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Managing LIHTC Compliance Training Registration Open

BISMARCK, ND – Registration is now open for Managing Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Compliance, an in-depth training geared specifically to tenant file compliance.

Hosted by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency and lead by Spectrum Enterprises, the training will be held on Oct. 25, 2017, at the Ramkota Hotel, 800 S 3rd Street in Bismarck, ND.
Spectrum’s Jennifer Borland described the one-day training, “We will discuss income and asset definitions, verification requirements, calculations for income and assets, preparing for a compliance review, tenant fraud, student status, etc.”

All registrants will receive a course manual. Attendees that complete the training will be awarded six continuing education hours good toward any nationally recognized LIHTC designation (C3P, HCCP, COS, etc.). No exam or certification will be offered in conjunction with the training.

“In addition to the federal program requirements, the course will be customized to highlight NDHFA’s policies and procedures,” said Jennifer Henderson, the agency’s planning and housing development division director.

Pre-registration is required. The training fee on or before October 11, 2017, is $150. After the 11th, the fee is $175. Registration will close on Oct. 15. Additional information is available online or by contacting NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

Co-director of investor consulting services, education and training development, Borland is responsible for developing Spectrum’s training services. She has a background in conventional and affordable housing property management, and first served with the company as a senior compliance analyst, performing file pre-approvals and annual compliance reviews for management and investment clients, and as a compliance monitor for state monitoring contracts. Borland has spoken at seminars and conducted LIHTC compliance trainings nationwide. She is C12P, COS, STAR, and TaCCs certified.

Spectrum Enterprises, Inc. is a growing firm specializing in compliance oversight for the LIHTC program. With a national roster of clients includes state housing agencies, leading investors, syndicators, developers, asset management, and property management companies, Spectrum’s services include document analysis, tenant file reviews, application pre-approvals, site inspections and training.

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

Unique Senior Apartments Open in Downtown Bismarck

BISMARCK, ND – MetroPlains LLC opened the doors to a unique senior apartment complex today. Located in downtown Bismarck, the four-story building offers very desirable amenities and it’s affordable.

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Lt. Governor Sanford (center) congratulates MetroPlains on the completion of 100 West Main.

100 West Main has a four-season porch, lounge, exercise room, community room, and on-site chapel. A community manager organizes activities and supportive services are offered that allow tenants to age in place. The apartments all have energy-efficient lighting and appliances, and some have balconettes. The building is within walking distance of churches and restaurants, retail, financial and medical services, and it offers easy access to public transportation.

“Walkable downtowns that offer a variety of retail, dining and entertainment options, as well as housing for all income levels, are an important element of the Main Street Initiative,” Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford said at the celebratory event. “This property is a great example of public-private partnership creating diverse housing opportunities that help contribute to a healthy, vibrant community.”

Sanford attended the event on behalf of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The commission, consisting of Gov. Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees North Dakota Housing Finance Agency.

“Affordable housing for seniors with limited incomes is a much-needed resource in Bismarck,” said NDHFA Executive Director Jolene Kline. “100 West Main will be a great addition to the city’s core.”

NDHFA allocated $600,000 from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund to the project and awarded $506,097 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. The credits brought $5.11 million in equity to the project through the syndication by Wells Fargo Affordable Housing Community Development Corp. Wells Fargo also provided the project’s construction financing.

Additional development support was provided by the City of Bismarck, Bank of North Dakota, and the Lewis and Clark Development Group (formerly CommunityWorks North Dakota). Security First Bank provided the project’s pre-development and permanent financing.

“We are very appreciative of all of the support provided by our project partners,” said Rob McCready, MetroPlains Principal. The total cost of developing the property was $6.56 million.

“To have an opportunity to provide affordable housing for seniors in a location which contributes positively to the diversity and vitality of downtown Bismarck is extremely gratifying,” said Randy Schold, MetroPlains Principal.

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More photographs of the property are available on our Facebook page.

