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“Our waiting list is shorter than it has ever been, so if you are a qualifying renter who needs rental assistance, now is a great time to add your name,” said Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corp. Housing Specialist Robyn Beck in a news release.
The Detroit Lakes Housing and Redevelopment Authority is looking for more applicants for its rental assistance program. The housing director said qualifying applicants would limit the amount of rent they would pay to 30% of their income with the authority picking up the rest of the cost.
The Detroit Lakes area chapter of Habitat for Humanity has reorganized under a new name: The Fuller Center for Housing. The new nonprofit chapter is in the process of recruiting board members and raising funds for its new housing project.
All property types across Otter Tail County will see their estimated market values rise between 15-30%, according to an Otter Tail County Assessor's Office report. The county's chief deputy assessor said their new valuations are based on sales from the previous year and are entirely dependent on market forces.

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Owners of Lakecrest Resort in Detroit Lakes have received unanimous approval from the city Planning Commission to turn the resort's 18 cabins into buyer-owned housing units. The preliminary plat, corresponding rezoning and variances will make their way to the community development committee next, before a meeting of the full city council on Feb. 8.
Two residents of the Jackson apartments, at 1210 Jackson Avenue in Detroit Lakes, have recently gone public with their complaints about ongoing health hazards in the building. The residents said they tried to work with the Fargo-based management company, but became frustrated when their concerns were met with delays and unprofessional repairs. Now, they are trying to raise awareness about the conditions of the building in a hope that changes will be made and new prospective tenets won't suffer the same unhealthy conditions.
According to the criminal complaint, Timothy Stoll, 64, swindled property worth more than $35,000 from Dan Hokanson, a house builder with D&M Roofing Company, around Dec. 15, 2015.
The funds were made available by the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act. More than $450 million was appropriated for this grant program. Nine other Minnesota tribes also received funding.
A proposed three-story, 41-unit senior living condominium on the east side of Lake Melissa has alarmed property owners and caused the Lakes Melissa and Sallie Improvement Association to hire a law firm to fight the project.
City councilors have approved a new 10% rental cap that they say will help provide homeownership opportunities in town, but opponents say it's a discriminatory, "exclusionary policy" that goes too far.

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A controversial plan to build a 22-unit housing development on Village Lane sparked more than an hour of lively debate at Tuesday night's meeting of the Detroit Lakes City Council, which ended with Mayor Matt Brenk voting to break a 4-4 tie and green-light the project.
Because of the partial government shutdown, the Becker County Housing Authority had to scramble to make sure landlords got paid this month for renters in the subsidized Section 8 housing program.
A 10,880-square-foot retail and residential development has been proposed on south Washington Avenue. The four-story building, dubbed Midtown Development, will take a big part of the block and replace two vacant buildings -- Burnside's bar and th...

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