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Milwaukee Mayor previews 2018 State of the City Address

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett spent Sunday afternoon previewing the 2018 State of the City Address.

Mayor Barrett will deliver the annual State of the City Address at the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons Monday at 8 a.m. He will speak about a variety of topics including economic development, affordable housing and the future of the health and police departments.

Affordable Housing

Barrett said Sunday that he is working on bringing more affordable housing units to the downtown area. Barrett is calling for 10,000 affordable housing units in Milwaukee in the next 10 years.

"We've got jobs and people can't live close to those jobs so we want to make sure there's affordable housing here in the City of Milwaukee," Barrett said Sunday.

Joe'Mar Hooper of CommonBond Communities works to provides affordable housing for Milwaukee area residents. Hooper believes giving the opportunity to people off different incomes will help the city grow.

"We need to make sure our young people, our minorities and our seniors are having opportunities to live downtown," Hopper said. "As that diversity increases throughout downtown, you're going to see that the region will be more inclusive." 

Milwaukee Health Department

Barrett will also speak about the future of the Milwaukee Health Department. He will talk about the newly assembled team that will work with Milwaukee’s Interim Health Commissioner Patricia McManus.

"I want the health department to succeed. I want the city to succeed," Barrett said. "I'm looking to the future. It's all about what we can do to help this city move forward."

Milwaukee Police Department

Mayor Barrett will welcome Interim Chief of Police for the Milwaukee Police Department Alfonso Morales. Barrett will also call for more training for Milwaukee Police Officers to better diffuse situations that spark from mental health issues.

The State of the City Address will be streamed here on the CBS 58 website and on the CBS 58 Facebook page. 

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