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EXCERPT: “Rochester is in the middle of a massive construction boom, adding glitzy residential and commercial space. But most residents in the southeastern Minnesota city say there’s not enough affordable housing being built. That’s one of the findings of a new survey commissioned by the City Council. One church has taken on the mission of helping to fill the gap. Rochester’s newest affordable housing apartments are on the wooded campus of a former Bible college. And they rent for as little as $575 with utilities included — an unheard of sum in Rochester’s tight housing market. Jeff Urban, Bear Creek Christian Church outreach pastor, has been sprucing up a cluster of student dorm rooms that have been converted into a four-bedroom, 1.5 bath unit. ‘There isn’t much living space up here. That’s why we opened up the downstairs to make a bigger living space, which is much better for a family,’ Urban said.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2NXTN54