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    Wyoming Community Development Authority moving forward with statewide strategic action plan for housing

    The Wyoming Community Development Authority is working on creating a statewide strategic action plan to help address the need for additional housing in the state.

    That need was identified as part of a statewide housing assessment the Authority completed in February, WCDA Executive Director Scott Hoversland told the Wyoming Legislature’s Regulatory Reduction Task Force during a meeting last week in Jackson.

    The housing needs assessment showed that about 50,000 households in the state currently have “a housing problem,” Hoversland said – meaning their housing costs are higher than 30 percent of their income, their home is overcrowded, or they lack adequate kitchen or sewer facilities, for example.

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    The assessment also showed that, by 2030, Wyoming will need between 20,500 and 30,800 additional housing units to meet economic growth, he said.

    The strategic action plan will help the WCDA identify strategies that could be implemented over the coming years to help meet that need for additional housing in Wyoming, Hoversland said.

    He noted that the WCDA plans to work with its partner agencies across the state to develop the strategic action plan so it’s relevant to all Wyoming cities, towns and counties, which face unique housing challenges based on their locations, economies, demographics and more.

    The breakdown of housing needs by city and county is available here.

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    The WCDA has also applied for federal funding that local governments could use to create their own strategic housing plans, Hoversland added.

    “We haven’t heard anything back as to how much of that money we can access, but hopefully we’ll hear that in the next couple of months (so) cities around the state can … participate in getting some of that money,” he said.

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