Hospital’s Employee Housing Project is Complete

Dan Kelly, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems' CEO thanks the state for its support of the hospital's employee apartment complex.

Dan Kelly, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems’ CEO, thanks the state for its support of the hospital’s employee apartment complex.

WATFORD CITY, ND – McKenzie County Healthcare Systems and North Dakota Housing Finance Agency celebrated the completion of the hospital’s employee apartment complex today.

“We are thankful for the development assistance afforded us by the State of North Dakota,” said Dan Kelly, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems CEO. “Through the state’s participation in the project, we can now offer our workers an affordable housing alternative.”

McKenzie County Healthcare Systems received $1.83 million from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund to support the construction of the $6.3 million development. NDHFA is the program administrator.

Eighteen of the apartments in the 24-plex are reserved specifically for Essential Service Workers – individuals employed by the medical facility in lower-wage positions including nurses’ aides and lab technicians.

Eighteen of the apartments in the 24-plex are reserved specifically for Essential Service Workers – individuals employed by the medical facility in lower-wage positions including nurses’ aides and lab technicians.

Eighteen of the apartments in the 24-plex are reserved specifically for Essential Service Workers – individuals employed by the medical facility in lower-wage positions including nurses’ aides and lab technicians. Depending on income and household size, these units will rent for $721 to $1,386 per month. The apartment complex is located at 318 10th Ave NE, Watford City.

“To have healthy communities, we must have housing that is affordable for essential employees such as medical staff, teachers and law enforcement personnel,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “Without the housing needed to recruit and retain these workers, quality of life in growing communities deteriorates rapidly.”

Earlier this month, NDHFA announced that it has awarded HIF conditional commitments to 24 new developments. Two of the projects – Wolf Run Village II and Watford City Apartments – will be located in Watford City. The developments will bring additional ESW units to the community along with housing for other lower-wage workers and some market-rate units.

HIF relies on taxpayer support to provide low-cost financing to developers of affordable multifamily housing. To honor the commitments it made, NDHFA must raise $30 million in contributions by Dec. 31, 2016.

“The new projects can’t turn a single shovel of dirt until their HIF commitments are fully capitalized,” said Kline. “We are eager to hear from past contributors and encourage new businesses and individuals to support HIF so we can move these new projects forward.”

HIF contributions can be targeted to a specific project or designated for general use in a community or region. Individuals and businesses that contribute to HIF receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit. More information on HIF is available online at www.ndhousingincentivefund.org or by contacting NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA.

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