Affordable Senior Housing Dedicated in Dickinson

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Officials celebrate the opening of Heritage Hills, a senior housing complex, in Dickinson, ND.

DICKINSON, ND – Beyond Shelter Inc. (BSI) celebrated the completion of Heritage Hills Apartments in Dickinson, ND, today by hosting a dedication of the affordable senior housing complex.

“It can be challenging for aging and disabled individuals to find housing that is affordable,” said BSI CEO Dan Madler. “Without the multiple layers of support this project received, Beyond Shelter wouldn’t be able to provide a quality housing option that allows fixed-income households to affordably live in the community they call home.”

Apartments at Heritage Hills rent for $352 to $730 per month, depending on household income and unit size. An individual who earns $15,540 or less will qualify to rent a one-bedroom unit in the new development for $352 per month plus utilities.

“Heritage Hills is a great example of how federal, state and local resources can be combined to develop the housing the most vulnerable members of our population need,” said North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) Executive Director Jolene Kline.

NDHFA allocated $1.28 million in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to Heritage Hills that provided more than $11.85 million in project equity. The agency also awarded $800,000 to the development from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund (HIF).

Heritage Hills in Dickinson, ND.

Heritage Hills in Dickinson, ND.

Through the LIHTC program, property owners receive an annual tax credit from the federal government for up to 10 years in exchange for keeping the housing units affordable for low-income households.

Capitalized by contributions from state taxpayers, HIF is a means for developing affordable multi-family housing for essential service workers, main street employees and fixed-income households.

“NDHFA’s mission is to ensure there are housing options for everyone in the community,” said Kline. “We are pleased to be able to partner with Beyond Shelter and the Stark County Housing Authority to bring this project to completion.”

In addition to the assistance provided by NDHFA, the North Dakota Department of Commerce gave a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant from the governor’s discretionary fund. The City of Dickinson, Stark Development Corporation, and Affordable Housing Developers Inc. also supported the development. American Bank Center provided the project’s construction and permanent financing. The total project cost exceeded $15 million.

Located at 2585 Dakota Boulevard, the development consists of 81 one- and two-bedroom units, all restricted to households age 55 and older. Seventeen units are fully accessible. Individuals interested in learning more about the apartments can contact the property manager, Stark County Housing Authority, at (701) 225-3120 or www.starkcountyhousing.org

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