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Emotional Moments at Housing Visit with Lt. Governor

Updated: November 07, 2019 08:06 PM

For Joshua, home for awhile was a swamp in Superior. He shared his story of feeling he wasn't worthy of help, during a meeting with the Lt. Governor of Minnesota at the Center for Changing Lives in Duluth. Now he knows he's worth it. "We aren't trash. We aren't just a statistic," he said as he held his baby on his lap.

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Peggy Flanagan shared her own story about when her mother used a Section 8 housing voucher to get the family a home in St. Louis Park when she was very young. "It's personally important to me. It set that foundation. We were able to establish that, and allowed us to build a life."

On Thursday, she was visiting housing projects that received help from state bonding dollars. She said they wanted to highlight what was working well, and see where the continued needs are.

The Center for Changing Lives is run by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. It provides permanent and transitional housing to young people. People like Mercedes, who cried as she thanked the center for giving her a second chance. "When they gave me a pen to sign that piece of paper, I was like, oh my god, it was so much relief. This is something I'd been praying for."

Flanagan also visited Ramsey Manor in West Duluth. The public housing facility has over 100 units, and needs new windows and waste lines. Thanks to bonding dollars, those projects are being done.

There, she received some wild rice and a blanket, as it's an Anishinaabe tradition to gift elders or leaders.

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