WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - An influx of Marcellus Shell drilling workers is creating a housing shortage in Wheeling for residents who are eligible for federal rental assistance.
The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register (http://bit.ly/zy5MlD ) reports that Wheeling Housing Authority officials discussed the problem Wednesday at a meeting of the agency's Board of Commissioners.
Wheeling has 382 rental units available for residents who are eligible for Section 8 vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Authority Executive Director Randall Geese says that's down by about 10 from a year ago.
Geese says gas and oil drilling workers can pay an inflated amount for rent and there's a high demand for long-term housing. That's making it difficult to find new rental units for Section 8-eligible residents.