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Published March 28, 2013, 08:43 AM

Heitkamp: Affordable housing a priority in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has urged North Dakota's Legislature to make affordable housing a priority.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has urged North Dakota's Legislature to make affordable housing a priority.

The North Dakota Democrat addressed both chambers at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Heitkamp says North Dakota's oil boom has brought workers to the state. But she says their families are left behind in other states because of the lack of housing in North Dakota.

Heitkamp tells The Associated Press that the number of homes in North Dakota needs to increase by more than 30 percent in the next decade to keep pace with population growth statewide.

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