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Cannon airmen faced with housing squeeze and rising rates

Tim Farmer, Chief of Capital Asset Management at Cannon Air Force Base Tim Farmer, Chief of Capital Asset Management at Cannon Air Force Base

Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Clovis, New Mexico - Too many people and not enough housing is a battle airmen at Cannon Air Force Base continue to fight. The shortage is only getting worse, as rental rates in Clovis are increasing.

A local realtor tells us there is less than a one percent rate of vacant rental properties in Clovis. Meanwhile, rental rates have recently gone up at least 20 percent.

Most of the housing on base is full as well, so new airmen and their families are faced with very little options. Tim Farmer, Chief of Capital Asset Management at Cannon Air Force Base says, "They have a choice to either rent above their housing allowance and take money out of pocket, especially for your utilities and your rental insurance, or they can rent under their housing allowance in a less desirable area."

Farmer believes the housing shortage is because of a growing population in Clovis. The military population itself has grown by at least a thousand. The base is putting several plans into action however, to help alleviate the housing squeeze.

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