Community Resources

The below resources are available to Near West Side community members facing immediate insecurities in terms of food, housing, or other basic necessities.

Community Support Services

  • IMPACT 211
    24/7 assistance and information on a wide variety of non-emergency family, financial, health and social service issues.
    Phone: 211

  • Near West Side Homeless Intervention Team
    Coordinates efforts to support the health and welfare of the community and establishes pathways to permanent quality housing for all residents. Led by the Near West Side Community Prosecutor, the Homeless Intervention Team use a collaborative, multi-sector approach that aims to create a healthy and safe environment for everyone by focusing on outreach, engagement, and community connections for long-term, sustainable results.
    Jesica Ballenger
    Community Prosecutor – Near West Side
    Milwaukee District Attorney's Office
    (414) 232-6630
  • Near West Side Partners
    Resources and programs around economic development, housing, unified neighborhood identity and greater safety for residents and businesses.
    (414) 933-0640

Safety and Law Enforcement

Food Services

Housing and Rental Assistance

  • Community Advocates provides access to emergency services for residents including housing, energy and rent assistance, and family services.
  • Near West Side Partners' Good Neighbor Designation provides a list of well-maintained rental properties with reputable landlords.

Emergency Shelters

211 provides a search tool for homeless shelters by county and city. Homeless shelters in or close to the Near West Side include:

  • Rescue Mission
    830 N. 19th Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53233
  • Guest House
    1216 N. 13th Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53205
    (414) 345-3240
  • Joy House
    830 N. 19th Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53233
  • Casa Maria
    1131 N. 21st Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53233

Personal Safety and Domestic Violence

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

Mental Health

  • Times of crisis often take an emotional toll on individuals. Those experiencing anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions can locate professional mental health services available in Milwaukee through Mental Health America of Wisconsin.

Business Resources

  • The Near West Side Safety Working Team developed the Small Business Safety Guide to help small businesses implement best practices to improve safety and security of their properties and the neighborhood. The guide shares commonly accepted best practices to address security challenges, and includes a reference section, which businesses may use for further advice on particular security and safety situations.
  • Milwaukee Police Department Hot Spot sheets are available to report criminal or nuisance activities.