Through a capital campaign, Guest House of Milwaukee has raised $2.2 million in gifts toward its plans for a three-story addition as well as renovation of an existing facility. The construction project — its first since 1991 — will allow the agency to increase space for its shelter, counseling center, and administrative offices, as well as build a commercial kitchen, food storage, and donation area. As a result of the project, Guest House of Milwaukee also will hire at least two additional full-time employees.
Since many gifts are pledges, Guest House required an IFF bridge loan of $1.2 million to begin construction. Additionally, IFF is refinancing the agency’s existing mortgage at a lower rate, saving the agency $5,000 annually in debt service expense and helping to cover interest expense on the bridge loan.
In addition to providing emergency shelter and transitional housing to adult men experiencing homelessness, Guest House of Milwaukee brings supportive services to over 330 units of scattered-site housing throughout the city. The agency offers substance abuse and mental health treatment through its on-site counseling clinic. Educational seminars, job training, and mentoring services also are available. Guest House owns and operates the Cream City Gardens, which provides job training for guests and produces fresh fruits and vegetables.