Local Solutions to Poverty Candidate Forum: Affordable Housing

Nov 15, 2016

Shereeka Smith, joined by her children, tells her story about trying to find affordable housing
Credit ©Lisa Johnson

Low-income Duluthians took center stage at a unique candidate forum in October.  They shared their experiences and struggles with candidates for state and county offices and then asked the candidates - pointedly - for specific commitments and actions on several critical policy measures.

Here, Shereeka Smith shares her story of fleeing the violence of Detroit and trying to make a home in Duluth.

The questions were determined by four public listening sessions over the summer, in the Endion, Morgan Park, Lincoln Park and Central Hillside neighborhoods.  The Duluth Housing Indicator Report showed that those were the neighborhoods with the highest concentrations of people living in poverty.