2015 Bright Idea
City of Milwaukee, WI
Innovations in American Government Awards

Milwaukee’s Housing Authority developed the Education Initiative in response to reports of poor school attendance and academic achievement rates in the city. Using housing as a platform, the program works with low-income families to ensure that children improve their attendance and graduate. In its mission to develop family and personal self-sufficiency, the Housing Authority uses lease addendums in select public housing developments so that all residents agree to a number of provisions, including agreeing to participate in the Education Initiative program as part of their lease.