Housing and workforce can be very limited in rural parts of Missouri. The state is thinking about taking an approach to help solve both of these challenges.

The Missouri House Committee on Rural Community Development is reviewing a bill sponsored by Rep. Greg Sharpe, R-Ewing, that would create a workforce housing grant program in rural communities.

“It’s an attempt to get stick-build houses back into some areas that economic wise, it’s pretty tough to get developers to build houses up in our area. If you’re close to Quincy or close to the edge of a metro area, those houses don’t have near the kind of risks that you do when you get outstate,” Sharpe said.

Under the proposed $30 million grant program, lawmakers would decide whether to fund the program annually.

“The one advantage to the rural areas is we have a demand for this type of housing, we have a demand for that type of life experience to go back to the smaller community,” he said.

The committee has not yet voted on House Bill 2240.

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