Judy Osbakken, executive director of the Two Harbors Housing and Redevelopment Authority, recently received the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials’ 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award during the group’s fall conference Sept. 12-14 in Duluth.
Osbakken became the executive director of the THHRA, which oversees the Bayview Terrace apartment building, which has received several grants over the past few years to make major upgrades to the public housing facility.
Since 2014, Bayview has received more than $1.25 million in grants through Minnesota Housing’s Publicly Owned Housing Program (POHP). Bayview recently finished with a $1.06 million grant for the installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system as well as new fire-rated doors in each apartment and LED lighting throughout the property.
“It really brought a lot of fresh air into each unit,” Osbakken said. “That’s something we’ve never had before. With a building built back in 1968, it was never designed to bring in fresh air.”
Bayview received another POHP grant in 2017 for $288,000 to modernize the building’s elevators.
The building also received a $55,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to improve the security in the building and parking lot.
Osbakken works with the city of Two Harbors and Lake County to administer Neighborhood Revitalization Grants. Homeowners in the city limits of Two Harbors can apply for grants of up to $500 to make exterior repairs and improvements to their homes, such as replacing a window or door, painting their home or constructing a deck.