Champions of Affordable Housing Recognized

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) recognized several lending partners and housing advocates as Champions of Affordable Housing at the 23rd Annual Statewide Housing Conference on Feb. 27.

“North Dakota has experienced dramatic changes in recent years, and the Housing Finance Agency’s challenge to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for every North Dakotan has grown substantially,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who presented the awards on behalf of the North Dakota Industrial Commission.

NDHFA’s lender awards are based on participation in its homeownership programs and involvement in locally sponsored affordable housing projects and events. In addition to honoring lending institutions that originated the loans, mortgage loan officers that actively promoted the agency’s programs were also recognized.

The lending institutions recognized include Dakota Community Bank & Trust, First Community Credit Union, Gate City Bank, and Security First Bank of North Dakota.  Individual loan officers honored were Gail Jacobson and Laura Dwyer of Bismarck, Kathie Dunn and Mary Radenz of Jamestown, and Debby Wisdom of Mandan.

Wolf Run Village in Watford City was recognized with a Housing Production Award. The city, county and school district formed a non-profit organization to implement the construction and operation of the 42-unit apartment complex to provide affordable housing for local government employees.

John Phillips of Beulah was recognized with the Leadership Award. Phillips has served fulltime as a real estate development specialist for Lutheran Social Services Housing since 2010. His advocacy on behalf of the organization has helped put six affordable housing projects in place in Western North Dakota.

Former NDHFA Executive Director Mike Anderson, who retired in May 2013, was honored with an Achievement Award.

“Mike was a tireless advocate for affordable housing to meet North Dakota’s most critical needs,” said Goehring. “His accomplishments as the Housing Finance Agency’s executive director were many and I think he went into retirement knowing that through his leadership the agency has and will continue to make a difference for thousands of families across North Dakota.”

NDHFA began recognizing its housing partners with the Champion of Affordable Housing Awards in 1995. For more information on the awards or other agency programs, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or http://www.ndhfa.org.

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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