Mayor Tom Barrett says the City of Milwaukee will build or improve 10,000 housing units over the next 10 years.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the mayor called for changes to the federal government's Section 8 program to give people more flexibility when it comes to renting privately owned properties.

Barrett also spoke of the need for partnerships, saying he would urge the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to "maximize its investment in affordable housing in Milwaukee."

The mayor said he would be expanding the city's STRONG Homes Loan Program, which offers loans of up to $20,000 to owner-occupants of properties for one to four families throughout the city.

Associated Bank has agreed to purchase some 150 loans totaling about $1.5 million, which will allow the city to offer loans to more homeowners, Barrett said.

Such loans are often used to help longtime homeowners struggling to keep up with their bills.

Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.