Odessa City Council approved a survey on Tuesday to help them gather info on how to lower housing costs and apartment rent in the Permian Basin.

According to NewsWest 9, the problem surfaced earlier this month during a housing summit put on by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce.

“As of today, in the oil field there are 15,000 jobs unoccupied because people cannot find a place to live,” said Betsy Triplett-Hurt of the Odessa Development Corp.

The survey is to help the city find out what they can do to help out the housing problem.

This was done a few years ago and it was discovered that there are 10,000 acres within the city limits of Odessa that are vacant.

The new survey will have an end goal of reasonable priced rent and housing for people in the area.




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