Shelli Lawler Announcements, Employment, Housing Leave a Comment

Common Wealth Development is seeking a motivated, energetic Housing Specialist to assist our team in the management of 146 affordable housing units on Madison’s east and west side.  This position involves marketing and leasing, administrative support, and tenant relations. Applicants should have strong administrative and organizational skills. This is a full-time position at 40 hours/week. Pay is $37,000-$42,000, depending on experience, with full benefits. Requirements: Excellent organization skills and attention to detail, ability to work in a fast-paced environment, ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines, handle multiple responsibilities at once, and work effectively both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team Experience working with people from low-income homes and racially diverse backgrounds Ability to develop …

Congratulations, Diane!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Housing, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Congratulations to Diane Eddings on her new position with the Bayview Foundation as their new Housing Manager! Please join us in celebrating this great opportunity for Diane to continue her service to Madison and Dane County. Bayview is going through a transition and is working through their options for their path forward.  There is no person that we know of who is better qualified to guide them through this period than Diane Eddings. Common Wealth Development is proud to have one of our own in this leadership position. In her 20 years of service to Common Wealth Development, Diane has worked in numerous roles within the company.  First, as a Youth Employment Counselor and Coordinator, then in many roles in …

Promoting Successful Rental Living: a Two-Way Street

Karen Bednar Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Project, Events, Housing, Uncategorized 1 Comment

Last Wednesday evening, renters and landlords gathered at the Meadowridge Library Community Room for a neighborhood forum for getting honest answers on successful renting, as well as a sponsored meal together and raffle drawings. The forum was designed and implemented by the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI), an initiative with the Madison Police Department and Common Wealth Development that supports community-level health approaches to city-wide violence prevention efforts, and includes bolstering community cohesion through positive neighborhood events. The event was led by Stephanie Bradley Wilson, the Byrne advisory team, and other committed volunteers. Housing Mangers of Common Wealth and Meridian Group Inc., served on the discussion panel and highlighted, “The best thing for the landlord is for you to stay.” …

Nestor Bacque, Common Wealth affordable housing tenant

Affordable housing tenant profile: Nestor Bacque

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Originally from Salto, Uruguay near the Argentinian border, Nestor Bacque moved to Madison in 2005. He has made his home here ever since, working jobs in agriculture, at a grocery store, and now at a car dealership in Madison. He moved into a Common Wealth apartment in August 2012. “Common Wealth is a great organization,” he reflected on his front porch on Williamson Street. “I love my location. Every time when I tell people where I live, they’re like, ‘Wow, man, you have a nice spot.’ I cannot say anything more than nice things about Common Wealth because every time I need them, they were here for me.” When he first began his housing search, he knew he wanted to be …

Keith Lepinski and Jessie Light, MACLT home owners

MACLT helps Common Wealth residents move from rental to home ownership

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“I can finally get out on my own side of the bed,” reflects Keith Lepinski. He and his wife, Jessie Light, closed on their first home in the Rolling Meadows neighborhood on Madison’s east side on June 1 with the help of Madison Area Community Land Trust (MACLT). MACLT is an affiliated organization with Common Wealth and the two share office space on Williamson Street. Previously, they spent four years in a Common Wealth affordable housing rental on Williamson Street. Keith and Jessie’s move from a 1-bedroom apartment to a 3-bedroom house allows them to do more than just build equity. They are both now able to pursue a multitude of hobbies. For Keith, that means building furniture, painting and …