This former convent is home to a unique housing nonprofit

This former convent is home to a unique housing nonprofit

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It would be a shame to let a perfectly good convent go waste.

This week on Urban Spelunking, we visit the former St. Michaels convent on 24th and Vliet Street, now home to ACTS Housing.

Founded in 1995, ACTS Housing helps people with barriers to home ownership “by providing counseling, expertise in rehab, real estate brokerage services, loans and other services,” writes OnMilwaukee’s Bobby Tanzilo.

For the last six years, the nonprofit has been located inside the 1885 convent and has kept most of the original details intact.

Inside, you can see lots of original craftsmanship such as colorful stained glass windows, wood floors and heavy door hinges. Even the Mother Superior’s former office is still in use by ACTS’ chief development and marketing officer.

Learn about the building’s past, plus more about the work ACTS Housing does in this week’s podcast below. And visit OnMilwaukee for more pictures inside the former convent.

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