Decker Dwellings Affordable Housing project begins

Created: October 14, 2020 10:56 PM

A new affordable housing project is officially underway in Duluth. 

Decker Dwellings will be a three-story building with 42 units. They will have a variety of one- to three-bedroom layouts will be available. 

Four units will serve high priority homeless, as well as five units for people with disabilities. 

One Roof Community Housing says it's difficult for projects like this to get to this point.

“In Duluth it's super hard to create affordable housing for low income workers like this,” said Jeff Corey, Executive Director of One Roof Community Housing. “Our incomes are very low and our construction costs are very high. And so the nexus of those two lines meeting is an uncommon and rare thing and we're delighted to be a part of this project.”

It took a lot of planning from local and state leaders, and they look forward to what it will bring to those needing a home.

“Maybe it's somebody down on their luck and on the street,” said Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho. “Maybe it's somebody with a disability having a hard time finding a place that is accessible. But just to be able to imagine that this beautiful spot, on this beautiful day will soon be home to 42 families.”

“And that is what housing is,” said Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. “It's not just a place to sleep. It isn't just to be a place to have a meal with your family. It means that you matter, it means that you belong and it means that you're home.”

Decker Dwellings is expected to be complete August of next year.

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