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GMHF has worked with major employers such as Hormel, The Schwan Food Company, and Mayo Clinic, as well as “Main Street” employers like local banks and retail businesses, to engage them in developing homebuyer assistance programs as well as contribute to the development of new affordable housing in their communities.

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Gateway renovations get high marks

The early reviews are rolling in on the what's-old-is-new-again Gateway Tower apartments on West Superior Street in downtown Duluth, and tenants say the renovations are a hit. "It couldn't look better," said 62-year-old Jan Nash, an 11-year resident of the 14-story tower. "New cabinets, new toilet and shower, new floors." "Huge bathroom," said Pam Blommer… More

Rick Klun, Center City Housing Corp.

10 years in, Duluth’s San Marco Apartments considered a model

If not for the San Marco Apartments, Lisa Ronnquist, 60, said she'd probably have died homeless on the streets of Duluth by now. "This place saved my life," she said. Ronnquist was a chronic alcoholic when she came to the newly constructed San Marco 10 years ago as one of its first residents. "Before we… More

LIHTCs bring affordable youth housing to affluent MN neighborhood

As reported in the Feb. 2017 Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits by senior writer Mark O'Meara. In Minnesota, children and adults 24 and younger are the most likely population to be homeless, according to the 2015 Minnesota Housing Study, a statewide study on homelessness. This includes children with their parents (35 percent) and minors and young… More

Off the floor and into dignified digs – Higher Ground St Paul delivers

GMHF staff had the opportunity to tour one of the latest achievements in affordable housing and serving homeless individuals: Higher Ground Saint Paul, the new shelter and supportive housing development in downtown Saint Paul developed by Catholic Charities, under the leadership of Tim Marx, CEO. Higher Ground is an incredibly inspiring development in its scale… More

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Duluth’s Gateway Tower to receive $18.5M redo with MEF equity

They’re already planning to return in about a year to celebrate the end of a project so extensive it will replace virtually everything but the property’s concrete shell – and even that will be covered by a new contemporary metal skin. “We’re really happy to make an intervention to protect the building,” said Jeff Corey… More

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