North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s business manager marks an impressive milestone this month – 50 years of employment with the State of North Dakota.
Shortly after graduating from Bismarck High School in 1963, Delores Hummel began working for the Public Welfare Board, now the North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS).
“When Title XIX Medicaid was enacted in 1966, I was transferred to a newly created Medical Services Division,” said Hummel. “Later, I was assigned as a committee clerk for the peer review committees that established guidelines in implementing Medicaid provisions for physicians, pharmacists, dentists, hospitals and nursing homes in their respective practices.”
Hummel’s affordable housing career path began when she moved within DHS in 1973 to work on an Experimental Housing Allowance Project. North Dakota was one of a handful of states to pilot the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program. What began in only four counties – Burleigh, Cass, Stark and Stutsman – went statewide as the Section 8 Housing Assistance Program (HAP).
In 1980, an initiated measure created the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency within the state’s Industrial Commission. The commission directed Bank of North Dakota to act as the Housing Finance Agency and HAP was transferred to the agency. Hummel was asked to stay on with the program and manage the newly formed housing agency’s administrative needs.
“Each of the positions I have held were challenging and interesting,” Hummel said. “It has provided me with a very rewarding career.”
Hummel has been with the state under seven governors – William Guy, Arthur Link, Allen Olson, George Sinner, Ed Schafer, John Hoeven and Jack Dalrymple. She doesn’t anticipate making it to eight, but then again Hummel didn’t think when she began this journey that she’d mark a half-century of public service either.