All of the apartments at 100 West Main are reserved for income-qualified households age 55 and older. There are 18 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units. Five units are fully accessible. Depending on household size and income, the units rent for $370 to $806 per month plus utilities. An individual earning $17,370 or less would qualify to rent a one-bedroom apartment for $370.

Individuals who would like to learn more about 100 West Main can contact MetroPlains Management at (701) 751-9951. Information is also available online at www.metroplains.com.

MetroPlains partners with individuals, organizations and local governments in order to provide exceptional developments which meet the diverse housing goals of communities. MetroPlains Management provides property management services to promote a superior experience for the residents.

NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans.

Grant Allocation Benefits Housing Organizations Statewide

BISMARCK, N.D. – Housing organizations statewide will benefit from a grant allocation authorized today by the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC). North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) received permission to distribute $200,000 through its Helping Housing Across North Dakota (Helping HAND) program.

“In the history of the Helping HAND program, more than $5.7 million in grant funds have been put to work by local service providers to assist over 5,000 lower-income individuals and families across the state,” commission members said in a joint statement. The NDIC, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA.

The 2017 funds will be distributed as follows:

Southeast ND Community Action Agency, Fargo, $46,417

Community Action Program Region VII Inc., Bismarck, $33,841

Red River Valley Community Action, Grand Forks, $25,757

Community Action Partnership, Minot, $20,434

Community Action Partnership, Dickinson/Williston, $17,381

Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency, Devils Lake, $17,164

Community Action Region VI, Jamestown, $13,207

Trenton Indian Service Area, Trenton, $7,333

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt, $7,333

Spirit Lake Tribal Housing, Fort Totten, $7,333

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, Fargo, $3,000

Rebuilding Together, Fargo/Moorhead, $800

The Helping HAND program is funded with agency earnings. A local match of 25 percent is required to access the grants. All of the program dollars must be used for North Dakota projects.

“Helping HAND grants typically support housing weatherization and rehabilitation projects,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “We encourage the grant recipients to use the funds to benefit the largest number of households possible.”

Homeownership Programs Income and Acquisition Limits Updated

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved updated income and acquisition cost limits for the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s (NDHFA) homeownership programs. The NDHFA assists state residents, typically first-time buyers, with the purchase of a home by providing low-cost financing and offering down payment and closing cost assistance and homebuyer education.

“Over the past 35 years, the NDHFA has helped more than 41,000 individuals and families successfully achieve homeownership,” said members of the Industrial Commission in a joint statement. “Homeownership is a dream for many families, and by working with our lending partners we are pleased to assist them in reaching that goal.”

The commission, consisting of Gov. Doug Burgum as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the NDHFA.

The maximum income limits for NDHFA’s FirstHome™ and HomeAccess programs were set at $77,600 to $102,925, and North Dakota Roots was set at $108,640 to $135,380. The limits vary depending on household size and the county where a financed home is located.

The FirstHome and HomeAccess acquisition cost limits for Burleigh, Morton, Stark and Williams counties were set at $273,176 for a new or existing single-family home. For all other counties, the limits were set at $253,809. Higher limits were also approved for existing two- to four-unit properties. North Dakota Roots program users must comply with limits set by their loan insurer or guarantor.

A network of private-sector lenders originate loans on the NDHFA’s behalf and sell the loans to the agency when they are closed. The updates are effective for loan reservations dated on or after June 6, 2017.

“We continue to see a favorable marketplace for first-time buyers and expect to serve approximately the same number of households in 2017 as we did the previous year,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

In 2016, the NDHFA assisted 1,087 first-time homebuyers through its FirstHome program. The average borrower’s household income was $56,000 and the average loan amount was $160,400.

Through HomeAccess, special needs households who may have previously owned a home may receive the same purchase assistance as first-time buyers.

Through North Dakota Roots, the NDHFA provides purchase assistance to moderate-income buyers who may have previously owned a home and first-time buyers whose income exceeds FirstHome program limits.

