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The former St. Anthony's will be converted into 60 supportive housing units by next October.

Old St. Anthony's Hospital will be converted into supportive apartments

The former St. Anthony's Hospital will be repurposed into 60 permanent supportive housing units by Chicago-based nonprofit Heartland Housing.

The building, at 1004 N. 10th St., erected in 1931 to designs by E. Brielmaier and Sons, has been used as a hospital and a detention center in the past. The hospital became the St. Anthony Family Medical Center in 1987 and closed a year later. Nurses at the hospital founded the St. Ben's Clinic at the church next door in 1980.

The former hospital building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now it will, according to a press release, be renovated into "60 modern apartments, onsite property management and supportive services offices, and new space for partner Capuchin Community Services' health clinic and homeless outreach programs."

The complex will offer onsite services to assist the residents maintain stable housing while working on health, self-sufficiency and other issues.

The project is expected to be complete by October 2018.

"We believe society is better for everyone when all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Affordable housing is the foundation to these achievements," said Michael Goldberg, executive director of Heartland Housing, in a statement. "Heartland Housing is thrilled to be adding a fourth permanent supportive housing development in Milwaukee as part of our efforts to support those who have struggled with homelessness in stabilizing their lives."

"Capuchin Community Services has been serving the poor, the hungry, and the homeless for nearly 50 years," added Brother Rob Roemer, ministry director of Capuchin of Capuchin Community Services.

"These apartments will be a great opportunity for Capuchin Community Services to expand our outreach to the hungry and homeless of Downtown Milwaukee. By providing permanent supportive housing to those who would otherwise be homeless, self-sufficiency will become more than a dream."

The project will be financed with low income housing tax credits and federal and state historic preservation tax credits. Other development partners include the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee, along with funding partners Enterprise Community Investment, US Bank, Zilber Family Foundation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Capuchin Community Services.

Heartland Housing has worked on three other developments in the city since 2008, including Maskani Place, 320 E. Center St., Capuchin Apartments, 2502 W. Tamarack St., and Prairie Apartments, 1218 W. Highland Ave.

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