From the Director, February 2014

Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director

I would like to thank everyone for the well wishes I’ve received since I took over the Executive Director role permanently in December. Your kindness and enthusiasm have given me even more motivation to continue making North Dakota Housing Finance Agency the best it can be.

In the nine months since I took on the huge task of filling Mike Anderson’s shoes, I have been extremely busy learning much more about all facets of the Agency’s operations, especially homeownership and all the details that go into financing those opportunities for our fellow North Dakotans. I am appreciative of the hardworking Agency staff who take on that task not just as a job, but as a mission. And of course we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our numerous partners. It is all of the lenders, real estate agents, developers, builders, elected officials and housing industry leaders who make housing in North Dakota work.

But it is important to also remember what we are working for – affordable housing opportunities for every North Dakotan. The faces of those renters and homeowners who have a new place to call home are inspiring. So often we hear the stories of those who struggled to find housing and it is heartwarming to know that we had some small part in bringing them home.

North Dakota continues to face housing challenges with headlines announcing city-sized population growth in the past year and homelessness tightening its grip on those with few other options. While we have made great strides alongside our partners in addressing housing issues, certainly there is much more to do.

In that spirit, I want to personally invite you to join us for the 23rd Annual Statewide Housing Conference on Feb. 26-27 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. We have a dynamic conference planned with incredible speakers, timely and informative breakout sessions and, of course, excellent opportunities to network and discuss how together we can all make it “Mission: Possible.”

Again thank you for your friendship, partnership and commitment to achieving our goals. I hope to see you in Bismarck on Feb. 26-27.

Jolene Kline
NDHFA executive director

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