The old Lincoln Park Elementary School building (2424 W. 5th St.) is being converted into affordable apartments, slated to open April 2015. Stop by in person to submit applications on Wednesday, February 18 (3-7 pm) and Thursday, February 19 (9 am-2 pm). Income limits apply. For more details on these limits as well as the amenities of the new apartments, download this PDF.
Do you know any families who have been experiencing homelessness and need permanent, stable housing and resources to help get their lives on track? CHUM Duluth, Center City Housing Corporation, and D.W. Jones Management, Inc. have partnered to build the new Steve O’Neil Apartments at 115 W. 4th St. It’s a secure building with furnished 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments, some of which will be fully accessible; laundry facilities, a community room with kitchen, and secure outdoor space will all be on-site. The building is still under construction, but D.W. Jones is now accepting pre-applications for families who want to get on the list for one of the apartments.
Paper copies of the applications are available at D.W. Jones’ Duluth office (605 N. Central Ave.) and at the CHUM business office (102 W. 2nd St.). Completed applications can be dropped off at the CHUM office.
Any property management questions? Contact Patty Nadeau with D.W. Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-810-2853.
Any questions on supportive services? Contact Mary Lu Larsen with CHUM: email@example.com.
Duluth LISC’s At Home Collaborative has put together a list of programs and processes that we can all work on putting into place to help revitalize Lincoln Park. The plan came together in 2012–two years later, what’s the progress been, and where do you want to see more being done? Here are some highlights from the plan, as well as links to the organizations involved in the Collaborative. Use your mouse cursor to hover over any slide to pause the show.
Looking for a place to live is a frustrating, time-consuming process–especially in Duluth. We all hear about the need for more housing in this town, but Fuse Duluth, LISC, and 1Roof Community Housing have teamed up to create a survey defining just what those needs are. This is your chance to be heard, define what Duluthians are looking for, and encourage appropriate development in the areas that you want to live in.
The survey only takes a few minutes and will provide valuable information. Your input is needed! There are separate surveys for renters and homeowners here at this link.
Lincoln Park Home Owners: Spring is around the Corner!
Special prioritized home improvement programs are still available to you for a limited time:
¨ Special focus area between the new Lincoln Park Middle School and 27th Ave. W, and between 1st Street and Wellington Street
¨ Wide range of income levels served.
¨ Program types and terms (forgivable,deferred, amortizing loans) based on household income.
¨ You must apply by March 1, 2014 to receive priority funding
¨ Apply online at www.housingresourceconnection.org
¨ For any questions or for more information, please call 218-461-4397
Ecolibrium3 is excited to announce a new grant program available to help low-income Lincoln Park and West Duluth residents switch from heating with fuel oil to natural gas. This grant covers the cost of a new heating system and potential replacement of a household’s hot water heater. Switching from fuel oil to natural gas saves Duluth homeowners an average of $1,062 per year!
This grant program operates on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to secure grant funding, it is important that all forms and information be returned in a complete and timely manner.
If you have questions about this program or the eligibility requirements, please contact Ecolibrium3 at 218-336-1038.
Ten Minnesota communities in Minnesota will soon be healthier places to live. The Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities has awarded $23,000 to support projects in rural, suburban, and urban areas of the state. Each recipient organization is pursuing an innovative strategy to improve health, housing, and well-being.
The projects range from creating more vibrant community gardens, better collaboration between tenants and landlords, bike programs, and citizen advocacy for user-friendly streets.
Together, the projects will strengthen local networks and collaboration, educate the public about how to make homes and communities healthier, and promote policies and practices which advance healthy homes and communities.
The projects to be funded include:
- Ecolibrium3: To educate homeowners on environmental problems in the home that can impact health and how to mitigate energy, air quality, mold, lead, and safety concerns.
- Alliance for Sustainability: To integrate healthy homes and behavior change into the Bloomington/Richfield Sustainability Fair and 9 other suburban Living Green Fairs.
- Cycles for Change: To build on the success of the Youth Bike Club through youth-led weekly rides to encourage healthy transportation choices.
- Headwaters Regional Development Commission: To educate homeowners on safe and healthy homes and provide resources for improvements. To provide a checklist for home buyers to make informed decisions.
- Wadena County Public Health: To organize an event with local rental property owners and managers to build relationships and awareness for maintaining healthy rental properties.
- The Sierra Club North Star Chapter: To create Citizen Summits that will increase effective citizen advocacy for transit oriented development.
- Project Sweetie Pie: To pilot a Youth Cafe celebrating a summer of Gardens Galore, the seeding of North Minneapolis through scattered community gardens.
- American Lung Associate of the Upper Midwest: To provide in-depth training for agencies in St. Louis and Carlton counties on environmental assessment for Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control activities.
- Rebuilding Together Twin Cities: To build relationships with the Hmong community to help keep families safe in their homes.
- Spring Lake Park Fire Department: To organize a community event at Scotland Green Apartments in Mound View to educate residents, provide safety equipment, and create a safer environment for residents.
The mission of the Alliance for Healthy Homes and Communities is to promote, support and provide healthy homes and communities for all Minnesotans. The Alliance is made up of 100 organizations and individuals who believe that all Minnesotans should have the opportunity to make choices that allow them to live long, healthy lives, regardless of their income, education, or ethnic background. These mini-grants are made possible by a grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.