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New federal prison helps create housing boom in W.Va. county




WELCH, W.Va.

Jobs at a new federal prison and in coal mines are fueling a need for housing in one of West Virginia’s poorest counties.

Joe Hatfield, executive director of the state Housing Development Fund, says the agency is working with area builders to develop 30 housing sites on Tom’s Mountain in Welch.

The $232 million prison is scheduled to be completed next year and companies are mining more coal while demand and prices are high.

Hatfield says the land has public water and sewer. The site previously served as temporary housing for people displaced by the floods of 2001.

The development would be one of the largest in McDowell County, which has a per capita income of about $16,000.


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