Six buildings on the historic Milwaukee Soldiers Home campus have been restored as housing for veterans and their families, marking the completion of a decade-long project.
Rehabilitated by The Alexander Co., the buildings offer 101 permanent supportive housing units for veterans who were homeless or at risk of homelessness.
“This incredible preservation success demonstrates the benefits of historic restoration and what can be achieved through a successful public-private partnership,” said Joe Alexander, president of The Alexander Company. “It serves as proof that strategic partnerships, visionary leadership, and creative funding cannot just save buildings but tackle homelessness, ignite a community, and serve as a national model.”
Established in 1867 after the Civil War, the Milwaukee Soldiers Home is one of three original Soldiers Homes in the country, with some of the oldest and most historic buildings in the Veterans Affairs (VA) system. It is one of only 43 national historic landmarks in Wisconsin and one of Wisconsin’s most historic assets. However, after years of service housing veterans, buildings on the Soldiers Home campus were vacated more than 30 years ago and subsequently fell into disrepair.
This article was originally published in Affordable Housing Finance Magazine.