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.

Housing and Community Needs Public Hearing and 

Online Forum Questionnaire


On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 5:30-6:30 PM, the City of Duluth Community Development Division will hold the FY 2016 Housing and Community Needs Public Hearing at the Damiano Center at 206 West 4th Street.  Those in attendance will be able to share their views on the use of Community Development Block Grant funding to improve our neighborhoods.  All are welcome to attend.  

An Online Forum Questionnaire is available from May 11- May 22 and is available for you to provide input right now.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credits for proposed affordable housing developments in Duluth

The City received 4 proposals for the 2016 Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. On May 11, 2015, the Duluth City Council will hold a Committee of the Whole to review proposals and interview applicants. Resolution(s) of support will be voted on at the City Council meeting held that evening.

Supporting Documents Found Here

CDBG 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 407
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

Michael Palermo, Planner II
(218) 730-5305

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