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Duluth Inn converting to housing for those experiencing homelessness

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: March 30, 2021 06:54 PM
Created: March 30, 2021 06:25 PM

For people experiencing homelessness, the Duluth Inn is going from motel to housing.

The Duluth HRA and CHUM partnered together to purchase the building which will also have specialty mental health and chemical dependency services.

Once the purchase is finalized, construction will begin to create 43 new units of housing designed for people that have been homeless.

"This is very needed. Our coordinated entry system has over 1,000 people on its priority list that are singles that are in need of housing because those are people experiencing homelessness. It's so expensive to build new housing so this opportunity to really bring 43 units online at significantly less cost than it would be to build new is a great opportunity and I'm glad our community is able to capitalize on," said Jill Keppers, the executive director of the Duluth HRA.

They hope to close the purchase within the next 60 days and have it available by mid summer. It'll be that point when applications will be accepted.

Lots of partners are involved in this project. Greater Minnesota Housing is bringing over a million dollars to the project. St Louis County is also bringing a million dollars to the project. The Duluth HRA is bringing a quarter million dollars to the project. Blue Cross Blue Shield is bringing money in too.

"It's really taking the community to really come together to be able to purchase this property and then do the necessary updates so that each unit is more like a little apartment and not a hotel room," said Keppers.

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