Manistique affordable housing general manager retires
MANISTIQUE, Michigan (WLUC) – After 31 years of dedication to affordable housing, the Executive Director of the Manistique Housing Commission, Kathleen Schuetter, retired on Friday.
“I started on the Manistique Housing Commission in March 1990,” Schuetter said. “And I’ve been here my whole career.
Surrounded by family and friends, Schuetter has entered the next stage of her life.
She has helped provide affordable housing in the Manistique community for the past three decades.
“We pay a portion of the rent directly to the landlord each month,” Schuetter said.
When Schuetter started working with the housing office, there were only 60 social housing units available at Manistique. Now, due to her tenacity, there are 124. She impacted one unit at a time.
“By helping pay someone’s rent,” she says. “We give them extra money to spend on things they wouldn’t otherwise have. “
Schuetter also said she has made bonds that will last a lifetime.
“We have become friends with our tenants,” she said. “I have additional grandparents. Additional friends.
She left behind the road map of success for those who followed in her footsteps. Erin Beckman worked with Schuetter for 11 years as an administrative assistant.
“There’s a lot of stuff behind the scenes that I know the community doesn’t realize how much we’re investing in our buildings, properties and Section 8 and helping the community,” Beckman said. “She taught me all that.
“I look to her for everything,” Beckman said. “So she will be missed by the office staff and many tenants. “
Beckman will take over as the new executive director of the Manistique Housing Commission from Monday.
“I definitely have some big shoes to fill with Kathy’s departure,” Beckman said.
During her retirement, Schuetter plans to ride motorcycles with her husband and babysit her grandchildren.
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