As of Jan. 1 residents of the counties of Burleigh, McKenzie, Morton, Oliver, Sioux, Stark and Williams will be able to take out more money for FHA housing loans. Affordable housing has been an ongoing struggle in the western part of North Dakota, following an oil boom that has caused the population to increase exponentially an extreme amount. This increase in the loan threshold will allow lower to middle income families to more easily afford homes in the area.
Last month, Wooden Bowl II opened in New Town, a 20-unit apartment complex complemented by the new recently-constructed bypass. It was funded by the MHA Nation oil income. Its construction has alleviated some of the housing stress that the reservation has experienced since the implementation of hydraulic fracturing in the state changed its economic landscape forever. More housing will also be coming to Killdeer, ND by the end of next July.