Growing pains in rural Oklahoma: Interim study addresses lack of housing
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OKLAHOMA CITY – The future growth of western Oklahoma could depend on the area’s ability to attract housing developers, a problem that Panhandle Regional Economic Development Coalition Executive Director Vicki Ayres-McCune has been working on for 20 years.
“We’re growing and continue to grow on an even keel,” she said.
She also works with the city of Guymon, which is seeing the same problem as many other rural communities. Guymon residents are making too much money to qualify for affordable low-income housing. However, they aren’t making enough to afford the mortgage on a $300,000 home.