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FILE - In this JulY 13, 2011 file photo, homes flooded by the Souris River are shown in Minot, N.D. (Getty Images via NewsCred)

Affordable housing lacking in Minot after 2011 flooding

MINOT, N.D. — New housing built since the 2011 Souris River flood in Minot has not kept up with the demand for affordable housing.

The Minot Daily News reports that the flood four years ago damaged some of the city’s more affordable neighborhoods. Minot Housing Authority Executive Director Tom Alexander says new housing built since then for low- to moderate-income families hasn’t been enough to replace the vouchered rental housing lost in the flood.

Nearly 600 people and families are on a Housing Authority waiting list for help. Alexander doesn’t know where those people are staying. The typical waiting time for housing assistance is between nine months and a year.

Some progress is being made. Eighty units of lower-income housing are currently under construction. But Alexander says demand for them is high.

In related news, Minot may soon be North Dakota’s fourth metropolitan area.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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