State Housing Agency Secures Counseling Grant

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) has secured a $119,600 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant that will support housing counseling services statewide.

The funds will be split between six affiliate organizations:

  • Community Action Program Region VII of Bismarck, $15,777;
  • Community Action Partnership of Dickinson, $28,012;
  • Grand Forks Housing Authority of Grand Forks, $46,791;
  • Community Action Opportunities of Minot, $12,727;
  • South Eastern North Dakota Community Action Agency of Fargo, $12,727; and
  • Family Life Services, Inc. of West Fargo, $3,566.

“The grant recipients aid individuals and families in making informed housing decisions,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA acting executive director. “These organizations offer financial literacy training, provide assistance to renters and homeless persons, and assist households of modest means in becoming and remaining homeowners.”

HUD’s housing counseling grants are awarded annually through a competitive process. The organizations that apply must be preapproved by the federal agency and are subject to biennial performance reviews to maintain the approved status.

National and regional organizations including state housing finance agencies like NDHFA are typically responsible for the distribution of the grant funding to the community-based organizations that provide guidance to low- and moderate-income households seeking to improve their housing situation. The larger entities also help improve the quality of the counseling services and enhance coordination among the providers.

The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Gov. Jack Dalrymple, as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees NDHFA.

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