Borrowers receiving purchase assistance from the NDHFA are expected to meet normal credit underwriting standards and must intend to occupy the property as their principal residence. A minimum of a $500 out-of-pocket cash investment is required.

The income limits for the NDHFA’s homeownership programs are based on median income numbers published annually by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mortgage revenue bond regulations allow the agency to use the greater of county or state median income.

Based on Federal Housing Administration loan limits, the NDHFA’s acquisition cost limits are dictated by the Internal Revenue Service. The limits are adjusted to take into account the differences between average and median home prices and do not differentiate between new and existing properties.

The NDHFA is a public financial institution dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. More information on the agency’s homeownership programs is available online, www.ndhfa.org, or by contacting the agency at (800) 292-8621.

Community Land Trust Pilot Program Approved

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Industrial Commission has approved a $3 million pilot program through the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) that supports local Community Land Trusts (CLTs) efforts to create more single-family housing for low- to moderate-income households.

Community Land Trusts are non-profit organizations that make homeownership more obtainable by separating the ownership of the land from the cost of the home.

“We are very pleased the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, as state government’s primary financier of affordable housing, is willing to take on this important challenge of making homeownership an option for more North Dakotans,” said members of the Industrial Commission in a joint statement.

The commission, consisting of Gov. Doug Burgum as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the NDHFA.

The NDHFA’s program will provide CLTs with access to a low-cost line of credit. Eligible uses include the acquisition, rehabilitation, demolition and/or new construction of homes on in-fill lots and in higher density neighborhoods for resale to income-qualified households.

In North Dakota, there are currently CLTs in Minot and Grand Forks. Other cities have expressed interest in developing trusts, but they have struggled to get started because they lacked the financial capacity.

“We look forward to reviewing the results of the pilot,” said NDHFA Executive Director Jolene Kline. “We hope that with the agency’s support, other North Dakota communities will be able to offer individuals and families with limited incomes this homeownership opportunity.”

The NDHFA is a public financial institution dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. More information on the agency’s programs is available online, www.ndhfa.org, or by contacting the agency at (800) 292-8621.

Dickinson Project Awarded Redevelopment Assistance

HIF Invest in Your CommunityBISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recently awarded $315,000 through the state’s Housing Incentive Fund to Mountain Plains Equity Group and Affordable Housing Developers Inc. The assistance provided supports the acquisition and rehabilitation of Dacotah Ridge Apartments, a 24-unit rental property in Dickinson, ND, that is occupied primarily by elderly and disabled households.

“Preserving affordable housing options for those who need it most is one of our highest priorities with the Housing Incentive Fund,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “We are pleased that this valuable housing resource will continue to serve North Dakota for years to come.”

Last November, NDHFA awarded $321,000 in federal tax credit authority to Dacotah Ridge through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. The equity created through the sale of the credits is the project’s primary funding source. The HIF funds will supplement a financial gap caused by an unexpected decrease in LIHTC credit value before the equity was able to be provided to the project.

“One of the greatest values of the Housing Incentive Fund is the program’s ability to close gaps in the financing of affordable rental housing,” said Kline.

Since HIF’s 2011 inception, almost $89 million has been allocated to 79 projects, leveraging more than $427 million in construction financing to support the development or rehabilitation of more than 2,500 housing units statewide. During the most recent funding round, NDHFA received five applications for the $1.2 million in HIF assistance that was available due to the cancellation of previous commitments.

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

Housing Finance Agency Hires Schaf

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recently hired Deanna Schaf of Bismarck, ND.

Deanna1Schaf joined the agency as an administrative assistant. In this position, she provides customer service at the agency’s front desk, and is responsible for processing loan payments and responding to general inquires.

“We are pleased to welcome Deanna to NDHFA. I believe she will be a great asset to our administrative team,” said Jolene Kline, the agency’s executive director.

Schaf replaces Kristi Seilinger, who transferred to the agency’s Homeownership Division.

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