Affordable Housing

©John Krumm. Used with permission.

Hopping on a bus because your car’s in the shop or you want to be environmentally responsible.

Cutting a rent or mortgage check at the first of the month so your family has a clean, safe home.

Picking up a group of friends or piling in your car with the family to head to the park for a day of fun.

For 75% of Duluthians, that’s everyday life.

But for the remaining 25%, the one in four families in this town who live in poverty, it’s not.

City of Duluth

Duluth's Comprehensive Land Use Plan was adopted 11 years ago by the City of Duluth  to put forth future considerations for land development, utility infrastructure, transportation, and parks and trails.

©Lisa Johnson

Low-income Duluthians took center stage at a unique candidate forum in October.  They shared their experiences and struggles with candidates for state and county offices and then asked the candidates - pointedly - for specific commitments and actions on several critical policy measures.

Here, Shereeka Smith shares her story of fleeing the violence of Detroit and trying to make a home in Duluth.

Rachel Whyte/HGTV

It costs more to build a house than it used to, but Duluth's challenging terrain makes the numbers - and your head spin.

Blasting through bedrock to put in utilities and other infrastructure can add $80 thousand dollars to a project right off the top.

Solution?  One of the ideas identified at the 2014 Housing Summit was a page right from HGTV's book: fix up, renovate and modernize aging houses and get existing, foreclosed and condemned properties back on the market.

Central Hillside
Jacob Norlund // Flickr.com

Plenty of construction is happening in Duluth and a lot of it is new housing. But with BlueStone taking up much of the market, are there options for people looking for lower cost options? Jeff Corey, the executive director of One Roof Community Housing in Duluth spoke with us about housing options throughout Duluth.