The True North Corporation has big plans to renovate nearly 50 homes over the next seven years.
They will be joined by the HEART Program, which has been working for nearly a decade to renovate homes in low-income areas.
Executive Director Chris Happ Olson is excited about the chance to work on this major project saying, “It’s so important that we focus on that north end and I think the true north project joins the heart program in being able to make a huge impact in places that people can live that are close to services and schools.”
Happ Olson and long time resident Chuck Harris are anxious to see the changes that the project will bring to the community.
Harris spoke about the project saying, “It’s probably trying to take those properties who are the worst of the worst, that are barely habitable or shouldn’t really be habitable properties and taking them out.”
While some worry about the displacement of residents, Happ Olson and Harris see no concerns with this.
When asked about gentrification, Happ Olson said, “I think we need to involve the residents that are already there. We have a lot of housing in Dubuque, we do not have a lot of quality housing in Dubuque.”