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    WHEDA Stories is a collection of articles highlighting the positive impact WHEDA has had on the people and places across Wisconsin throughout our 45+ years. 

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    Growing Dairy

    For many dairy farmers, the practice of a long-loved Wisconsin tradition is rooted in a bloodline that spans for several generations...

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    A SEED for Wisconsin's Future

    In September of 1984, when the warm summer months began growing cooler, Mr. Richard Hecht found his company, Stuart Manufacturing, tumbling into a despairing situation...

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    A Welford Legacy in Lofts

    For blighted neighborhoods, the revitalization of community often relies on more than simply affordable housing. 

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    Traversing Forward with The Open Gate

    The WHEDA Foundation Housing Grant program, launched in 1985, sought to extend WHEDA’s housing mission even further...

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    Action towards Accessibility at Twin Oaks Shelter

    Beginning in the early 2000s, many residents of Darien, a small town in Walworth county, found themselves in an increasingly difficult economic situation...

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    Trinity Pines and WHEDA

    Playing their weekly game of 500 rummy, a group of residents sit around the table exchanging stories, engaging in conversation, and enjoying one another’s company in the community space...          

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    A Dream Fulfilled: The New Bronzeville

    Cut through, but not forgotten, the citizens of Bronzeville found themselves severed by the construction of two Milwaukee highways which paved through the center of their community...

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    Securing a HOME for Wisconsin Living

    The health of the Wisconsin housing market relies on finding new opportunities in the form of first-time home buyers...

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    A Bountiful CROP of Wisconsin Farmers

    In the late 1970’s, Wisconsin agriculture experienced unprecedented profits due to increasing exports and production...

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    Realizing Homeownership at any Age

    In 2016, Fort Atkinson was welcoming to a pair of home buyers scouring the market for their new happy home...

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    A Holiday Carol with the Moore Family

    As the leaves changed their colors, and cold nipped the air,
    a new happy family paid no mind, nor did care...

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    Lindsay Heights

    Before freeways replaced houses, and the unrest of the 1960s drove residents and businesses out of Lindsay Heights, the 30-block area on the north side of Milwaukee, named after community activist Bernice Lindsay, was a thriving working-class neighborhood. After 30 years of blight and deterioration...

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    Global Water Center

    In 2011, 98,000 square feet of abandoned warehouse in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood stood with no purpose other than to collect the dirt and grime of the city. That all changed when 25 companies focusing on water technology decided to call this old seven-story building home...

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    Accessing Capital to Break Down Barriers

    Over the years, WHEDA has adapted to the changing needs of home buyers. As a result, it continues to be a great choice for first-time home buyers...

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    A Marathon in Affordable Housing

    In a marathon, the finish line can seem impossibly far away, its distance way beyond any attainable reach. But with each step, each breath, and each thought, an inch is gained towards the finish line. The race to provide affordable housing for all those in need is a similar marathon. It can’t be completed overnight, but instead is won with incremental success and performance throughout years of dedication...

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    DEER Program

    In 1985, WHEDA launched the Demonstration of Energy Efficient Rehabilitation (DEER) program...

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    Wisconsin experienced one of the most severe droughts in the state’s recorded history in 1988. All 72 Wisconsin counties were inspected and declared drought disaster areas...

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    Together, Overcoming Crisis

    Across Wisconsin’s life-span, periods of economic recession have swept across its landscape. Businesses, homes, communities, and counties all feel the widespread devastation which these times can bring. However, all of them recognize that the road to recovery is not built by acting alone. Instead, like a family, it relies on cooperation with neighbors, friends, and helpers...

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    Within Reach: Accessible Housing and CHAP

    Modern society benefits from the Americans with Disabilities Act in the simplest of forms, such as curb cuts, crosswalk indicators, or building ramps. These accommodations may seem insignificant to the able-bodied, but to persons with a disability, their lack of implementation can be extremely preventative in everyday life tasks...

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    HouseKey Wisconsin

    In September 2001, WHEDA launched HouseKey, an online service for customers to begin the home loan process, becoming the first housing authority in the nation to offer such a service...


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    WHEDA From Its First Seeds

    As WHEDA has breathed life into Wisconsin communities, to ignore WHEDA’s own conception as an institution in 1972 would be a gross denial of its incredible history. Beginning as WHFA, or the Wisconsin Housing Finance Authority...

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    Boberg and the Beginning Farmer Bonds

    Surrounded by grueling factory work day in and day out, Dean Boberg envied the lifestyle of his cousin and brother, two Wisconsin farm owners. They set their own hours. They were their own bosses. Meanwhile, Dean was forced to the tedious workspace of an enclosed, industrial occupation. After five years of this, Boberg decided he had finally had enough. After speaking to his wife, Stacy, for support, the Bobergs decided that it was time to fly the coop and take their work lives into their own hands...

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