This summer, Near West Side Partners will be hosting a weekly webinar series on Facebook Live each Friday at 2:00 p.m. This week’s webinar was hosted by NWSP’s own Britney Roberson, who was joined by Diane De La Santos and Pamela Smith from City on a Hill.

City on a Hill is a faith-based nonprofit organization located in the Near West Side on N. 22nd Street and Kilbourn Avenue. This organization strives to reduce poverty, strengthen families, and foster racial reconciliation. City on a Hill also provides training to help the wider community understand the causes of poverty, what role race plays in poverty, and how the community can be a part of the solution.

Click above to access City on a Hill’s Youtube Video

City on a Hill offers a workshop called “Removing Racial Residue” that aims to help participants introspect and reflect on their experiences of racial tensions and brainstorm practical solutions on what steps can be taken to speak up about racial tensions in our communities and change the way racial tensions are institutionalized in our everyday organizations. Ms. Smith describes this workshop as “experiential and participatory” and explained that “it’s important for this [training] to first change our hearts and minds, but if it doesn’t change our organizations and our institutions, nothing changes.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, City on a Hill is experimenting with a virtual form of the workshop that will take place over Zoom. If you are interested in partaking in this training or would like to know more about City on a Hill, you can:

Call City on a Hill at 414-931-6670
Email Ms. De La Santos at
Visit City on a Hill’s website

Britney was also joined by Ken Barbeau from the City of Milwaukee Housing Authority. Mr. Barbeau shared with viewers that for the first time since 2015, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) will open the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Lottery starting June 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. through Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. During this time, HACM will accept online pre-applications here to be included in a lottery for the waiting list.

Special thanks to Diane De La Santos, Pamela Smith, and Ken Barbeau for joining Near West Side Partners’ weekly webinar series and to watch the full interview, please visit our Facebook page here.

Be sure to tune into the weekly Facebook Live webinars on Fridays at 2:00 p.m. for the next two weeks and Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. for the rest of the summer starting July 10th!

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