Category Archives: General Agency News

Opening Doors Monthly Check-In Protocol Updated

In response to guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), North Dakota Housing Finance Agency is recommending Opening Doors Program Care Coordinators follow their organization’s guidelines in regard to in-home visits until further notice.

“We expect that you will continue communicating with your clients and complete monthly reports,” said Planning and Housing Development Division Director Jennifer Henderson. “If your visit is via an alternative arrangement such as phone or teleconference, please note that on the report.”

The Opening Doors program provides households with a rental barrier access to housing. Participating Care Coordinators are required to check-in with the households supported by the program on a monthly basis.

Questions should be directed to the Planning and Housing Development Division at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

From the Interim Executive Director, March 2020

While North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s (NDHFA) doors are still open to the public, we are adhering to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ND Dept. of Health.

For the safety of our staff, our housing partners and customers, the agency is limiting visitor interactions and encouraging you to call or email us before coming to our office. Some of our staff members are working remotely. The staff members who are here have taken on additional duties to support the remote workers and are only available for brief visits. If the agency is required to close our doors to the public, we will notify you through as many channels as possible – email, web, social media, newsletter, etc.

Events we had planned for this spring have been canceled or accommodations are being made.

Our Multifamily Housing Forum is called-off and won’t be rescheduled for later this year. We’ll move some of the topics to next year’s event, planned for April 15, 2021, at the Ramkota in Bismarck and try to schedule webinars or conference calls for the topics that can’t wait.

We are trying to reschedule the Uniform Physical Conditions Standards training that was scheduled to take place in conjunction with the forum. We’ll provide details when that is accomplished.

The agency is offering an online or phone option for our Housing Trust Fund and Low Income Housing Tax Credit Public Hearings scheduled to take place on March 26th. Written comments are still being accepted as well.

Our rental compliance staff has postponed physical inspections until further notice. File reviews and compliance reporting continues. If you have questions about compliance activity, please contact the staff via email.

Finally, we are concerned about our tenants and borrowers. Many North Dakota households are faced with financial hardships because of virus related closures. We are reminding the individuals and families who rely on NDHFA for a safe place to call home and households beyond our jurisdiction to talk to their landlord or mortgage servicer first if they will have a difficult time making rent and loan payments.

Inspections Postponed; File Reviews and Reporting Continues

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North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in North Dakota. In response to concerns related to the virus, the agency is implementing the following protocol for inspections and monitoring of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Housing Trust Fund, Housing Incentive Fund, Neighborhood Stabilization Program, FDIC Affordable Housing Program, Rural Rehab Loan Program, Rural Housing Investment Incentive Pilot Program and Law Enforcement Pilot Program properties.

Affordability/Compliance Period Physical Inspections and File Monitoring

  • Physical inspections will be postponed until further notice.
  • Tenant file review will continue to be conducted electronically using secure upload options provided in review requests.

Annual Owner Certification/Annual Desk Review Requests

  • There will be no interruption in reviewing 2019 Annual Owner Certifications and Annual Rental Compliance Reporting.

NDHFA staff are accessible at this time. Email communication via our general account, hfainfo@nd.gov, or directly to staff is the most effective method to reach us with questions or concerns.

HUD has published a guide, https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus, for Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and Project-Based Voucher Program and Native American Programs and the Office of Multifamily Housing. Even if your program is not specifically related to the programs listed, the general information is valuable to any affordable housing project.

We encourage you to work with your tenants to communicate processes of ensuring health and safety and any policies you are implementing during this time.

Online/Phone Options for LIHTC and HTF Hearings

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) will hold Public Hearings for the 2021 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program Qualified Allocation Plan and the 2020 National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Allocation Plan on March 26, 2020.

The LIHTC hearing will begin at 10 a.m. and the HTF hearing at 11 a.m., both CT. The hearings will be held in the boardroom at NDHFA’s office, 2624 Vermont Ave., Bismarck, ND.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public gathering guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we encourage attendees to join the meeting online from your personal computer, tablet or smartphone.

Online Access: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/434537269

Dial-in Access: 1-877-568-4106, Access Code: 434-537-269 #

Persons who are unable to attend the hearings may still submit written comments to hfainfo@nd.gov or NDHFA, PO Box 1535, Bismarck, ND 58502-1535, by 5:00 p.m. on March 25, 2020.

Persons needing accommodation or assistance to attend the hearing should contact NDHFA’s Planning and Housing Development division director at (800) 292-8621, (800) 366-6888 (TTY) or email hfainfo@nd.gov.

Multifamily Forum and UPCS Training Canceled

FacebookGraphicCANCELLEDNorth Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) has cancelled the Uniform Physical Conditions Standards training and Multifamily Housing Forum scheduled for April 15-16, 2020 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

The events were cancelled in response to guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) stating that for the next eight weeks, large events including conferences should be canceled or postponed to lessen the spread of the disease.

Individuals who were registered for the events will receive a full refund of registration fees. Because of the number of refunds being processed by the registration service NDHFA contracts with for events, there may be some delays in processing.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact NDHFA’s communications staff at hfainfo@nd.gov.

For information on COVID-19 from the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Additional information about the virus is available from the N.D. Dept. of Health, https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus.

UPCS Training and Multifamily Forum Continuing as Scheduled

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) is aware of and is monitoring developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Be advised that NDHFA’s Uniform Physical Conditions Standards training on April 15th and the Multifamily Forum on April 16th will continue as scheduled at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

Currently, there are no identified cases of infection in North Dakota. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update registered attendees should the virus impact these events in any way.

We understand that some registered participants may be facing travel restrictions and need to cancel their registration. You may cancel your registration on the event website, http://www.cvent.com/d/wnqlvf, without penalty through April 1, 2020. If you need to cancel after that date, please contact NDHFA’s communications staff at hfainfo@nd.gov for assistance.

For information on COVID-19 from the World Health Organization (WHO), https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.

Additional information about the virus is available from the N.D. Dept. of Health, https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus.

State Offers Affordable Housing Development Assistance

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) is accepting applications for affordable housing development assistance through the state’s Housing Incentive Fund (HIF). Approximately $1.2 million is available.

“The multifamily housing development programs administered by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency addresses the housing needs of our state’s most vulnerable populations,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA interim executive director.

HIF supports the development of housing for low- to moderate-wage workers, the state’s aging population, individuals with disabilities and persons at-risk of homelessness.

“To be considered eligible, applicants must demonstrate project readiness – final ownership and organizational documents, site control, unconditional and appropriate zoning, and project financing commitments,” said Jennifer Henderson, NDHFA planning and housing development division director. “Projects with missing threshold requirements will not be evaluated.”

Applicants will be evaluated under the 2019 Housing Incentive Fund Allocation Plan. The application deadline is 5 p.m., CT, on March 31, 2020.

More information on the HIF program and the other financial and technical assistance provided by NDHFA is available online at http://www.ndhfa.org or by contacting the planning and housing development division at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

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.