Financial Empowerment & Homeownership

Welcome to our Financial Empowerment and Homeownership page! The Urban League of Greater Madison is dedicated to empowering our community through comprehensive financial and homebuyer education. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge, resources, and support you need to make informed decisions about housing and finances.


The Urban League of Greater Madison has operated several innovative and award-winning homeownership programs over the years. In 2018, we received national recognition from the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award for our innovative Lease-to-Purchase program which was one of the first programs in the country to use the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program for homeownership, rather than rental properties. More recently, in 2020 we broke new ground again with an innovative Homeownership & Wealth Building Program using federal New Market Tax Credits. Since it’s inception, our financial empowerment and homeownership programs have acquired, renovated, and sold 78 single family homes to low and moderate income first-time home buyers. While in the program, these families earned over $3,000,000 in equity while also increasing their income and savings through the stable housing offered through homeownership.


We provide a comprehensive array of financial and homebuyer education workshops and one-on-one counseling to ensure that individuals and families are well-informed and equipped to make sound financial and housing decisions. 

Empowerment Through Education:
Our series of workshops and seminars are designed to provide you with the tools and understanding necessary to navigate the complexities of housing and finance.

Workshops and Seminars:
Our workshops and seminars cover a variety of topics, including financial literacy, homebuying essentials, pre-purchase and post-purchase, and more. These sessions are designed to provide you with practical knowledge and tools to make informed decisions.

Inclusive Community Building:
Our growth-oriented approach fosters an inclusive and supportive environment where individuals can freely ask questions, share experiences, and engage in open discussions, creating a more connected and empowered community.

Resource Network:
We are committed to connecting you with essential services and support systems. Participants will gain access to a curated collection of resources, ranging from financial planning guides to homeownership resources, ensuring that you have the information you need at your fingertips.

Collaboration and Partnerships:
We are dedicated to enhancing the resources available to you through collaborations with industry experts and community leaders. Our aim is to establish strong partnerships with local financial institutions, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to ensure a diverse array of resources and tools are at your disposal.

Homeownership Education:
If you’re interested in becoming a homeowner, we are here to guide you on your journey towards purchasing a home. We have certifications from HUD, NeighborWorks and NCHEC as well as partnerships with the National Urban League and others that can leave you confident in our financial literacy workshops, personalized counseling, and continuous support as you pursue financial security.


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One-on-one couseling

Use this link to schedule a one-on-one financial or homeownership counseling meeting.

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Our Locations

Center for Workforce & Economic Development
2222 S. Park St. | Madison, WI 53713

Southwest Madison Employment Center
1233 McKenna Blvd. | Madison, WI 53719



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