"There's an exponential effect that takes place when you bring in new jobs or create new jobs. You also have the need for additional outside jobs,” said Mike Running, Executive Director of the Dumas Economic Development Corporation.
“As those numbers increased over the last several years, the housing hasn't kept pace,” said Running.
“It's not just the affordable housing that we're hurting, it's all levels,” said Running.
"If you have businesses that are looking at to come to Dumas, that's one of the priorities they look at,” said Pat Sims, Mayor of Dumas.
"We've been helping them recruit businesses in. Some of those businesses are looking at 20 to 30 new jobs,” said Running. “As those jobs come in, Texas Northwest has to hire on more people and expand their operations."
"We have a list of realtors and then people in our community who have rental properties, and we try to get our new employees hooked up with one of those people on the list,” said Phil Guerra, the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel for the Dumas Independent School District.
"Our hope is that when people see the demand for housing here, some regional developers or even national developers for that matter will catch wind and look at the opportunities to build new housing,” said Running.