About / Get Involved / Contact Us / Login

Kandiyohi County needs more workforce housing

By Shelby Lindrud

West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — According to a 2015 housing study, the population of Kandiyohi County has grown by 398 households since 2010 and is expected to grow another 299 households by 2020. Those new arrivals will need somewhere to live and, based on the study, that might not be an easy find.

“I think the housing we have is very stressed,” said Jill Bengston, Kandiyohi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority executive director, during a discussion last week.

Bruce Peterson, Willmar Planning and Development director, said Willmar’s unemployment rate sits at around 3 percent, below the state and national average, and businesses are still looking for workers.

The low availability of affordable, market-rate housing, whether to buy or rent, can cause those employees to live outside of Kandiyohi County.

“Absence of affordable housing keeps those commuting as commuters,” Peterson said.

 

For the complete article visit the West Central Tribune online:
 

http://www.wctrib.com/news/local/4017094-kandiyohi-county-needs-more-workforce-housing



«Return to Main News Page
Testimonials
From our community volunteers

I am excited to make a difference and feel confident to do so!

Alumni, Inaugural Class of 2015

“We are proud to be part of the Vision 2040 effort here at the community foundation because it aligns with our core mission to engage people, connect resources and build community. It was an easy choice to invest not only financial resources to support Vision 2040 but also to lend significat board and staff time to help drive this effort forward. It's transforming our communities for the future our residents dream about-using their ideas and energies to make good things happen organically in real time and for years to come-and we want to be part of making that possible!”

Sara Carlson, Willmar Area Community Foundation

“I'm honored to be part of Vision 2040 and the team that is forging the future of the Willmar Lakes Area community. We are a strong vibrant community that works hard and works together through partnerships and collaborative efforts. This spark of leadership for this is caused by people willing to risk failure to reach for success. We have seen there's no limit to what a group can do if the individuals don't care who gets the credit.”

Ken Warner, Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Recent Article Posts
Keeping You In The Loop
What's on your MNyou?
MNyou, pronounced menu, is a group of young leaders from the Willmar region whose focus is on community health and local food. ...
Volunteers Needed for Playground Build
We need you! The Willmar Playground committee is in need of volunteers! Register today!...
Patty Wetterling at Life Connections
Patty Wetterling is the featured speaker at the Life Connections event taking place at the Willmar Civic Center on Friday, April 21st at noon. The event...
Community Conversation About Difference at Ridgewater College
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. In a world that seems increasingly fragmented and where our differences frequently divide us, this will...
WeLEAD April - Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day
Join us for the April 19th, 2017 WeLEAD event featuring Jasmine Brett Stringer, principal and founder of lifestyle brand "Carpe Diem with Jasmine"....