Beyond the Headlines: Superior’s housing issues, and the man hired to help solve them

SUPERIOR, WI — The Twin Ports has a lot going for it.

But it’s also home to a serious housing crisis–from a shortage of affordable housing in Duluth, to an abundance of aging housing stock across the bridge, in Superior.

For years city and county officials in both states have been studying the issue, and ways to solve it. But one thing that stands out with every story we’ve covered on the housing crisis: it’s not an easy, one-answer fix.

In this episode of Beyond the Headlines, we’re spending the bulk of it in Superior as we introduce you to someone who hopes to be part of the solution.

His name is Jeff Skrenes, and he was hired by Mayor Jim Paine in the fall to be Superior’s new housing coordinator/planner.

Dan Wolfe sits down with Skrenes to talk about the challenges and opportunities Superior faces with its aging housing stock, including a new, statewide program aimed at making renovations more affordable for prospective homeowners.

Skrenes says his main goal right now is to meet as many people throughout the city as possible to get a better picture of Superior’s housing needs. But he says there are already plenty of options for people out there when it comes to housing help.

Here are some of those links:

City of Superior Planning Department

Facebook page where Superior Dept. of Planning and Development will post updates and properties for sale

One Roof Community Housing in Duluth

WHEDA Homepage

WHEDA Homebuyer Programs

 

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