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Demand for Affordable Senior Housing Remains Strong

Beyond Shelter to Mark Completion of Second Phase of HomeField Apartments

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NDHFA Housing Development Officer William Hourigan congratulates Beyond Shelter on the successful completion of HomeField 2, “We appreciate the good work Beyond Shelter has done, and we are also appreciative of our project partners who recognized that seniors living independently is a good investment in their health and well-being.”

FARGO, ND – Beyond Shelter Inc. (BSI) is set to mark the completion of the second phase of HomeField Apartments by hosting a Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting at the property, 4235 28th Ave S, in Fargo, ND, on Aug. 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. The nonprofit continues to see strong demand for the affordable senior housing it has developed in the community. HomeField 2 is the fifth such project completed over the last six years.

“Providing affordable senior housing is about more than a roof overhead,” said Dan Madler, BSI’s CEO. “We are providing a home where our aging community members live safely with opportunities for social interaction and personal care services that keep them healthier.”

Tenancy at HomeField 2 is restricted to income-qualified households age 55 and older with rents ranging from $422 to $760. Of HomeField 2’s 39 apartments, 33 are one-bedroom with most of the apartments occupied by single individuals. To rent a one-bedroom for $422, an individual’s annual income must be $17,670 or less per year.

Resident-led activities, congregate or home-delivered meals, and supportive services including transportation, case management, homemaker and personal care are all available to the property’s tenants.

MetroPlains Management, HomeField’s property manager, reports that 21 of the new tenants signed a lease without ever entering the building. With the occupancy rate at similar properties that it manages currently at 98 percent, many with waiting lists, MetroPlains expects HomeField 2 to be fully rented by September.

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) allocated $640,984 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits to the project. Through syndication by Wells Fargo Affordable Housing CDC, the credits brought $5.77 million in equity to HomeField 2.

“When you combine affordable housing with supportive services, you allow seniors to comfortably age-in-place,” said NDHFA Housing Development Officer William Hourigan. “We appreciate the good work Beyond Shelter has done, and we are also appreciative of our project partners who recognized that seniors living independently is a good investment in their health and well-being.”

RibbonThe City of Fargo committed $200,000 in HOME funds to the project, approved a Payment in Lieu of Taxes valued at $667,928, and waived the building permit fees. The City considers affordable senior housing to be a critical need for the community, especially housing for extremely low-income seniors.

Support was also provided by North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services which committed $453,000 in HOME funding.

If funding can be secured, BSI hopes to add a third building at the site within the next two years.

Individuals who would like to learn more about apartments can call MetroPlains Management at (701) 232-1887. Information is also available online at www.metroplains.com.

Affordable Senior Housing Dedicated in Dickinson

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Officials celebrate the opening of Heritage Hills, a senior housing complex, in Dickinson, ND.

DICKINSON, ND – Beyond Shelter Inc. (BSI) celebrated the completion of Heritage Hills Apartments in Dickinson, ND, today by hosting a dedication of the affordable senior housing complex.

“It can be challenging for aging and disabled individuals to find housing that is affordable,” said BSI CEO Dan Madler. “Without the multiple layers of support this project received, Beyond Shelter wouldn’t be able to provide a quality housing option that allows fixed-income households to affordably live in the community they call home.”

Apartments at Heritage Hills rent for $352 to $730 per month, depending on household income and unit size. An individual who earns $15,540 or less will qualify to rent a one-bedroom unit in the new development for $352 per month plus utilities.

“Heritage Hills is a great example of how federal, state and local resources can be combined to develop the housing the most vulnerable members of our population need,” said North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) Executive Director Jolene Kline.

NDHFA allocated $1.28 million in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to Heritage Hills that provided more than $11.85 million in project equity. The agency also awarded $800,000 to the development from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund (HIF).

Heritage Hills in Dickinson, ND.

Heritage Hills in Dickinson, ND.

