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The large number of people entering or living in the United States illegally is exacerbating the housing crisis, even in areas far from the border such as Ohio.

Springfield City Manager Bryan Heck has sent an urgent letter to U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) requesting federal assistance. Despite the city’s ongoing progress on housing projects, the sheer number of migrants arriving and living in the area has strained resources to the limit.

“Springfield has experienced population growth due to immigration that has significantly impacted our ability as a community to provide sufficient housing for all,” Heck wrote. “Springfield’s Haitian population has grown to 15,000 to 20,000 over the past four years, in a community of just under 60,000 residents previously. This places a significant strain on our resources and our ability to provide sufficient housing for all of our residents.”

Springfield City Manager Bryan Heck sent an urgent letter requesting federal assistance to U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Getty Images
“Springfield has experienced a population surge due to immigration that has significantly impacted our ability as a community to provide enough housing for all,” Heck wrote. ungvar – stock.adobe.com
Heck wrote that population growth “places a significant strain on our resources and our ability to provide adequate housing for all of our residents.” REUTERS

Senator JD Vance (R-Ohio) presented the letter Tuesday at a Senate Banking Committee hearing as an example of how rising numbers are reducing supply and increasing housing costs.

Vance noted that Springfield is “trying to build 5,000 new housing units, which is a herculean task in a city of about 55,000 people, but it’s also about hospital care and school care. I think this immigration issue has very real human consequences in many ways.”

Since January 2021, an estimated 12 million people from more than 150 countries have entered the country illegally.