U.S. Senator Tina Smith Announces More Than $3 Million in Grants for Critical Housing and Community Development in Duluth

WASHINGTON, D.C. [08/28/19]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is investing more than $3 million in grants to Duluth to develop affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families, help people who are experiencing homelessness and create economic opportunity.

“Having a safe, stable, affordable place to live is what makes everything in our lives work. Without housing, it is nearly impossible to keep your job, go to school and stay healthy,” said Sen. Smith, a member of the Senate Housing Committee. “There is no doubt that Duluth is facing an affordable housing crisis, and needs relief now. These grants are one step we can take right now to help address this problem.”

Grant Descriptions:

The Community Development Block (CDBG) Grants program provides annual grants to States and local units of government to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. 

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program provides annual grants to State, local, and private entities to assist people in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.  In addition to rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention, the ESG program also provides limited funding for street outreach as well as for improving the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters. 

The HOME program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by providing grants to States and local governments to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities.