- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - A hospital in the North Dakota oil patch community of Watford City has completed the construction of an apartment complex built for its employees.

Dan Kelly is the CEO of McKenzie County Healthcare Systems. He says the new apartment complex will allow the health care system to offer its workers an affordable housing alternative.

Eighteen of the apartments in the complex are reserved for essential service workers, those are individuals employed by hospital in lower-wage positions including nurses’ aides and lab technicians. Depending on income and household size, these units will rent for $721 to $1,386 per month.

Rent in the oil patch has skyrocketed since the oil boom began. At the same time, communities in the northwestern portion of the state have seen a housing shortage as people in search of jobs continue to flock to the area.

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