By Bob Beck
Sheridan, WY – A rural development specialist thinks Wyoming's biggest challenge is to admit there is a housing problem in the state. Theresa Bardwell is with the Rural Community Assistance Corporation. In her travels across Wyoming, she's noticed the sentiment that housing shortages will simply go away. But Bardwell says houses being built are too expensive for the average worker. She says that is the one thing the state and communities need to fix. Bardwell says solutions include long term planning, local partnerships and funding help from the state. She says community groups need to work with developers and others to not only build affordable housing, but to keep it affordable.