What is a healthy neighborhood? 


It’s a place where people know each other and care about one another. People living side by side, having backyard barbeques, sitting on the front porch, attending church, bringing their kids to school. It’s a place where people are willing to work together and invest their time, money and energy. Essentially, it is a place where people would really like to live and work and raise a family.

The Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative is a public-private partnership, spearheaded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the city of Milwaukee, which aims to make these characteristics ring true in city neighborhoods. 

Learn about the Foundation’s strategies for strengthening area neighborhoods and the organizations and partners engaged in the work through our Neighborhood Impact Report.



The lead agencies and the corresponding neighborhoods are:

Agape Community Center

  • Thurston Woods
  • Old North Milwaukee

Albright Methodist Church

  • Capitol Heights

Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation

  • Havenwoods

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors

  • Silver City
  • Burnham Park
  • Layton Park

Riverworks Development Corporation

  • Harambee
  • Riverwest

Sherman Park Community Association

  • Sherman Park

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center

  • Kinickinnic River Neighborhoods

UW Extension Waukesha

  • Dunbar Oak
  • Tower Hill

Learn More

russell1-web.jpgContact Senior Program Officer Darlene C. Russell to learn how this initiative is improving the area.