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Watford City Looks To Fix Housing Shortage

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In Watford City, there are issues with housing just like any other city in the Bakken. The one way the city is trying to address that is by building countless housing projects.

Watford City is growing as fast as most places in the Bakken. The problem is people still come here without much options on where to live.

“It's really unfortunate for all the people that have come here," says Josie Linseth. “If I would go try to get a house of my own, I would not be able to.”

“The housing situation is crazy,” says Cassandra Larson. “I lucked out. We did buy a house a year ago, but it’s crazy. We went from $700 to $1,700, so it was either buy a house or go back home to Minnesota, and that was not going to happen.”

Some people just decide to buy houses like Larson or wait until some housing projects are finished being built. The city has a plan in place to try and solve this problem.

“This year's a big year as far as residential housing goes for Watford City,” says Seth Sampson. “We've had roughly a 1,000 permits polled or issued just for residential this year. We're expecting over 2,000 residential permits be issued for this year for this summer.”

Most of the building will be done in the summer, but some is being done now. The city wants more people to buy single family homes, but having more options helps.

“I think it’s great,” says Larson. “Not everybody is in the oil field, so the ones just working at Taco Johns or here. We can't afford the high rates, but they need it.”

There are townhouses, apartments and single family homes being built all around town. With the amount being built, the hope is that prices will also go down.

Sampson does not know when the housing projects will be complete, but the building will take place in the summer.

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