Housing Finance Agency to Host 25th Statewide Conference

Event Offers Affordable Housing Education and Networking Opportunities

Facebook2BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency will host the 25th Statewide Housing Conference on Feb. 16-17, 2016, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

The conference offers both opportunities to network and to learn about resources available to address local affordable housing needs. The theme of the event is “Forward Together” with sessions focusing on challenges and opportunities that local communities and the state are facing today and will face into the future.

“Many North Dakota communities still have low unemployment and are continuing to experience growth. Therefore, in addition to exploring current housing topics, we’ll discuss the impact of affordable housing, workforce needs, interstate migration and housing preservation,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Keynote speakers include Kevin Brown, whose unconventional path to business and personal success taught him that winning requires anything but conventional thinking. Sam Schulhofer-Wohl of Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis will discuss the decline in interstate migration. North Dakota State University’s Nancy Hodur will present a Workforce Characteristics Study and Mark Shelburne of Novogradac & Company LLP will address the U.S. Supreme Court’s disparate impact ruling and HUD’s affirmatively furthering Fair Housing regulations.

Breakout session topics include understanding credit scores, selling in a purchase market, working with self-employed borrowers, renovating multifamily housing, what lenders look for when financing affordable housing followed by an overview of available resources, ending veteran homelessness, documenting resident violations, and managing reasonable accommodations including assistive animals.

Registration materials are available online at www.ndhfa.org. The registration fee on or before Feb. 5 is $150. North Dakota’s Real Estate Commission and Board of Social Work Examiners applications for continuing education credit for conference attendance have been submitted. NDHFA will offer credit upon approval of the program by the accrediting bodies. For more information, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

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

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