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Killdeer Establishes Affordable Housing

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The oil boom in Western North Dakota is making it difficult for many to find affordable housing.

One community is helping to ease the strain.

This 24 unit apartment complex is located in Killdeer.

It's now home for low to moderate income households and law enforcement.

The housing shortage has made it difficult for highway patrol officers to recruit and retain personnel.

Sgt. Tom Iverson of the North Dakota Highway Patrol anticipates this added housing will be a big help.

"We've entertained ideas of living in man camps, different apartment buildings, mobile home parks, all these things that we had to entertain just to have at least some temporary housing for our troopers. And when something permanent like this, this Prairie Gold Apartments is a beautiful apartment and it'll help keep some of our troopers here," says Sgt. Tom Iverson, ND Highway Patrol.

Some of the amenities include a security entrance, in-unit laundry, and patios.

Community members are hoping to see continued growth and are thankful to have a permanent housing facility for workers and families.

"The challenge of any community in oil country is how do you get those temporary workers to become a permanent part of the community and I think this is one of the critical steps is giving them a housing option so that they don't have to stay in that temporary housing so they can move their families here, become an integrated part of that community," says Jolene Kline of the ND Housing Finance Agency.

Construction of the Prairie Gold Apartments was completed in June and welcomed its first tenants this month.

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