Community Development

Community Development


Our mission is to invest in community programs that help low and moderate income people by addressing basic needs, providing affordable housing, and increasing economic self-sufficiency.

Ethnographic Study 

We are pleased to share An Ethnographic Study of Indigenous Contributions to the City of Duluth. The study, commissioned by the Duluth Indigenous Commission, offers an in depth look at the cultural and historical significance of Indigenous Peoples in the Duluth area. 


City of Duluth FY 2016 Action Plan

The City of Duluth Draft 2016 Action Plan for Housing and Community Development is available and will be finalized and transmitted to the City Council on December 14, 2015.

Summary of the Action Plan and Public Input Process

Notice of Public Comment Period and Public Hearing

Draft FY 2016 Funding Recommendations

Draft FY 2016 Action Plan

A public hearing was held by the CD Committee on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Community Development Program Updates  

    • The State of Minnesota has submitted the Phase II application for the National Disaster Resilience Competition. We expect to hear the funding announcements in early 2016. Learn more at Big Waters of Minnesota Website

Upcoming Meetings


Housing Assistance Resources 

Keith Hamre
Director of Planning & Construction Services
City Hall, Room 208
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 730-5480


Housing Team 
Karen Olesen, Senior Planner
(218) 730-5303

Suzanne Kelley, Planner II
(218) 730-5302

Community Resources Team

Ben VanTassel, Senior Planner
(218) 730-5299

Suzanne Kelley, Planner II
(218) 730-5302

Kathy Wilson, Planner I
(218) 730-5305

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