Burgers and Birdhouses with Community First
Community First Hosts Burgers and Birdhouses Event
Event will raise funds to keep Milwaukee’s residents in their own homes
[MILWAUKEE, WI, APRIL 23, 2013] – Community First will host a first-ever Burgers and Birdhouses event on Thursday, May 30 from 6-9 p.m. at The Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water Street in Milwaukee. Cost per person is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Proceeds will be used to continue the organization’s life-changing work of providing significant home repairs to Milwaukee’s low and moderate-income families in order to preserve homeownership and prevent foreclosure.
The event will feature the music of Milwaukee’s own Deadbug Jazz Trio, gourmet burgers and beverages, raffle prizes, and decorate-your-own birdhouses thanks to the help of Community First’s skilled contractors. Ms. Carolyn Simmons, a recipient of the organization’s services and Dwight Hughes of Superior Home Improvement, a trusted contractor of CF, will share their stories of the impact the organization has on their life.
“I’m excited to host our first event,” said Community First Executive Director, Rafael Garcia. “We hope to share our message and mission with more people in our community, resulting in more support for the work we are doing for our city’s families. Sure, we’re eliminating health and safety hazards and correcting code violations, but what that really means is we are giving families security in their own homes. Security that they can stay and live in the home where they raise their children, cook Sunday dinners together, and make lasting memories. That is what our work means to me.”
CF offers vital services to the neighborhoods that it serves by managing the rehabilitation projects and ensures that families are provided professional, insured, licensed and timely contractor services. What is unique to the NIP program is that all of these services are provided at no cost to the family. It is administered as a five-year forgivable loan. There are very few home repair resources in the city of Milwaukee that provide substantial repairs such as roofing, mechanical work, lead abatement and other costly home repairs.
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Unique to CF, the staff works directly with the family to develop a scope of work. The goal of CF is to transform neighborhoods through substantial home repair, integrate quality of life improvements and enhance the curb appeal of the neighborhood. This transformation begins with the family. By providing important resources for these families, CF is helping preserve homeownership and prevent foreclosure.
To purchase tickets contact CF Board Member Pastor Willie Davis at 414-530-6146. To learn more about Community First, visit www.cfmke.org or call 414-377-4481.
About Community First
Community First is a dynamic organization in Milwaukee supporting our community by providing low- and moderate-income homeowners with substantial home repairs to bring the housing stock up to code to beautify the neighborhoods we work in and improve the quality of life.
Community First is a “spin off” of the YMCA - Community Development Center (CDC). The YMCA CDC was established in 1992 to provide education, employment, economic development, community organizing and housing programs to help improve neighborhoods surrounding its urban branches.
From 2004, the YMCA CDC housing program served 133 families with substantial home repairs through the City of Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP). The NIP program provides up to $25,000 in property repairs through forgivable loans to low and moderate income homeowners. Repairs are intended to correct code violations, remove health and safety hazards, improve curb appeal, and preserve homeownership.
In 2011, Community First was established as a new nonprofit organization to administer housing rehabilitation programs, funded largely by Milwaukee’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home funds. The founding of this new organization allows for increased autonomy, innovation, fundraising opportunities, and increases the percentage of financial resources dedicated to affordable housing.