We are here to unify Kenosha, heal the racial divide, and engage people in Kenosha to love the place that we call home as we reconcile, rebuild, heal and bring hope to those who need it most. The City of Kenosha is healing and working to rebuild after a series of tragic events swept through our community. The Jacob Blake shooting and the riots that followed deeply hurt people, neighborhoods, and businesses. We are hosting a series of listening sessions in September and October. During the listening sessions, you will have the chance to share how these tragic events impacted you and what the City of Kenosha and our residents can do to bring about healing and positive change. Your input will shape the city’s Commit to Action Roadmap and the steps we will take to heal, unify and rebuild our community.
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Community Listening Sessions:
September 20, 2020 at Journey Church
We are at capacity for in-person participation, but stream is live at 2 pm on Instagram
(PHOTO: The DeBerge sisters standing alongside their family store, DeBerge's Framing and Gallery, located off 63rd St. in Kenosha, Wisconsin)
Bound together by calls for peace, justice, unity and resilience, small business owners in Kenosha’s Uptown neighborhood are standing resolute.
The owners are determined to recover from the damages caused by violence and looting in the aftermath of the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer.
One night after the shooting, someone broke the front window and glass door of DeBerge’s Framing and Gallery at 2008 63rd St.
“They stole jewelry and handbags and started the scarf rack on fire inside the store,” said co-owner Barb DeBerge-Henken, “A Good Samaritan came by and pulled it out and stamped it out. Had that not happened, the whole building would have gone up in flames.”
When the Deberges came to work the following morning, they boarded up the windows and reopened their business, which has been a staple of Kenosha’s Uptown neighborhood since Barb's great-grandfather opened the shop in 1890.
Even though the neighborhood “looks like a warzone,” Barb remains optimistic about her family’s business.
“People have been coming in to show their support,” she said.
Like many Uptown businesses, Sir Claude’s Barber & Beauty Salon at 2327 63rd St. also has been boarded up since the chaos began.
Still, owner Claude Hamilton Jr. remains undaunted.
“Kenosha has pulled together. Everybody's been coming out to the little picnic gatherings and stuff like that,” Hamilton said. “Everybody (is) coming together, as we've been doing. And just grow in all our businesses, you know what I'm saying? It's like a little family up here. So, that's my hope for it, is we keep it strong. It’s bouncing back.”
Down the street, Joshua Ferguson, owner of Sugar Boxx Ice Cream Shop at 2225 63rd St., is clear about his goals.
“To rebuild, to come back together and to grow it again,” said Ferguson, who grew up in the Uptown neighborhood. “To get it going again, for business to flow and for the community to thrive again ...
I think this is the most diverse community for businesses, and that's why we came up here, to kind of help out and to bring a different, I guess, place for kids up here. Just to kind of give back.”
Ferguson said he is seeing customers return to his shop “slowly, but surely,” and he remains encouraged about Uptown’s future.
“We got a lot of requests for birthday parties. We got customers coming in for the ‘Kenosha Strong’ gear,’” Ferguson said.
Many folks have turned the boarded-up windows into a sort of makeshift neighborhood beautification project, painting colorful murals on the plywood planks.
That spirit of resilience among Uptown’s businesses is giving many of the neighborhood’s residents reasons for hope.
“I love the sense of community that exists here and always has existed here,” said Jennifer Stanis, who moved to Kenosha years ago from New Jersey.
“For a really long time, people would say, ‘Oh, where are you from?’ And I'd still claim
New Jersey. And then through all of this and this whole past week and looking at all the buildings and everything, I'm like, how much my heart hurt. I was like, this is my home now. And everyone kind of looks out for everybody, my neighborhood, everyone on the street. It's just a big family, and you don't get that everywhere,” Stanis said.
When asked to describe the City of Kenosha in word, Stanis replied, “Hopeful.”
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The City of Kenosha Housing Authority is not accepting applications to its preliminary Wait List at this time. Check back to this page regularly for announcements. If you applied during the 2020 open enrollment, you may check your application status by going to www.assistancecheck.com.
The pre-application process was last opened on September 14, 2020. Only 1,500 of the pre-applications submitted during this period will be selected, at random by a computer, to be placed on the Wait List. If you applied during the 2020 open enrollment period, you may check your status ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 28, 2020, by going to www.assistancecheck.com. If your pre-application is marked Active, you were selected in the lottery. A letter will be mailed in October to the pre-applicants who are chosen in the lottery for placement on the Wait List. If your pre-application is marked Inactive, you were not selected in the lottery, you will not be on our Wait List, and you may reapply at a future opening. Please do not call the Kenosha Housing Authority office to verify an application.
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