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Published August 15, 2013, 08:10 PM

Heitkamp back in North Dakota to work on a unique catch-22

Congress may be in recesss, but Senator Heidi Heitkamp is back in North Dakota going to work on a unique catch-22. In Western North Dakota, jobs are well-paid and plentiful, but the cost of housing is soaring.

Congress may be in recesss, but Senator Heidi Heitkamp is back in North Dakota going to work on a unique catch-22. In Western North Dakota, jobs are well-paid and plentiful, but the cost of housing is soaring.

For example, a two-bedroom apartment in Williston can run upwards of $2,000 per month. That doesn't leave much left over for someone earning 30,000 dollars a year. So even as people are making money, they can't afford housing, if it's even available. To compound the problem, income levels are jumping above federal affordable housing limits, boxing people out of places they could

The Senator says while she's not looking to have North Dakota spend its federal dollars supporting the well-off, the unique housing situation in North Dakota is not being addressed.

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