DULUTH, MN-- The state of Minnesota announced almost $200 million in funding for housing Thursday.
Duluth received a portion of that, focused on addressing the city's housing crisis.
According to the city, almost $16 million in state funding is going toward building a new, 52-unit apartment building called Brewery Creek. It's a One Roof Community Housing project.
Additional funding came from several groups, including Essentia Health Duluth, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and the city of Duluth.
It'll be located on 6th Avenue East and 4th Street, currently a blighted corner with an old car service shop.
Brewery Creek will include 26 units specifically for homeless youth, and 10 prioritized for members of the Fond du Lac Band.
Construction is expected to start next fall.
The Duluth HRA also received an additional $75,000 for its exterior improvements grant project. That's on top of the $100,000 the HRA already had for the program.
Low- to moderate-income homeowners can apply for grants to improve the exteriors of their homes. It includes things like new siding, windows, or a new roof.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said the funding helps the city address the housing crisis.
She said these projects are crucial because housing is a human right.
"We would never want to see anybody we love or care about be unhoused or to be precariously housed. It's stressful. It's unhealthy. It doesn't work and we need our community to be supported and to be working," Larson said.
Center City Housing in Duluth is also expecting to receive money to update Windwood Townhomes. It needs final approval.
Windwood is a 70-unit complex for low-income families and singles.
The money will be used to rehabilitate it and add community and office space, along with a bigger playground.
That project is also expected to start in the fall.
Click here for details to apply for the HRA home improvement program.