Executive director of affordable housing in Manistique retires
MANISTIQUE, Mich. (WLUC) - After 31 years of dedication to affordable housing, the Executive Director of the Manistique Housing Commission, Kathleen Schuetter retired Friday.
“I started at the Manistique Housing Commission in March 1990,” Schuetter said. “And I’ve stayed here my whole career.”
Surrounded by family and friends, Schuetter entered into the next stage of her life.
She has helped provide affordable housing in the Manistique community for the last three decades.
“We pay a portion of the rent directly to the landlord every month,” Schuetter said.
When Schuetter first started working with the housing office, there were only 60 public housing units available in Manistique. Now, because of her tenacity, there are 124. She made an impact one unit at a time.
“By helping pay somebody’s rent,” she said. “We give them extra money to spend on things they wouldn’t have otherwise.”
Schuetter, also, said she built bonds that will last a lifetime.
“We’ve become friends with our tenants,” she said. “I have extra grandparents. Extra friends.”
She left the roadmap of success behind for those following in her footsteps. Erin Beckman has worked with Schuetter for 11 years as her Administrative Assistant.
“There’s a lot behind the scenes that I know that the community doesn’t realize how much we put into our buildings, our properties and Section 8 and helping the community,” Beckman said. “She’s taught me all of that.”
“I look to her for everything,” Beckman said. “So, she will be missed by the office staff and many of the tenants.”
Beckman will be taking over as the new Executive Director of the Manistique Housing Commission starting Monday.
“I definitely have big shoes to fill with Kathy leaving,” Beckman said.
During retirement, Schuetter plans on riding motorcycles with her husband and baby sitting her grandkids.
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