Quick Updates & Invitations! Transit, Community Conversations, Game Changer Grants

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Updates

Thanks to UEDA for sharing their newsletter which has information about a number of events that you may want to attend or share with others. To highlight a couple of events of interest occurring this week:

  • The public is invited to attend one of two upcoming design kick-off meetings to preview proposed design plans for the East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and provide input! Meetings are this week – see below for details

  • The Fair Housing Council is convening a forum on June 8th (8am-Noon) at Independence First (540 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI 53204) to talk about hate crimes and harassment in communities, particularly related to housing. More detail below-

Quick Updates & Invitations! Transit, Community Conversations, Game Changer Grants

By Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin

Transit Update

East/West Bus Rapid Transit Public Preview & Input Sessions
The public is invited to attend one of two upcoming design kick-off meetings to preview proposed design plans for the East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and provide input!

Information will be available on: Recommended BRT lane configurations; Proposed station locations and designs; Traffic and parking considerations; Safety considerations; and Project costs and schedule.

TWO MEETING OPTIONS:

  • Wednesday, June 7 from 5–7pm
Marquette University High School, 3306 W. Michigan Street

  • Thursday, June 8 from 5–7pm
Zoofari Conference Center, 9715 W. Bluemound Road

Learn more about the project at www.EastWestBRT.com


Changes to MCTS ‘GO Pass’ Program

Milwaukee County and MCTS worked with riders and advocates to make changes to their GO Pass program. The following significant changes go into effect in June, 2017:

  • New eligibility requirements to participate (listed below)
Effective June 12, 2017 for current GO Pass users

  • $1/day fare for eligible GO Pass riders
Effective June 26, 2017

  • Location change of program administration (where new/replacement cards are issued)
Effective June 26, 2017

New Eligibility Requirements
The most significant change to GO Pass program is the elimination of free rides offered to qualified pass holder. However, individuals that are over the age of 65 and currently receiving Medicaid or FoodShare benefits, OR under 65 and receiving Social Security income or have a veterans disability will qualify for discounted rides. For more detailed information on changes to the program and new eligibility requirements, visit the MCTC GO Pass webpage.


Vision 2050 Final Plan Available

VISION 2050 is Southeastern Wisconsin’s long-range land use and transportation plan, produced by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Developed over three years, VISION 2050 establishes an advisory long-range vision for how the seven-county Region can build on its existing strengths, increase the quality of life for residents, and attract new growth.

For an overview of outcomes, challenges and key recommendations shared in the full report, view this Fact Sheet.
A Plan Summary and Final Report are available on the Vision 2050 website. If you are interested in receiving a hard copy of the plan summary, contact UEDA at 414–562–9904.


Hate at Home:

A Community Conversation

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council is convening a forum on June 8th (8am-Noon) at Independence First (540 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI 53204) to talk about hate crimes and harassment in communities, particularly related to housing.

What to Expect:
Over the course of the morning, you will hear from two panels, with time for Q&A. William R. Tisdale, President and CEO of the Fair Housing Council, and Carla Wertheim, Fair Housing Council Executive Vice President, will start the morning with a welcome and an introduction to how hate and harassment impact housing rights.

  • Panel 1: Law Enforcement Response to Hate Crimes in our Communities: Resources and Remedies
Supervisory Special Agent Clayton Wible, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Captain Heather Wurth, Milwaukee Police Department
Attorney Katherine L. Charlton, moderator

  • Panel 2: Voices from the Community
Karen Gotzler, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
Elana Kahn-Oren, Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Janan Najeeb,Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
Christine Neumann-Ortiz & Mario Ramirez, Voces de la Frontera
Tiffany Payne, IndependenceFirst
Tomi Vandergriff, International Institute of Wisconsin

  • Closing: Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Richard Sankovitz will help summarize conversation and envision next steps.

RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/5K8Jjozc9jpgyT3J3

Questions? Contact Felita Daniels Ashley at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council at 414–278–1240, or fdash@fairhousingwisconsin.com


Deadline Extended!

Game Changer Grants

Forward Community Investments has extended the application deadline for their Game Changer Grants to Monday, June 12 (12pm CST)!

Simple Application Process:

  • Create a short video (cell phone quality) explaining how your programs, projects or initiatives are addressing racial inequities

  • Completion a ‘short form’ your organizations basic background information

Awards are $3000 and will be granted each month throughout the remainder of 2017.

For more information, check out the overview of the Game Changer Grants or visit the FCI’s Forward Giving Program webpage. If you have any questions please email grants@forwardci.org.

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