Housing Agency Recognizes Champions of Affordable Housing

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recognized several of its housing partners as Champions of Affordable Housing during its 25th Statewide Housing Conference.

“The Champion awards recognize and celebrate the work of individuals, non-profit organizations, public agencies, and private sector businesses that make exceptional affordable housing contributions in North Dakota.” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Lender and real estate awards are based on promotion of NDHFA’s homeownership programs and participation in locally sponsored affordable housing projects and events.

Awards were presented to five financial institutions that originated loans on NDHFA’s behalf in 2015. The loan officer at each institution that most actively promoted the agency’s programs was also honored. Recognized were Capital Credit Union and Scott Bullinger of Bismarck; First Community Credit Union and Clayton Lilleby of Fargo; First International Bank & Trust and Patti Helm of Fargo; Gate City Bank and Tammy Skogen of Bismarck; and Town and Country Credit Union and Reneé Freeman of Fargo.

NDHFA also recognized three real estate agents for the assistance they provided to the agency’s borrowers. April Bernabucci of Keller Williams Realty in Fargo, Kirstin Wilhelm of Keller Williams Realty in Bismarck, and Shirley Thomas of Bianco Realty in Bismarck were honored.

Amaya Quijano of NLR Property Management in Williston received NDHFA’s Property Management Award for her outstanding management of three agency-funded multifamily projects.

Legacy at Central Place in Williston received NDHFA’s Housing Production Award. The Lutheran Social Services Housing development is the adaptive reuse of a former school building into 44 affordable housing units for households aged 55+.

A supporter of and an advocate for affordable housing for more than twenty years, Grand Forks Housing Authority Executive Director Terry Hanson was recognized with NDHFA’s Leadership Award.

NDHFA began recognizing its housing partners with Champion of Affordable Housing Awards in 1995. For more information, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or www.ndhfa.org.

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.


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