Prairie Apartments

Milwaukee, WI
New Construction
Providing Permanent Housing for the City's Homeless

At a glance

  • SUMMARY: New supportive housing apartments built on existing slab
  • SIZE: 24 units; 4 stories
  • COMPLETION: December 2008
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $3 million
  • OWNER: Heartland Housing and The Guest House of Milwaukee
  • CERTIFICATION: WSGBC, LEED for Homes, Gold Certification
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Project Overview

Collaboration between Heartland Housing, a non-profit developer, and The Guest House of Milwaukee, a provider of case management services, led to Continuum Architects +
Planners designing a four-story, 24-unit apartment building as long-term housing for single men and women who are homeless. Continuum’s overriding goal from the onset was to develop a cost-effective, high-concept design to eliminate the stigma of placing supportive housing in neighborhoods and highly-developed urban areas.

The units are an equal mix of one-bedroom and studio apartments, all with private bathrooms and kitchens. Amenities include a fitness center, technology center, community
room, laundry facilities, and tenant storage. Rent subsidies are available for two-thirds of the units.

The existing foundation wall, which constitutes the lower level perimeter walls, and the pre-cast concrete slab structure of the first floor was reused and integrated into the new superstructure above. This along with numerous other sustainable features earned the project LEED for Homes Gold Certification.


  • Vision Award for Achievement, WCREW, 2009
  • MANDI Finalist, Small Project, LISC, 2009
  • Top Project, The Daily Reporter/Wisconsin Builder, 2009
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