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Housing Continues To Be A Challenge In Western N.D.

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As North Dakota continues to attract new residents, communities continue to struggle with housing.

This afternoon a roundtable discussion is held in Dickinson to discuss the housing challenges.

Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp along with many community and industry leaders attended the discussion to talk about creative solutions for housing issues.

Dickinson City Administrator, Sean Kessel says it's hard to provide affordable housing when the infrastructure costs are so high.

"With the people coming in that sweet spot seems to be around that $200,000 to $250,000 and when you're paying $60,000 to $70,000 for infrastructure costs for a lot, it doesn't leave you a lot of room to build a house on that lot," Dickinson City Administrator Sean Kessel said.

Kessel says he hopes they can find a way to make it easier for people to get a mortgage.

"When you're dealing with an environment like we are, maybe there's some exceptions that can be made in national law for communities such as Dickinson and Williston and Watford City, there's a lot of smart people out there, a lot of people who were here today who can help us identify ways to make it easier, to make programs easier to do it, and access," Kessel said.

Senator Heitkamp says she hopes this is the first of many roundtable discussions aimed at helping the state provide more affordable housing.

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