Northland Mayors Join Forces For Habitat For Humanity

The First Western Lake Superior Habitat For Humanity Home Was Built In July 2017

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Several mayors from the Northland prove they’re not afraid to get their hands dirty for a good cause.

They came together to work on a Habitat for Humanity home, which provides affordable housing for families in need.

“The mayors here in our community are people who really work well together, network together and undertand that partnering with an organization like Habitat For Humanity is one piece of addressing our regional housing crisis,” said WLSHFH Executive Director David Clanaugh.

This is actually the second home built in the Twin Ports Region by the Western Lake Superior Habitat For Humanity (WLSHFH).

The receiving family contributed 600 hours of sweat equity as part of a down payment on a 30 year mortgage.

The eight mayors are helping to change the life of the family who will be moving into this new home.

“It’s a metropolitan area and together we need to work together in housing to create housing,” said Clanaugh.

Mayors spent their time cleaning, scraping the floor and painting trim.

“This is not a professional crew of contractors that is paid to come out and do this,” said Superior Mayor Jim Paine. This is volunteers, skilled and unskilled that come together to provide housing for a family that needs it.”

Paine says he won’t call himself a professional contractor, but he was happy to help.

“What we’re really trying to do here is build neighborhoods and build communities. That means providing safe and affordable shelters for families that are going to invest back into their neighborhoods and communities,” said Paine.

Besides helping with the build, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson used some of her time learning from other mayors what’s happening in their own communities.

“We’ve also been able to talk about housing and some of the needs we have around that and how are people in our communities giving back.”

The new home will also provide revenue to build houses for future families.

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