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.

Natural Disaster Resilience Competition

Phase II Application Public Comment

Read the Phase II Minnesota application to the National Disaster Resilience Competition at Big Waters of Minnesota Website. To obtain print copies of the application, call Patrick Armon at 800-657-3858,(651) 259-7455 or TTY 800-282-5909.

Written public comments on the application should be submitted to:

          NDRC Application
          Attn: Patrick Armon
          Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
          First National Bank Building
          332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
          St. Paul, MN 55101-1351

Written comments may also be submitted by fax to (651) 296-1290 or by email to To ensure consideration of your comments type “NRDC Application” in the subject line of your email.

Comments on the application will be accepted until the close of business on October 16, 2015.

Community Development Program Updates  

    • The 2016 Funding Timeline provides important meetings and deadlines that applicants need to know to apply for the next round of CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds.

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

Char McLennan, Planner II
(218) 730-5304

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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