19 June 2014

Meet Board Member Kori Schneider Peragine

Ms. Schneider Peragine is the Senior Administrator of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council’s (MMFHC) Inclusive Communities Program.  She has been employed with MMFHC since 1998. She has a Masters Degree of Urban Planning and a Masters Degree of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  Ms. Schneider Peragine’s knowledge of local, state and federal housing policies, their effects on regional housing markets, and resulting disparities has assisted her in developing Fair Housing plans for seven Wisconsin entitlement communities and Memphis, TN.  Her experience has led her to serve on the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission’s Advisory Committee for the Regional Housing Study as well as the City of Milwaukee’s Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee.  Additionally, her collaboration with several Milwaukee area social justice and legal organizations has led to a recent HUD Fair Housing Complaint against Waukesha County, Wisconsin for discrimination based on race and ethnicity.  Kori lives in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood with her husband and three daughters.

09 June 2014

Meet Board Member Bill Perkins

I Chair the Program Committee of Community First.

I consult on affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization through Bill Perkins, Community Building Consulting, LLC.  I retired in March 2013 after 28 years as Executive Director of The Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development, which I founded in 1985.  Since then, I have organized and staffed on a volunteer basis a new statewide housing coalition of nonprofit organizations, local governments and public agencies, and private businesses known as Housing Wisconsin.

The Partnership is a private nonprofit corporation created to build strong neighborhoods and expand housing options for low and moderate income people through housing production, technical assistance and consulting, innovation and development finance, and creation of local housing partnerships.  By 2013, through programs and projects created, managed, or funded, the Partnership had helped more than 19,000 households live in decent, affordable homes.

Before founding the Wisconsin Partnership, I directed policy and program development from 1977 to 1985 in the Wisconsin Division of Housing and was Administrator of the Division for four years.  I co-founded the Community Resources Group in 1970, a private consulting firm that worked in neighborhoods throughout New England to prevent displacement of lower income residents and promote long-term residency.  Previously, I directed housing and neighborhood initiatives in the Community Development Office of the City of Cambridge, MA.

I live in Madison but have worked on housing and neighborhoods in Milwaukee since 1977.  When I'm not working on housing, I design and make furniture.  

04 June 2013

'Burgers and Birdhouses: Be a Part of Community First'

Thanks to everyone for coming out to support us at Community First's first fundraising event ever!  A special thanks to the Milwaukee Public Market and to all donors that helped make the night possible!

24 May 2013

Raffle Items Update for "Burgers and Birdhouses" Event

"Burgers and Birdhouses: Be a Part of Community First" is only 6 days away! If you haven't placed your ticket order already, there is still plenty of time. Reminder: tickets are $20 in advance and $25 dollars at the door. In addition to great food and drinks, live entertainment and birdhouse decorating, there will also be a traditional raffle and a 50/50 raffle! Below are just a few of the items that have been graciously donated from businesses throughout the greater Milwaukee Area. Harley-Davidson Museum Tickets (2) Lakefront Brewery 6-Pack MKE Brewing Co. MKE Ale House Gift Certificate MKE Distillery Bottle of Liquor Milwaukee Public Museum Tickets (2) Discovery World Tickets (4) Betty Brinn Tickets (4) Lela Personal Shopping Experience Beijo Lady's Handbag Amy Richardsons Photography Photo Shoot at Location of Choice Casablanca Lunch Buffet (2) El Mito Gift Certificate Nickerson Family Boat Ride on Lake Michigan with Complimentary Beverages Local Artist 3-Piece Set of Handmade Lady's Jewelry Community First, Inc. would like to extend a special "thank you" to Miller Baking Company for their commitment to donating 120 of their famous pretzel buns to the event!

12 May 2013

Fondy Farmers Market

Spring time is here, and so is the Fondy Farmers Market! Come for Wisconsin-grown vegetable and flower starter plants. SNAP/Quest cards can be used to buy vegetable starter plants (but sorry, not flowers).  The market is located right in our neighborhood at 2200 W Fond du Lac Avenue.  Check out their site for hours, dates, and details.  http://www.fondymarket.org/market

15 April 2013

Home Construction and Rehabilitation in our Backyard: Habitat for Humanity Focuses on the Washington Park Neighborhood

We're thrilled to have Habitat for Humanity investing in housing and community development in our very own Washington Park neighborhood!

"Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity this year plans to build 15 new houses and help at least 30 homeowners with major home repair projects in the city’s Washington Park neighborhood.
The 15 new houses would be built on vacant, foreclosed lots Habitat plans to buy from the city of Milwaukee for $1 apiece. The lots are in the area from West Walnut Street to West Vliet Street, bordered by North 32nd and North 34th streets. The nonprofit organization has committed to centering its projects in the Washington Park area for the next three to five years, said executive director Brian Sonderman..."