Regional mayors tackle housing crisis at Habitat build
Six regional mayors wielded paint brushes and rollers at the second Twin Ports region Habitat for Humanity house build this year. The mayors gathered Nov. 9 at 710 Weeks Ave. in Superior to partner with the VanHolbeck Family. After applying a first coat of paint, the mayors held a short media conference to share thoughts about the governmental-nonprofit-business partnerships needed to produce more affordable housing in the region.
Superior's Mayor Jim Paine hosted colleagues Wayne Boucher from Hermantown, Emily Larson from Duluth, Phil Larson from Proctor; Chris Swanson from Two Harbors and John Werner from Rice Lake.
WLSHFH dedicated its first new home build in seven years in late July at 1001 N. Seventh St. in Superior. This project with the Dakota-Simiyu Family engaged the city, numerous businesses, churches, service clubs and individuals.
As a four-county organization, WLSHFH is laying groundwork for projects in Duluth and Superior in 2018 and exploring how to build a house in Lake County in 2019. Outreach has resumed in Carlton County, with plans for next year to conduct repair projects in all four counties in partnership with elder homeowners.
WLSHFH builds strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families and communities. By partnering with future homeowners, the community environment improves for everyone. To learn more and support the effort, visit wlshabitat.org.