Through the LIHTC program, property owners receive an annual tax credit from the federal government for up to 10 years in exchange for keeping the housing units affordable for low-income households.

Capitalized by contributions from state taxpayers, HIF is a means for developing affordable multi-family housing for essential service workers, main street employees and fixed-income households.

“NDHFA’s mission is to ensure there are housing options for everyone in the community,” said Kline. “We are pleased to be able to partner with Beyond Shelter and the Stark County Housing Authority to bring this project to completion.”

In addition to the assistance provided by NDHFA, the North Dakota Department of Commerce gave a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant from the governor’s discretionary fund. The City of Dickinson, Stark Development Corporation, and Affordable Housing Developers Inc. also supported the development. American Bank Center provided the project’s construction and permanent financing. The total project cost exceeded $15 million.

Located at 2585 Dakota Boulevard, the development consists of 81 one- and two-bedroom units, all restricted to households age 55 and older. Seventeen units are fully accessible. Individuals interested in learning more about the apartments can contact the property manager, Stark County Housing Authority, at (701) 225-3120 or www.starkcountyhousing.org

Nonprofit Developer Breaks Ground on Fifth Affordable Housing Project Since Flood

 Nonprofit developer Beyond Shelter Inc., in partnership with the Minot Housing Authority, broke ground in September on their fifth affordable housing project in Minot since the 2011 Souris River flood.

Nonprofit developer Beyond Shelter Inc., in partnership with the Minot Housing Authority, broke ground in September on their fifth affordable housing project in Minot since the 2011 Souris River flood.

Construction begins on Phase One of Sunset Ridge Apartments in Northwest Minot
MINOT, ND – Nonprofit developer Beyond Shelter Inc. (BSI), in partnership with the Minot Housing Authority (MHA), broke ground today on their fifth affordable housing project in Minot since the 2011 Souris River flood. Sunset Ridge Apartments is supported by government programs that will allow units in the family-friendly complex to rent for $350 to $800 per month to income-qualified households.

“BSI and the MHA have been great partners in our work to replace housing lost to the flood,” said Jolene Kline, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) executive director. “Using local, state and federal resources, they have helped Minot address the challenges associated not only by the disaster, but as a growing community impacted by energy development.”

BSI, MHA and NDHFA co-hosted a groundbreaking event at the project site, 3524 Kodiak Street NW in Minot.

NDHFA provided $600,000 from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) and $6.4 million in equity from the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to support the development of the $8 million apartment complex.

“A cooperative effort is required to successfully address the needs of a community like Minot,” said Dan Madler, BSI CEO. “The development resources provided by NDHFA and our partnership with the MHA and the City of Minot has made our work possible.”

All of the rents at Sunset Ridge will be set below the current Housing Choice Voucher program payment standard limit. This is significant as MHA reports that people it has issued vouchers to have had a hard time finding apartments in the community that are within the payment standard. MHA will manage the development.

“The support we provide doesn’t just create apartments, it creates homes and being able to afford ‘home’ is crucial,” said Kline. “That’s why we encourage both individual taxpayers and the business community to contribute to HIF, so projects like Sunset Ridge can provide affordable housing.”

Sunset Ridge is one of 24 developments that NDHFA awarded HIF conditional commitments to in July. To honor the commitments, the agency must raise $30 million by Dec. 31, 2016. More information on the program is available online at www.ndhousingincentivefund.org.

NDHFA provided $600,000 from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund and $6.4 million in equity from the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to support the development of the $8 million apartment complex.

NDHFA provided $600,000 from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund and $6.4 million in equity from the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to support the development of the $8 million apartment complex.

Additional partners in the project include the City of Minot and the North Dakota Department of Commerce providing CDBG-DR and CDBG funding, respectively, to assist in land acquisition; Wells Fargo Bank, provider of both equity and construction financing; and First Western Bank and Trust, providing the permanent financing.

BSI anticipates that the first phase of Sunset Ridge will be complete and ready for tenants in September 2016. It hopes to break ground on the second phase next year.

