BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency has secured a $133,068 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant that will support housing counseling services statewide.
The funds will be split between three affiliate organizations:
- Community Action Partnership of Dickinson and Williston, $47,624
- Community Action Opportunities of Minot, $46,224
- South Eastern North Dakota Community Action Agency of Fargo, $39,220
“The support these organizations provide helps individuals and families make informed housing decisions,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.
The grant recipients 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.
NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency. More information about NDHFA is available online or by calling (800) 292-8621.