New, Affordable Housing Units Open in Central Hillside

By KBJR News 1

March 1, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013 at 7:29 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) --- A new affordable housing complex opened its doors Thursday a city desperately in need of more low to middle income rental units.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Firehouse Flats apartments on East 4th street in downtown Duluth.

The 12 million dollar complex has been in the works since 2007 and brings 40 new apartments to the area.

Tenants must meet income guidelines of between 20 and 39 thousand dollars a year.

City officials say this will benefit the city and help out many families.

"People are paying a disproportionate amount of their take-home income for housing and it's making life very difficult for them. It's making it very difficult for them to make ends meet so this is an answer to that," said City Councilor Sharla Gardner.

Four units in the building are set aside for chronic homeless people in the city.

There is also another housing development in the works for Hillside Manor.

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