Previous BSI and MHA projects in Minot include Washington Townhomes I and II completed in 2013 and 2014, and the Fieldcrest and Cook’s Court apartment complexes which are wrapping up construction now. BSI and MHA are also developing The Willows in Burlington.

Ground Broken for Final Phase of Popular Senior Housing Development

Senior Housing Made Affordable with Federal and State Programs

 

Ground breaking for phase III of North Sky.

Ground breaking for phase III of North Sky.

FARGO, ND – A development that addresses one of the City of Fargo’s biggest housing needs – affordable rental options for seniors – broke ground for the final phase of the project today. An event, co-hosted by Beyond Shelter Inc. (BSI) and North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA), marked the completion of North Sky Apartments’ second phase and the groundbreaking for the third and final building.

NDHFA awarded federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to BSI this year that will provide phase III with $3.7 million in project equity. The state agency also made a conditional commitment valued at $600,000 from the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF). Development costs for the final building are estimated at $4.6 million.

“North Sky Apartments are a great example of how we are using federal, state and local resources to ensure that affordable housing is available for our seniors,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple on behalf of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. “This development will help address an immediate housing need for the City of Fargo, providing housing that allows seniors to continue to live independently.” The North Dakota Industrial Commission, consisting of Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA.

The City of Fargo first identified housing for the extremely low income elderly in need of supportive services as a community necessity in 2009 and provided the funds that BSI used to purchase the land for the North Sky complex. The nonprofit developer broke ground on the first building in 2013. State and federal programs administered by NDHFA brought funding to each phase of the project, allowing for rents of less than $400 per month for income-qualified households.

In 2013, the Fargo population age 65 and older was estimated at 12,609. The most recent Statewide Housing Needs Assessment projects that by 2025 that population will increase to 20,500.

“The HIF and LIHTC programs are important pieces of the affordable housing puzzle that make a real difference for North Dakotans,” said NDHFA Executive Director Jolene Kline. “As the state grows, we must maximize federal resources while leveraging local, state and private-sector dollars to bring much-needed housing to fruition.”

North Sky, completion of phase II.

North Sky, completion of phase II.

“It is a challenge for Fargo seniors to find housing that is affordable, and every year that population increases,” said BSI CEO Dan Madler. “Without multiple layers of support, our organization would not be able to keep a project’s rents at such reasonable levels.”

North Sky Apartments are located in the Urban Plains neighborhood on the southwest side of Fargo. BSI anticipates that construction on the final phase of the development will be completed by summer 2016.

NDHFA’s HIF program relies on taxpayer support to provide low-cost financing to affordable housing developers. To honor its most recent commitments, NDHFA must raise $30 million by Dec. 31, 2016. More information on HIF is available online at www.ndhousingincentivefund.org.

Finding a New Home After the Flood

Senator Hoeven and Linda Spence at the Washington Townhomes open house in Minot, ND.

The Souris River flood of 2011 inundated over 11,000 acres in Ward County, North Dakota, 4,115 homes flooded and more than 11,000 people were displaced, mostly within the community of Minot. The years following have been a challenging time for residents, and rebuilding and moving on has been particularly difficult for residents like Linda Spence whose physical disabilities require the use of a wheelchair.

Spence rented a home near the river that she was forced to vacate on June 1. That day, she had water over her wheels. Luckily a few National Guard members were nearby and were able to help Spence to safety. A second mandatory evacuation took place 21 days later. While Spence was able to get out safely again, this time flood waters rose to the roof of her home.

After the waters receded, the City of Minot deemed Spence’s home uninhabitable. The flood had opened a basement wall and water flowed through her home destroying everything in it.

“I miss my kids’ baby pictures, and the handmade gifts they had given me. Those are the things I miss the most,” says Spence, when asked to reflect back on the disaster.

After the flood, accessible housing units were very hard to find in the community. Spence lived in hotels, a moving van, and at least 20 shelters before finally getting into a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) temporary housing unit with a ramp.

