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Published August 15, 2011, 07:12 PM

Students, Workers Face Housing Crunch in Thief River Falls

Students at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls are feeling the affects of a housing crunch. And it's not just the shortage of housing that is the problem.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Students at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls are feeling the affects of a housing crunch. And it's not just the shortage of housing that is the problem.

With the corporation Digi-Key adding new jobs, the demand for apartments has gone up.

That means less space for students returning this fall for school at NCTC.

The other part of the problem is affordability.

Dean of Student Development Steve Crittenden says the up-front cost of many apartments can be around a $1,000.

Many students on financial aid don't have that money right at the start of school.

Thief River Falls officials say they are working to bring more affordable housing to town.

"The college has been saying for years they have a housing issue. Now with the UAS program and other new programs that Northland is creating, more students are coming," TRF community development director Michael Moore said.

Crittenden says NCTC has set up a new program this year for students on finacial aid that allows them to borrow up to 800 dollars to be used to get into an apartment.

Construction is set to begin on a 41-unit apartment building next month.

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