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Cook County PHHS and HRA aim to improve existing housing stock for community members in need

Jul 29, 2022 10:58AM ● By Content Editor
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From Cook County Public Offices - July 29, 2022

Grand Marais, MN, July 29, 2022 Cook County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS), along with the Cook County Housing Redevelopment Agency (HRA) are convening a coalition of groups and individuals with a goal to improve existing housing stock for community members in need.  Specifically, they are looking to better understand needs and identify resources related to:

  • Energy-efficiency
  • Housing rehabilitation
  • Healthy homes assessments and mitigation

PHHS has received grant funds to support healthy housing in the community. Currently public health staff are working on developing assessment, referral, and mitigation tools as they prepare to pilot this project. They would like to explain more about the project, and broaden the scope of the conversation to include other work that shares the overarching goal of improving existing housing stock and, by extension, the health of those already living here. They are also hoping that community members can serve as advisors to the public health team as they prepare to pilot a Healthy Homes project with the goal of successfully meeting the needs of those most impacted by housing instability and housing-based health threats. 

PHHS and HRA are hoping to engage multiple perspectives from the community as they build the capacity to address the link between health and housing in Cook County. 

The Cook County HRA wants to know what housing rehab and repair needs exist in the community. This survey will help us determine what resources may or may not be needed to help preserve our housing stock and improve the health and safety of the homes we live in. Here is the link to the survey:

The Healthy Housing Network will meet monthly through June of 2023 via Zoom to provide feedback on the health housing assessment, the referral process, as well as create a service map with local health housing support resources for homeowners, renters, and property managers. 

Please contact Andrea Orest, Public Health Educator, at [email protected] or 218-220-5536 by Friday, August 5th if interested in joining the Healthy Housing Network or would like more information. 


About Cook County, MN

Cook County encompasses the sovereign nation of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; the City of Grand Marais; the Townships of Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder; and unincorporated areas in the easternmost part of Minnesota’s North Shore. Cook County Government values transparency and strives to deliver superior services and programs in a fiscally responsible way. We value the dignity of all County residents and seek to create a community that provides opportunity for all. Many of our offices are in the Cook County Courthouse at 411 W 2nd St, Grand Marais 55604. Other departments and facilities, such as the Airport, Community Center, Highway and Sheriff are located nearby. Call 218-387-3000 or visit:

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