Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Peter Edelman, Georgetown Professor and Author of “Not a Crime to be Poor”

Dr. Peter Edelman headshot

Join us for this educational networking event highlighting the importance of affordable housing in helping people transform their lives.

Live in Hope will engage over 200 real estate, financial and philanthropic leaders to network and fundraise to help Mercy Housing Lakefront and St. Catherine Residence provide affordable homes in Wisconsin. Our goal is to help build a region where everyone has an affordable home to use as a springboard to achieve better health, economic security, and a brighter future for their kids.

Location:  Milwaukee County War Memorial,
                 750 North Lincoln Memorial Drive
                 Milwaukee, WI 53202

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • Registration & Pre-Reception: 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
  • Program and Panel Discussion:  4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Networking Reception: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. 

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This year, the Live in Hope reception will feature a keynote address by Dr. Peter Edelman, the author of the recently released Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. This book examines the intersection of poverty, race and the criminal justice system, shining a light on those working to create a more humane world. Currently, Dr. Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional and poverty law and is faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. Following the keynote address, Dr. Edelman will join three Milwaukee experts to further explore the impact of the judicial system on the poor and homeless and how stable housing can help stabilize their lives.

Panelists include:

  • Judge Derek Mosley, Chief Judge of the Milwaukee Municipal Court
  • Joanne Lipo Zovic, Professor, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Chad Wilson, Community Activist, featured in Milwaukee 53206

Mercy Housing Lakefront (MHL) is working to build a region where everyone has an affordable home to use as a springboard to achieve better health, economic security, and a brighter future for their kids. MHL owns and operates 52 properties in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, serving more than 8,000 people annually. MHL is a regional branch of Mercy Housing, Inc. (MHI), a leading national affordable housing nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado. 


Mercy Housing’s Southeast Wisconsin Council sponsors Live in Hope and provides ongoing leadership and guidance for Mercy Housing Lakefront in Wisconsin.

Bill Boerigter, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

Bob Connolly, Common Ground

William Cummings, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

Julie Fay-Krivitz, WaterStone Bank

Daniel Brenton, Town Bank

Kim Hurtado, Hurtado Zimmerman SC

Karyn Knaak, Cinnaire

Margaret Mary Knittel,
R.S.M., Sisters of Mercy

Jason Korb,

Eugene Manzanet, PNC


Barbara Markoff, Huntington Bank

James Marks, United Way of Greater Milwaukee

Monica Marton, Aurora Health

Dr. Kevin McCabe, S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

John Neuberger, Quad/Graphics

Ken Schmidt, Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness

Andrew Serio

Sig Strautmanis, General Capital Group

Dan Sweeney, Wells Fargo

Wendy Weckler, Hope House of Milwaukee

Suzanne Zwaska, U.S. Bank


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For more information, please contact Megan Kutchenriter at mkutchenriter@mercyhousing.org or 414.316.6255. 

In anticipation of the Live in Hope Reception, we are hosting three free community events. Please join us: 



Book club #2 featuring “Not a Crime to Be Poor”

October 11, 2018,
5pm to 7pm,
Greenwich Park Apartments
2353 North Farwell, Milwaukee, WI

Movie screening of “Milwaukee 53206”

October 30, 2018
5:30pm to 7pm,
East Side Library
2320 North Cramer, Milwaukee, WI

Mercy Housing Lakefront has a partnership with Boswell Books. If you purchase a book, Mercy Housing will receive a portion of the proceeds.


Register Now to attend Mercy Housing's event