with neighborhood representatives will take place. Email [email protected]
 Those representing the community can include resident groups, local businesses, hospitals, schools, or neighborhood associations.
 Virtual Q&A will be held on November 28 from 3-4 pm.
 Interviews will take place on December 2, 2022.
 The chosen neighborhood will be selected on December 30, 2022.

Ideal neighborhoods will have 20-30 homes within a six-block area that meet the eligibility criteria, ample parking around the selected area, high levels of community engagement by local businesses and neighbors, and a group of 4-6 neighborhood representatives who will help with planning and outreach starting January 2023.

Revitalize Milwaukee’s mission is to stabilize neighborhoods by providing free home repairs to low-income homeowners. Since 2000, RM has completed critical home repairs on more than 3,260 homes with the help of over 24,000 hours of volunteer time and invested over 24 million dollars into Milwaukee-area housing. Join us in changing the lives of countless low-income homeowners. For more information or to get involved, contact CEO Lynnea Katz-Petted at 414-704-1581 or visit www.freehomerepairs.org.