The Cook County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) plans a Housing Summit, open to the

community, on September 9 in Grand Marais. The event will be held from 6-8 pm at the Cook County Courthouse in the Commissioners Meeting Room. The meeting will be recorded for later viewing online.

According to Jason Hale, HRA Executive Director, the summit is intended to present and discuss the simple to name, but difficult to solve, current problem of not enough housing in Cook County.

The HRA will present how the county arrived at this housing condition, where the housing situation is currently based on a recently completed and published study, and what the identified community needs are for housing.

They will be followed by a presentation from local developer and HRA board member Chris Skildum and Jeff Corey of One Roof Community Housing. Their experience with housing development and construction in the county will give a real-world perspective on the construction challenges of some of the proposed solutions.

There will be time at the end of the summit for public feedback, questions, and answers.

Hale said, “We are not so much in a serious crisis at the moment, but the potential for a serious crisis is on the horizon if we don’t put systems in place now.”

Hale welcomes public comment and questions leading up to the summit. He can be reached best by email at