Duluth’s Affordable Housing Market Addressed

Housing for All Summit Brought Community Leaders Together

DULUTH, Minn. – Elected officials, landlords and community groups discussed issues regarding the city’s affordable housing market at the 5th annual Housing for All Summit.

Organizers call the summit a grassroots effort to bring people together to work on housing issues in Duluth.
Topics on Wednesday’s agenda included landlord incentive programs, the affordable housing trust fund, and the quality of affordable housing.

“This effects everybody, this is our community, this is Duluth, this is everybody,” said Kristy Eckhart, Director of Residential Services with the Duluth Salvation Army.  “We want to bring voices to the table that may have a solution outside of what we’re looking at.”

Cherise Payton, a community advocate, kicked things off by telling her story.  Payton was homeless seven times in 10 years, but not since coming to Duluth in 2008.  Payton shares her story so others know help is available.

“When I was going through it, I felt alone and I know there’s people out there that feel like this is about themselves and nobody understands,” said Payton.  “We do have people that understand, but we can’t get to you if you don’t come out and speak up.”

Organizers say they’ve made progress with these summits, but more work is needed so everyone in Duluth can find quality housing at an affordable price.

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