Scott Burlingame, executive director of Independence Inc., a non-profit organization that offers advocacy and teaches living skills to help those like Spence live independently, found that the flood really amplified the affordable and accessible housing shortage in Minot.

“There is an affordable housing shortage, period,” said Burlingame. “Then there is the issue of finding accessible housing on top of that. Many people with disabilities lost their homes during the flood. It’s a first for them to go through the process of losing everything, and it’s really challenging when they have additional housing obstacles to overcome.”

Spence never stopped looking for affordable long-term housing to apply for and her persistence finally paid off. In February, the Minot Housing Authority announced a lottery system would be conducted to determine which households would receive leases at Washington Townhomes, Minot’s first new affordable housing development in a decade.

Spence was one of 32 households who were lucky enough to have their names drawn for a unit in the first phase of the development. She says her new home has provided the opportunity to rebuild her life.

“The disaster made me realize what was truly important,” said Spence.

Beyond Shelter Inc. (BSI), a non-profit developer of affordable housing financed Washington Townhomes through state, local, and federal programs including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program administered by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency. BSI received $272,893 in 2012 credits and $1,005,857 credits in 2013 bringing $11.8 million in equity to the project where rents range from $398 to $930 per month.
The new development is helping meet some of the affordable housing needs in the community as it recovers from the flood.

“I am so thankful for a home that is perfectly made for me,” said Spence. “All the outlets and switches are where I can reach them. The doorways are wide. And, it’s beautiful. Washington Townhomes is my safe haven, my castle.”

Housing Project Completed, New Housing Project Begins

DICKINSON, ND – Beyond Shelter, Inc. (BSI) and the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) marked the successful completion of one housing development in Dickinson today and broke ground on a new project. The Patterson Heights Apartments is an affordable 24-unit, family-friendly complex. Heritage Hills Apartments will provide 42 rental units for lower-income households age 55 and older.

State and local officials celebrate the completion of the Patterson Heights Apartment complex with a ribbon cutting.

“The completion of the Patterson Heights development and the Heritage Hills groundbreaking illustrate the progress the state is making in addressing the need for affordable housing in western North Dakota, especially for essential services employees and those on fixed incomes,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who attended today’s ceremony. “These two projects will help Dickinson meet the housing needs of its aging population and expanding workforce.”

Supported by a $1.4 million allocation from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) and $744,000 from a Law Enforcement Pilot Program (LEPP), Patterson Heights was one of the first affordable housing projects in the state to set-aside rental units specifically for law enforcement personnel.

“Law enforcement agencies in western North Dakota repeatedly cite housing costs and shortages as an issue in recruiting and retaining personnel,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Eight units in the Patterson Heights property are reserved for Dickinson Police Department and Stark County Sheriff’s Department employees.

The Heritage Hills Apartments will provide affordable housing for lower-income households age 55 and older.

BSI’s Heritage Hills development received an allocation of $647,500 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from NDHFA. The agency has also made a $200,000 HIF commitment to the project. Eight Heritage Hills units will be fully accessible. The apartments are expected to be complete by fall 2014.

“The development resources provided by the State of North Dakota are making these much-needed projects possible,” said Lynn Fundingsland, BSI CEO. “It takes a cooperative effort to successfully address the affordable housing needs of a community like Dickinson.”

“For many years LIHTCs were our development mainstay,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA acting director. “With federal resources becoming highly competitive, more local, state and private funding is needed to handle our current and future affordable housing needs in North Dakota.”

Both developments also received funding from the Governor’s discretionary Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered by the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Heritage Hills received a $300,000 grant and Patterson Heights received more than $178,000. The CDBG program provides financial assistance for public facilities, housing and economic development projects.

HIF is capitalized by state taxpayers. The fund provides low-cost financing to developers of affordable rental housing. Contributions can be directed to a specific project or community. Marathon contributed $2.5 million to HIF in December 2011 targeting a portion of the funds to developments in Dickinson.

