#Homes4AllMN housing story: “It’s like when you’ve fallen off a boat and someone throws you a life preserver.”
- Created: Monday, 12 March 2018 16:31
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
The blog below is cross-posted from Homes for All MN. Homes for All MN collects and shares housing stories to to show lawmakers the challenges Minnesotans are facing when it comes to having a safe, stable and affordable home. By sharing your story, you play a key part in gaining the support and understanding of elected officials and furthering Homes for All's mission to advance housing stability for all Minnesotans. Sue's story is part of that effort. Join Sue in sharing your story, and thanks for supporting Homes for All!
Sue’s apartment at 1st Avenue Flats is a monument to her love of felines. Paintings of lions and tigers hang on the walls, and pillows shaped like Siamese cats perch next to their living, breathing counterparts on the couch: Susie Q Susette, Daisy Susette and Little Joey Cupcake Kiki Jr. (a name bestowed by her granddaughter Abby).
Opened in 2017, 1st Avenue Flats has been home to Sue and her three furry companions for nine months. Four percent tax credits and Challenge Funds from Minnesota Housing made the complex possible and affordable to a wide variety of Rochester residents — from Mayo Clinic employees and part-time students to people like Sue, who lives on a fixed income. A Section 8 voucher helps make rent and other daily necessities affordable for Sue, who says places like 1st Avenue are key to supporting community members with disabilities or limited incomes.