Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
December 2005
WIFrontDoor.org Marks Anniversary

When Lee Anne Banks, property manager for the non-profit Madison Development Corporation (MDC), received a flyer last year about the state's Bureau of Housing (BOH) announcing a new website service called "WIFrontDoor" - wifrontdoorhousing.org - she says, "I got excited about it. It's a much needed service."

The website, which went on-line in January of 2005, is a free, safe, centralized location which provides quality affordable rental housing property listings and services for the state's lower income population. To date, there are over 120,000 Wisconsin rental units listed on the site.

Unlike a standard classified ad, WIFrontDoor allows landlords to enter a myriad of information about the property, including full descriptions, photos, and maps. Then, individuals, social service agencies, housing authorities, governmental agencies, etc. can view and download information 24 hours a day, seven days a week - wherever there is access to the Internet.

"I like that I can just click and print out a page for a client (seeking housing or services)," says Banks. "It's basic, simple, and I love it!"

Commerce's goal for the site is for WIFrontDoor to become the first place that renters look to find affordable housing in Wisconsin. According to officials, the housing component, coupled with homelessness service information in another, provides the most comprehensive collection of resources to aid the homeless in the nation, and has become a model for other states.

For more information on WIFrontDoor, contact Melisa Perez, Commerce, at (608) 266-5363 or mperez@commerce.state.wi.us.

-- Barbro Mcginn

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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