The attorney general, working in conjunction with the North Dakota Industrial Commission, asked NDHFA to develop the law enforcement program. LEPP was funded with the state’s approximately $3 million share of the Mortgage Servicing Settlement Fund. The legislature has since established a HIF program priority of providing affordable housing for essential service workers, including law enforcement personnel.

Additional partners in the developments include Affordable Housing Developers, Inc.; Bank of North Dakota; Housing Authority of Stark County; Stark Development Corporation; the City of Dickinson; and American Bank Center.

BSI is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing based in Fargo, ND. In partnership with many key stakeholders, the organization has developed more than 550 affordable residential units in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota communities. New 2013 developments will bring the total to 654 affordable residential units.

NDHFA is a public financial institution. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversee the agency.

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Successful Affordable Townhomes Project Will Be Repeated

A three-person household that earns $35,000 or less would be income qualified to rent one of the townhomes with two-bedroom units renting for $650 per month and three-bedroom units for $795.

MINOT – The successful completion of the first phase of Washington Townhomes was celebrated today in conjunction with the groundbreaking for another 32 affordable housing units.

“The dedication and groundbreaking of Washington Townhomes is a significant milestone in Minot’s efforts to recover and grow in the aftermath of the historic 2011 flood event,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who attended today’s ceremony. “A strong partnership between the public and private sectors helped make this project a reality for the community. More than $3.4 million in state funding, including $750,000 from the governor’s discretionary fund, was provided for this project to help bring additional affordable housing opportunities to Minot and the region.”

Construction on the first phase of the town home project began approximately one year ago. The second phase of the development is located just north of the first. Beyond Shelter, Inc. (BSI), the Minot Housing Authority and the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) co-hosted the event at the original project site, 801 18th Avenue SE in Minot.

“Beyond Shelter’s mission is to improve lives and create communities by developing housing for those most in need,” said Lynn Fundingsland, BSI CEO. “Without the support of both the private and the public sector, our organization would not be able to produce the housing that is helping the City of Minot recover and grow.”

NDHFA allocated Low Income Housing Tax Credits to support both phases of the development. Through the LIHTC program, property owners receive an annual tax credit from the federal government for up to 10 years based on various requirements such as the amount of capital invested and the level of commitment to low-income tenancy.

“NDHFA is charged with ensuring that there is housing for everyone in our state. We are proud to partner with Beyond Shelter and the Minot Housing Authority to provide this community with much needed affordable housing,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA acting executive director.

US Bank capitalized the tax credits, providing the projects with $11.8 million in equity.
Both developments also received support from the governor’s discretionary Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The CDBG program provides financial assistance for public facilities, housing and economic development projects. The Governor’s $750,000 grant enabled BSI to acquire the site.

Additional key partners in the Washington Townhomes project include the City of Minot: Affordable Housing Developers, Inc.; the ND Dept. of Commerce Division of Community Services; the Souris Basin Planning Council; Bell State Bank & Trust; Bremer Bank; EAPC Architects Engineers; and Terry Welle Construction, Inc.

A three-person household that earns $35,000 or less will qualify to rent the existing townhomes with two-bedroom units renting for $650 per month and three-bedroom units for $795. The second phase of the development will also be income targeted, following a similar rent structure.

The successful completion of the first phase of Beyond Shelter, Inc.’s Washington Townhomes was celebrated in conjunction with the groundbreaking for another 32 affordable housing units.

The development’s second phase will mirror the first, consisting of 18 two-bedroom, 12 three-bedroom and 2 four-bedroom units. Six of the two-bedroom units will be accessible. BSI anticipates that phase two will be completed by July 2014.

BSI is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing based in Fargo, ND. In partnership with many key stakeholders, the organization has developed more than 550 affordable residential units in ND, SD and MN communities. New 2013 developments will bring the total to 630 affordable residential units.

The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA.