New reservation housing development will fill unmet needIn one fell swoop, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is hoping to cut 10 percent off its current waiting list for housing.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
In one fell swoop, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is hoping to cut 10 percent off its current waiting list for housing.
The brand new 24-unit Fond du Lac Supportive Housing development celebrated its grand opening June 24. In addition to townhome-style units for families, there is an apartment building with one-bedroom units and efficiencies ideal for individuals. All of the living spaces were built utilizing “green” technology and building practices. There is also a community building with a meeting room, laundry and three offices, a playground, picnic pavilion and a covered bus stop – the reservation’s first.
The “supportive” part of the housing development title means there will be social services available to those who need it, whether it’s help with chemical dependency, mental illness or a child with ADHD. The housing is classified as permanent, which means people don’t have to leave when they no longer require supportive services.
Individuals and families who qualify as homeless will be given priority. People also have to income-qualify for the housing units, which are intended for low-income residents.
As of June 24, 15 of the units had been filled, leaving nine still open.
During the grand opening, the units were pristine and mostly empty, still awaiting their occupants.
“It’ll be even nicer when people live here and there are children playing on the playground, when there’s life,” said Amy Wicklund, FDL economic developer.
Residents were expected to start moving in this month.
For more information on the supportive housing development, contact D.W. Jones Management Inc. at 218-547-3307.