Along Those Lines: Filling the Rural Housing Gap

A home under construction is the first at a new “3D village” being built with help from Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative in John Day, Oregon. (Photo By: Charles McKenna)

Many rural areas in the U.S. are seeing a sustained wave of prospective new residents as part of a pandemic-era trend away from crowded urban areas and toward the country’s picturesque small cities and towns. While this is a promising development for businesses, including electric cooperatives, it has a major downside: Many of these newcomers are finding it nearly impossible to relocate because of a growing shortage of available and affordable housing in these regions.

This episode is sponsored by GridLiance.

What’s causing this unprecedented housing gap? And what are rural leaders, including electric co-ops, doing to combat this worrisome trend?

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