Affordable housing crisis: Duluth’s City Council approves additional funding for Plover Place

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At tonight’s meeting, the Duluth City Council voted to authorize $128,000 in additional funding for Plover Place; an affordable housing project meant to address the affordable housing crisis plaguing the Twin Ports.

When completed Plover Place will offer 24, single-tenant, rent-free units, as well as on-site 24-hour support for people experiencing chronic homelessness.

“So you have on site services as well as you’re living in a community with other people and other neighbors as well,” said City Councilor Mike Mayou. “This is going to be a part of the neighborhood and kind of built into the fabric of Duluth, which I think is super important.”

Plover Place will be the first affordable housing project of its kind when completed, and Councilor Mayou said it’s just the kind of creative solution we need.

Honestly, our housing crisis is going to involve a lot of creative thinking,” said Councilor Mayou. “It’s going to involve a lot of resources and investment. Obviously, from every level federal, state and city. I think this is a huge need for our area right now, it’s been successful in other areas. But we need to continue to push at every single level and kind of involve every agency that we can, because it’s going to be a multifaceted, multi-tiered approach to solve this also.”