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Vehicles pass through downtown Laramie on April 16, 2015 after a winter storm brought heavy snow the previous day.  

LARAMIE (WNE) — A shortage of housing in Laramie has led to a lack of affordable options, according to city staff.

Most of the Laramie City Council’s work session Tuesday was made up of two presentations on housing. The first was from John Batey, director of affordable housing development from the Wyoming Community Development Authority, a housing finance agency. The WCDA could provide financing options to developers building projects catered to lower-income households.

The second was from Charles Bloom, city of Laramie principal planner. His presentation was on the 15-year housing plan, which started in 2015. So far, Bloom said they found Laramie’s population has increased by about 2,000 from 2010-2017, while new housing development has not kept up with the growing population.

Councilor Bryan Shuster said he was worried about the rising prices of housing in Laramie.

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