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Olmsted County holds Housing Summit in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Area residents got a chance to glance into the crystal ball and see what the future of housing may look like in Rochester, during a housing summit held Wednesday.

The Olmsted County Housing Summit was held at the Rochester International Event Center, and organizers say it was intended for anyone interested in learning more about the need for affordable and workforce housing in Olmsted County.

During the summit, organizers said there were opportunities to discuss potential ways to increase awareness and understanding of current and projected suitable housing needs.

"One of the interesting things that I heard today was the income issue having to pay more than 30 percent of their income for an example either for rent or housing of some sort, and how that has grown. That's going to be a significant factor in how we look at development," Paul Wilson, Olmsted County Commissioner, told KTTC.

The summit featured speakers Warren Hanson, President and CEO of the greater Minnesota Housing Fund as well as the Commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.

The Olmsted County Board said it hopes to bring the community together to find ways to meet the county's continuing housing challenges.

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