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Terrebonne facing housing shortage during business boom

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Houma, La. -- In the last two years, Global Industrial Services has grown from 13 employees to 130.  There are jobs for even more people but the company faces a problem not uncommon in Terrebonne Parish -- where to house all those workers.

GIS began renting apartments for its employees.  Chief Operating Officer Eddy Diaz says now the company is competing with others, not only for business but for affordable housing.

Terrebonne's Planning Director Pat Gordon says supply just isn't keeping up with demand.

"Some of the companies said that if they had housing for 1,000 new workers, they'd put them to work tomorrow," says Gordon.

A 2010 study commissioned by the parish showed apartment complexes nearly at capacity and many charging maximum rent.  A one-bedroom on the west side of Houma can rent for $900 or more. Developers haven't built a complex on the east side, near much of the industry, for nearly 20 years.

Gordon says many developers are waiting on FEMA to finalize its flood maps. Those will determine the necessary elevations for new construction. In the meantime, he says, there are a few projects in the works.

The Zoning Commission approved a preliminary site plan for Cameron Isles. The complex would add 216 apartments on Houma's west side. Gordon expects construction to begin sometime next year.

Non-profit group Options for Affordable Housing is building new homes in blighted neighborhoods. The group recently turned over the keys to one house near Tunnel Boulevard and plans to break ground on two duplexes next month.

"These houses can work for people with disabilities, elderly, workers needing housing, young couples starting out," says Options CEO Barry Chauvin. "The mortgage, the note on this house, would be under $600 a month."

The construction can't come fast enough for the many companies hiring here. But when so many other places around the country are cutting back, a surplus of jobs isn't a bad problem to have.

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