Field Hearing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: "Addressing Milwaukee Housing Inequality"
WISCONSIN – On Monday, April 11, 2002, the U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth – Chaired by Rep. Jim Himes (CT-04) – traveled to the State of Wisconsin to conduct a series of field events in Kenosha and Milwaukee focusing on higher education, affordable housing, and community workforce development.
Led by Ranking Member Rep. Bryan Steil (WI-01) and Select Committee Member Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), the bipartisan congressional delegation had an opportunity to hear directly from local experts and community leaders about the pressing economic issues facing the region, as well as examine practical approaches to prepare workers for the rapidly changing economy, assist them in finding family-sustaining jobs, and help them secure safe and stable affordable housing.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Tuesday’s field events took place in Milwaukee and began with a bus tour through select neighborhoods, spotlighting deindustrialization, racial inequities, botched urban renewal efforts, and current work underway to revitalize neighborhoods. The tour departed from the Pfister Hotel at 8:30am CT and was followed by a field hearing at noon CT at the Milwaukee Public Library where experts provided historical context about the housing challenges in Milwaukee, especially for communities of color, and highlighted programs that are making a difference for residents. Immediately following the hearing, Select Committee Members held a public Q&A session with local community stakeholders for roughly 30 minutes.
- Chairman Jim Himes (CT-04)
- Ranking Member Congressman Bryan Steil (WI-01)
- Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04)
- Community Members and Local Civic Leaders
- Wyman Winston, Former Executive Director, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
- Dr. Anne Bonds, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Written Statement)
- Mr. John Johnson, Research Fellow in the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education at the Marquette University School of Law (Written Statement)
- Ms. Sakuri Fears, Senior Program Officer at LISC Milwaukee (Written Statement)
- Ms. Trena Bond, Executive Director of Housing Resources Inc (Written Statement)
- Mr. Shaun Luehring, President and CEO at LUMIN Schools (Written Statement)