Eastside Housing Action Committee Records, 1972-1999

Scope and Content Note

The records have been arranged in five major series: Organizational Records, Funding and Sponsorship, Activities, Correspondence with Related Organizations, and an Informational File.

Within the ORGANIZATIONAL RECORDS there is little evidentiary material as to ESHAC structure other than a small sample of monthly minutes and incorporation papers. A history of the organization is included, but it emphasizes general strategy rather than concrete organizational information.

The FUNDING AND SPONSORSHIP RECORDS, covering seven years of the organization's existence, not only indicate the diverse sources of its support, but the proposals, in particular, contain abundant information on policy, strategy and yearly project evaluations. Included in these materials are correspondence, job descriptions, evaluations, project narratives and proposals, and a sample of the federal registers. Of particular interest, are the allocation or budgetary papers which, although not entirely complete, contain financial information otherwise unavailable in the collection.

The largest series documents the ACTIVITIES: legal, legislative, and miscellaneous, that provide the organization's focus. Included in the legal records are correspondence, legal briefs, petitions, grievance forms, and newspaper clippings related to specific actions against negligent landlords. Also of note is a large body of material covering the lawsuit against Dan Giwosky of Fox Bay Realty. Of particular interest is a sample copy of a landlord-tenant lease. The legislative activities focus upon broad reform in the area of zoning laws, building inspection codes, utility deposit rules, a rent control ordinance, and a rent tax credit. Included in these records are legal briefs, copies of proposed ordinances, and transcripts of hearings. The remainder of ESHAC's activities revolved around educational workshops, a research task force on deteriorating neighborhood conditions, and efforts to solve local community problems such as highway expansion.

The CORRESPONDENCE WITH RELATED ORGANIZATIONS series includes correspondence with people and organizations such as the city alderman, Edward Griffin, the Community Development Coalition, and the Milwaukee Central City Consumer Council. This correspondence reveals the extent of community cooperation with ESHAC and its goals.

The INFORMATIONAL FILE includes publications, film catalogues, property inventories and handbooks used in ESHAC educational workshops and research activities.