From the Interim Executive Director, February 2020

It seems like 2020 is the year of saying ‘yes’ at North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) to new ways of doing business, new programs and community engagement. Some of the initiatives I will be referencing were in motion last year and are now being successfully implemented.

We divided our annual housing conference into two forums to strengthen the focus on homeownership and multifamily housing topics. We hosted the Homeownership Forum in West Fargo and Bismarck earlier this week, and I would like to thank all the attendees, sponsors and exhibitors that made the event a success. I’d also like to congratulate the Champions of Affordable Housing Award winners we recognized, your dedication to the residents of North Dakota is remarkable.

The Multifamily Housing Forum is April 16 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. It will be preceded by a full-day training session on Uniform Physical Condition Standards. The forum is dedicated to networking and education-based sessions for property managers, multifamily housing developers and service providers. Register by April 1st and save, and if your organization is interested in exhibitor and sponsor opportunities, there are two more days until the Feb. 28 deadline.

The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People approached NDHFA about administering the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program (CoC) last year. The CoC promotes a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting the nonprofits that house homeless individuals and families. When NDHFA assumes the administrative role next month, the agency expands its mission to serve vulnerable populations by strengthening ties to the service providers who are the first-in-line defense for emergency housing.

In January, NDHFA’s staff met with Governor Burgum and his administration during a strategic review session to discuss housing needs and trends for the state. The session fostered a deeper understanding of the Administration’s statewide initiatives with an emphasis on improving access to housing. The agency is in the process of developing a five-year strategic plan, building upon the planning sessions that have been taking place over the past several months.

And while we are busy with the projects and workload of 2020, we need to celebrate the success of the past year, which you can read about in our 2019 Annual Report.

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