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A UW-Extension educator says an alternative for quality, mid-range housing could be come popular in the Northwoods where that type of housing isn't in large supply.

Oneida County Extension's Myles Alexander describes a growing trend called a Community Land Trust...

"....it's a land trust where an entity, a non-profit, or municipality owns the land where buildings sit. It can be homes, single-family, multi-family, different kinds. There can be business mixed in. The people who occupy the homes purchase a long-term lease for the land their building sits on...."

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Oneida county has renewed its membership a regional consortium designed to improve housing in the Northwoods.

Tuesday the board approved a resolution joining again with Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Vilas and three other counties in the CDBG Consortium.

More than $2 million has been awarded to this area to improve housing conditions.

The state Division of Housing spokesperson Stephanie Marquis says the money in this area is part of $15 million administered through the state for the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The program is designed to provide money to address affordable housing and community development.