2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
City of Milwaukee, WI
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
Wisconsin

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.