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Panelists: Housing crisis hamstrings economic growth in Montana

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The lack of housing in Montana is stifling economic development because potential employees can’t find places to live, so even businesses that offer high salaries and want to expand can’t grow.

That’s according to a couple of panelists who presented this week as part of a housing affordability panel to the Local Government Committee of the Montana Legislature.

“This has been a growing issue for years and decades in the state, and it’s clearly boiling over at this point,” said Andrea Davis, executive director of Homeword, which creates and preserves homes in the state and teaches homebuyer education.

 

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