Area Non-Profits Feel the High Rent Pinch 8/2/13
CBS 7 News
August 2, 2013
Midland, TX - High rent prices are affecting everyone.
From apartments to homes, some are being priced out.
Now even area-non-profit groups are also struggling to find a place to call home after some office rent price increased.
Willie Taylor with workforce solutions says their building at the Claydesta Plaza in Midland was bought out and their lease was terminated. Now he says there is an empty building waiting for new clientele to pay the higher rent.
“We looked all over Midland,” Taylor said, “The building costs are so expensive we really can't afford that when you're dealing with taxpayer’s money.”
The non-profit group's Midland office was forced to move down the street to Midland College. Willie says they down sized in space and in employees for that area, but is fortunate it is in close vicinity to the students they've been helping
“For some of the students going into the training all I need to do is get enrolled into workforce and then getting to the technical area of training,” Taylor said.
The building in the Claydesta Plaza also housed the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Area 211, West Texas Opportunities and The Area Health group.
The solution? Willie Taylor says we will have to wait until the supply meets the demand.
“The nonprofits will continue to struggle for quite some time,” he said, “Until you see the supply and demand catch up.”
As far as new locations for the other non-profits, DARS has moved to the health and human services office.
West Texas Opportunities moved to the Midland CASA office and the area health group also moved to Midland College.
CBS 7 is still working to get 211's new Midland location, but can confirm they are still operating.