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Williston shelter program for men won’t operate this winter

WILLISTON, N.D. — A program in Williston that for the past two winters helped temporarily homeless men with shelter won’t operate this winter.

The organizers of Project Heat tell the Williston Herald the oil industry slowdown combined with falling rents and more available housing in the oil patch hub have reduced the need for the service.

Project Heat was aimed at single men who were seeking jobs or having trouble finding housing despite earning a regular paycheck. The Salvation Army and several Williston-area churches organized it in 2013 with the help of numerous volunteers. A local crew camp provided 10 beds for the program.

Pastor Chris Swarthout at New Hope Church says the effort began when hotel and rental rates were “just ridiculous.” Rates have fallen as more housing has come online.

In related news, Halliburton lays off Williston workers; how many not known.

Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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  1. So when and who decided rent not ridiculous in the Bakken anymore? We only are beaten by NYC Manhattan not Burroughs not Los Angeles not Chicago…… this is just funny that people would believe rent is reasonable.

  2. It has come down quite a bit, it’s close to wages now

  3. So now what: do these men sleep in the streets, under the snow?

  4. Ummm camper 20ft long rents for 600 a month VERY REASONABLE lol

  5. In 2010 I paid 1300 for a 4bdr house with a yard same house rents 4500 now and wages have declined drastically. Sorry but trying to stay here is killing everyone. Greed is an ugly thing. Most people just want to work and raise their families but since the state government has no ethics committee nor price gouging laws makes it harder each year. They will learn just like in the 80s Greed has took over.