The issues of affordable housing and insufficient housing education in Wisconsin were already at a crisis level prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has further affected declining homeownership rates, gaps with property tax foreclosure and an aging housing stock.
Take Root® Wisconsin is a new Statewide Homeownership Network that brings together private-public stakeholders to increase homeownership and help people fix and stay in their homes. The Network is a consortium of community organizations, housing counseling agencies, Realtors, lenders, government leaders, and other groups working to promote sustainable homeownership. As a program within WISCAP, the Network will bring together new stakeholders, promote and develop new resources, implement strategies to dismantle housing discrimination and inequities, and more.