Larger housing units are needed to support different size families, including extended family. Instead of building more housing, the city sees potential in investing in what they have and making it work. “The answer has been that we need to really utilize our existing housing stock,” explains Matt Glaesman, Community Development Director. “We need to take advantage of everything, focusing [on] renovation and rehabilitation.” Recognizing that the ratio of square footage to household size was much smaller historically than it has been in recent years, St. Cloud is promoting a ‘use what you’ve got’ mentality by encouraging rehabilitation of the existing housing stock. Updating conditions, accessory structures, converting attics into bedrooms, or basements into extra living space all help accommodate larger families. Assistance programs help low-income households obtain these needed renovations.