Focus Group Talks Housing Issues in Duluth

A recent study showed that Duluth will need nearly 4,000 new homes by 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Community members met tonight to discuss the future of housing in Duluth.

Imagine Duluth 2035 hosted a focus group tonight, addressing the topics of making homes more accessible, diverse, and affordable.

Duluth poses a unique challenge with so many older homes, so city leaders are working with the community to find ways to maintain the characteristics of neighborhoods, while improving and increasing housing options. They say as more people continue to move to Duluth, there’s a demand for housing of all income levels and types of homes.

“We’ve been hearing a lot of need from employers, saying they can’t get people to live here because there’s no housing,” said Suzanne Kelley, a community planner for the City of Duluth. How do we keep Duluth a place that’s as desirable as it is now? So we have to plan for the future.”

Imagine Duluth 2035 says there are currently 1,400 new homes under construction throughout the city. A recent study showed that Duluth will need nearly 4,000 new homes by 2020.

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