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HOMELESSNESS

The city's offer of financial assistance could strengthen local applications for housing credits.
Each person is unique, and the type of services offered should reflect their unique experiences rather than forcing them into a system that fails to meet diverse needs.
The warming center is closed, but it is still bitterly cold here in the Northland.
Housing experts explained the importance of culturally appropriate housing and wraparound services at shelters during a roundtable discussion Thursday.

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From the editorial: "Encouragingly, with downtown offices reopening and with tourism season rapidly approaching, it’s work already begun."
The Duluth house is part of a growing network of medical respite centers that now numbers more than 130 around the country — including four in Minnesota. More than half have opened in just the past 10 years.
From the column: "The Bob Tavani House offers a safe space for people who have nowhere else to go to rest and heal. We connect our guests to community, to resources, and, for the time they are with us, to a home."
The Star of the North Maternity Home's second location is anticipated to open in Hibbing in mid-March to serve mothers who do not have access to stable housing.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported 6,461 Minnesotans experienced sheltered homelessness during the designated point in time in 2021, up from 5,991 in 2020.
From the column: "Living in Duluth is such a good deal that there is active competition for vacant land here. ... Unfortunately, due to our city government, it’s not so good for the majority of Duluthians."

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I never saw one homeless person in the supposed-Third World country of Jordan when it was my home for almost 20 years.
From the column: "I recall my first day in Duluth, at the shelter. I walked up to the front desk at CHUM. The people there were very nice to me. ... That was something I wasn't used to after being homeless in larger cities."
From the column: "Please join the conversation about continuing to serve the most vulnerable members of our Duluth community. A series of professionally facilitated, virtual community conversations is being planned."

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