Multifamily Housing Education and Networking Opportunities

FacebookGraphicBISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency will host a Multifamily Housing Forum on April 16, 2020, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND. The event will be preceded by a full day of training on Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) for affordable housing property managers.

“The Multifamily Forum is the second event North Dakota Housing Finance Agency is hosting in 2020 as part of a series of Housing Forums,” said Dave Flohr, the agency’s interim executive director. “This event provides networking and educational opportunities for our property management, multifamily housing development and service provider partners.”

NDHFA hosted a homeownership forum in February for its lending and real estate partners.

The interactive UPCS training session, scheduled for April 15, will be led by John Emery, one the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) first certified Real Estate Assessment Center inspectors and trainers. Attendees will be provided with the knowledge and skills required to fully understand and apply the inspection protocol. Using hundreds of photos, the training provides an in-depth review of all UPCS deficiencies found within the site, building exteriors, building systems, common areas and units.

The forum will open with an introduction to North Dakota’s Medical Marijuana Program operations and laws and the impact on smoke-free facilities. The day continues with breakout sessions on bed bug control, structuring 4% tax credit deals, property management responsibilities when a tenant is a victim of domestic violence, design requirements that must be met when constructing public housing, an update on the state’s 1915(i) Medicaid amendment, an introduction to the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Competitive Affordable Housing Program, personal safety and security training, and a discussion of data trends in NDHFA’s vacancy reporting.

During the forum’s lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with “experts” who will lead discussions and answer questions on program use and future funding of the state’s Housing Incentive Fund, pest control, management of HUD properties, aging services and the upcoming census.

An application has been submitted to the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credit for forum attendance. The event website will be updated when these credits are approved. Housing Development Finance Professionals may submit forum attendance and Housing Credit Certified Professionals may submit training and forum attendance toward recertifications.

More information on the UPCS training and Multifamily Forum is available online at www.ndhfa.org. Register by April 1 to receive the lowest rates, $80 and $60 respectively. After April 1, the registration fees will increase to $100 and $80. Registration will close on April 6, 2020.

“The Homeownership and Multifamily Forums replace NDHFA’s traditional Statewide Housing Conference,” said Flohr. “By hosting smaller, targeted events, the agency’s goal is to provide opportunities for meaningful conversations while offering audience-specific education.”

NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Gov. Doug Burgum, as the chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the agency.

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