Gillette Housing Crunch Far From Over

Gillette, Wyoming – The housing shortage in Gillette is still a long way from letting up. That's according to Duane Evenson, the mayor of Gillette. He says the lack of affordable housing is hurting Gillette's ability to recruit more workers. Evenson says workers are coming to Gillette, but they aren't staying. "Well all they can do is live in a motel and after a couple of weeks of living in a motel and not having any success in finding anything that they can afford, a lot of them decide to go back to wherever they had come from," he said. City officials estimate that builders are currently in the process of planning or constructing about one thousand units of housing. But they say it will still take at least three years for the housing stock to catch up with demand.