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Lawmakers dedicate $10M to help ease housing shortages

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Some of the fastest job growth in Minnesota is happening in cities that -- not coincidentally -- have severe housing shortages.

The Legislature put $10 million into a Housing and Job Growth Initiative fund to help small cities with major employers.

MinnPost reports DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben and Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal were in Roseau Wednesday. Officials estimate the area will need nearly 370 additional housing units by 2020.

"For some communities in Minnesota, support for housing is an important and timely investment for supporting job growth and developing a strong workforce. We know that companies in Roseau and other northwestern Minnesota communities are growing. Stable, affordable housing is critical to their success and future growth," Sieben said in a statement, according to MinnPost.

Warroad, Thief River Falls, Jackson, and Worthington are other candidates where housing shortages are predicted.

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