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Photo Essay: Under construction with Habitat for Humanity

One hundred volunteers from Komatsu joined Lavitta Moore to raise the walls of her very first home on the 2100 block of North 31st.

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity offers affordable mortgages, ensuring low to moderate income families are not paying more than 30% of their income on housing. Often times, our homeowners would not qualify for traditional mortgages through for profit lenders.

The majority of poor renting families in Milwaukee spend over half of their income on housing. Matthew Desmond documented in his book “Evicted” that one in four pays over 70% in rent and utilities.

Milwaukee Habitat has served more than 1,000 families in the Greater Milwaukee community through new construction, rehab and repair programs and provided housing solutions for more than 1,800 families in developing countries.

As part of our Neighborhood Revitalization strategy in the Washington Park neighborhood, crime has decreased by 48% on the blocks where Habitat homes have been built. Over 220 Habitat families now reside in the neighborhood.

Habitat homeowners complete upwards of 300 hours building their dwelling and the homes of their neighbors, and these images capture a portion of that process.

About The Author

Lee Matz

Former Creative Director and Photojournalist for the Milwaukee Business Journal, Lee brings his years of international experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Europe, with a background in publishing, advertising, and design, to the Milwaukee Independent. His list of awards include three consecutive top honors from the Milwaukee Press Club. Lee proudly uses MCTS as his exclusive mode of transportation, other than walking, for all the news stories he reports about in Milwaukee.

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