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May 2, 2023

Madison, WI – The Curds of Wisdom speaker series is a free, monthly forum focused on creating and preserving housing options throughout Wisconsin. The series aims to share effective practices and build relationships among advocates and practitioners. Please join us virtually from 12-1 p.m., whether you are an elected official or a motivated neighbor!

Curds of Wisdom is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.
On May 10, we’re kicking off the series with a discussion about how zoning has been a tool to limit housing options. Then on June 14, we’ll flip the conversation to show how zoning and other local policies can create opportunities to grow equitable, affordable housing. These discussions will be led by Kori Schneider Peragine of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council and Robin Palm of the Village of Mt. Pleasant.

May 10, 2023, 12 p.m. Zoning as a Tool for Housing Exclusion
June 14 , 2023, 12 p.m. Zoning & Local Policies that Foster Good Housing
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About the Presenters
Kori Schneider Peragine is an experienced housing professional employed with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council (MMFHC) since 1998. Housing policy and its racial and ethnic impacts as well as impacts on persons with disabilities is her area of expertise. Ms. Schneider Peragine has completed municipal housing reports called Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing for seven entitlement jurisdictions in Wisconsin, as well as one for Memphis, TN. These reports identify barriers to equal access to housing opportunities and make recommendations to remedy these barriers.
Recently Ms. Schneider Peragine was responsible for the implementation of Opportunity MKE, a housing mobility program in the metropolitan Milwaukee area. In 2010, under Kori’s lead, MMFHC filed a federal fair housing complaint against Waukesha County for its failure to use its federal funds, as required, to reverse the harmful effects of segregation. In her personal time, Ms. Schneider Peragine volunteers to lead Divided By Design|Milwaukee, a project aimed at teaching the history of Milwaukee’s housing segregation. Kori is a 1997 graduate of UW-Milwaukee’s MUP/MARCH joint degree.

Robin Palm is a planner for the Village of Mount Pleasant, where he has helped rewrite the zoning code, and oversaw review and approval by elected officials of more than 1,000 new housing units in 2022. Notable changes to the village’s zoning code included allowing smaller housing lots and duplexes without special exemptions. The rewrite received an award from the American Planning Association Small Town & Rural Planning Division. In his personal time as a resident of Milwaukee, Palm is also an active voice in discussions over urban planning, including whether to build an entertainment district around American Family Field or tear down interstate bridges near the downtown lakefront to open land for new development. Robin has a Bachelor’s in history and a master’s in urban and regional planning, both from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Co-Sponsors: The Wisconsin Affordable Housing Action Alliance is a broad coalition dedicated to transforming the debate around permanent affordable housing in Wisconsin. Working together, we can support local communities to meet affordable housing needs to positively impact the most vulnerable families in Wisconsin and our workforce.
The League of Wisconsin Municipalities helps Wisconsin cities and villages share ideas and learn from one another, to train and provide information to the people elected and appointed to govern those cities and villages, and advocate on their behalf with the Legislature, Governor, and state agencies.
Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) is a statewide network of sixteen local Community Action Agencies and two single-purpose agencies. WISCAP is uniquely positioned to address the grinding poverty that exists in our rural, urban, and suburban communities alike. Wisconsin Council of Churches The WCC is a network of Christian churches and faith-based organizations committed to working together for courage, justice, and holy imagination across the state.
About WISCAP: The Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) is the statewide association for Wisconsin’s sixteen (16) Community Action agencies and two single-purpose agencies with statewide focus. You can learn more about WISCAP at