The Oconto Falls High School’s Tech-Ed Class worked hard the month of August to get a good start on a second duplex built for elderly/handicapped area people. The Community Housing Project began in 2002 when a donated lot on Fifth Street in Oconto was developed into the very first fully accessible, universally designed duplex. It was such a great project, addressing an important community need, that it was decided to continue to develop safe and affordable housing for handicapped individuals and the elderly.
Through the combined efforts of NEWCAP and the Oconto Falls High School, with the assistance of various other agencies and through grants from the State of Wisconsin, as well as contributions from area contractors and individuals, we were able to continue this very worthwhile project and replicate it in the Oconto Falls Community.
We call this the Community Housing Development Project because this home would not have been a reality without community effort. From a generous land donation from Nancy and Bob Mommaerts, the hard work of the Oconto Falls High School staff and students, along with the support of NEWCAP, and it’s Oversight Contractor, Paul Mogged, Oconto County Commission on Aging, the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), local contractors, the City of Oconto Falls, and State of Wisconsin-Division of Housing funding, we continue to make affordable housing a reality for vulnerable populations.