BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency secured a $59,318 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing counseling grant this summer.
“The grant dollars support programs that help individuals and families make informed housing decisions,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.
The funds were primarily split between two affiliate organizations – Community Action Opportunities of Minot and South Eastern North Dakota Community Action Agency of Fargo. Each received $29,107. The Community Action Partnership (Dickinson and Williston areas) program received $1,102.
The recipients of the grant offer financial literacy training, provide assistance to renters and homeless persons, and assist households of modest means in becoming and remaining homeowners.
HUD’s housing counseling grants are awarded annually through a competitive process. The organizations that apply must be preapproved by the federal agency and are subject to biennial performance reviews to maintain the approved status.
National and regional organizations including state housing finance agencies like NDHFA are typically responsible for the distribution of the grant funding to the community-based organizations that provide guidance to low- and moderate-income households seeking to improve their housing situation. The larger entities also help improve the quality of the counseling services and enhance coordination among the providers.
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 Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency. More information about NDHFA is available online at www.ndhfa.org or by calling (800) 292-8621.