Affordable Housing Conference Focus on Resiliency

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency invites affordable housing professionals and community leaders to “Revive, Restore and Reconnect” at the Statewide Housing Conference on Feb. 7-8, 2017, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

“With the economic, political and demographic changes afoot, the next year will be interesting for affordable housing,” said Jolene KStatewide Housing Conferenceline, NDHFA executive director. “More than ever, it’s important to come together to discuss how we will handle our housing challenges and learn about the resources available to address our local housing needs.”

The conference will feature nationally recognized speakers including Eileen McDargh, a resiliency expert who believes that turbulent times demand professional and personal responses that transcend our regular work and life patterns, and Dr. Roger Tutterow, an economist who will share his thoughts on the effects of the downturn in oil prices on regional labor and housing markets. Attendees will also hear from Dr. Nancy Hodur, author of a recently released Statewide Housing Needs Assessment.

Conference breakout sessions include an introduction to the National Housing Market Index, a presentation on the impact of student loan debt on homeownership and a mortgage lending roundtable, customer service for property managers, situational awareness, and housing discrimination hot topics, and where to start when considering a property redevelopment, an introduction to the Rental Assistance Demonstration program and understanding permanent supportive housing.

Preceding the event is a Community Land Trust workshop on Feb. 6. CLTs are viewed as an innovative way to address the rising costs of housing, limited land, and the growing number of abandoned or substandard buildings in communities affecting the overall quality of housing stock.

The ND Real Estate Commission and Board of Social Work Examiners have both approved the conference for continuing education. No credit is available for the CLT workshop.

Register for the full conference at by Jan. 27 for $160. One-day only registration is $85. There is no charge for the CLT Workshop, however pre-registration is required. For questions, contact NDHFA at or (800) 292-8621.

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 Governor Doug Burgum, as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the agency.

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