Duluth

Churches United in Ministry Leads Hotel to Housing Conversion

The Duluth Inn was a Class-C motel in downtown Duluth. Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) was previously leasing half of the rooms to provide a safe isolated environment for homeless senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, CHUM is acquiring the property to convert it to permanent supportive housing for people formerly experiencing homelessness. Plans… Read more

Rick Klun

GMHF partner Rick Klun talks about combatting homelessness

The Star Tribune featured Rick Klun as one of their “Problem Solvers” for his work to prevent and end homelessness in Duluth and across the state in an article by Gail Rosenblum. Rick Klun wants us to stop focusing on homelessness. It’s not that he lacks the heart, or stomach, to address this seemingly intractable… Read more

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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… Read 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… Read more

Gateway Tower

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… Read more

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