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Pro/Con: Should Victoria move to provide affordable housing?

By Jessica Rodrigo
July 14, 2014 at 2:14 a.m.

Victoria resident Frances Sanchez, 66, sits in her rented apartment of nine years at Casa Del Rio Apartments. Sanchez has to move out by November because the complex has been sold to the University of Houston-Victoria.

Rising prices of rental units are nothing new to Victoria.

However, a letter to the editor published June 17 suggested city officials take action to address Victoria's affordable housing shortage.

Eagle Ford Shale activity has been blamed for the growing gap between the salaries of Victoria residents not in the oil field and rental rates.

Even with the addition of new apartment complexes set to open this year and planned housing subdivisions in the area, prices are expected to continue rising until the supply can catch up with the demand.

In the meantime, should the city create a committee to ensure affordable rates?

Pro: Officials could protect renters from extreme rate hikes

Con: Private businesses should be protected from city oversight

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