New housing report is a call to action

With Allen County's major industries clamoring for employees, the timing couldn't be worse for a severe housing shortage.

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January 5, 2022 - 9:55 AM

A dilapidated, vacant house in LaHarpe. A statewide housing report shows 22.44% of houses in Allen County are in poor or worse condition. The county has a high vacancy rate of 12.9%, but that’s attributed to having so many houses that are uninhabitable. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

The long-awaited state housing and marketing report brought some pretty dismal news for Southeast Kansas. 

It takes two incomes to afford a house here — if you can find one. Our housing stock is old with little to no new construction occurring. 

And with Allen County’s major industries clamoring for more employees, the timing couldn’t be worse. The jobs are waiting, but people gotta have a place to live.

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