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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.

Housing Policy and Professional Development Are Conference Focus

BISMARCK, ND – “Housing North Dakota,” a conference hosted annually by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency brings affordable housing-industry professionals and community leaders together for two days of professional development and policy discussions. The 2019 event is May 20-21 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

“To successfully address North Dakota’s current affordable housing needs, it’s essential to have an understanding of governing policies and available resources,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “At Housing North Dakota, attendees will hear from recognized experts and can make real face-to-face connections.”

Conference presentations on May 20 will focus on policy and include a discussion with Gov. Doug Burgum of the state’s most pressing housing issues and a future forecast from Demographer Ken Gronbach. At noon, Stockton Williams of the National Council of State Housing Agencies will provide a Washington Briefing. Afternoon plenary sessions include a panel discussion on local legislative accomplishments, recommendations for attracting and retaining a 21st Century Workforce and a strategic planning presentation focused on understanding the impact of market forces.

The May 21st concurrent sessions offer professional development opportunities for lending and real estate professionals, multifamily housing developers, and property owners and managers. NDHFA will present its Champion of Affordable Housing Awards on the second day of the event as well. The awards recognize and honor exceptional affordable housing contributions made in North Dakota.

Continuing education applications have been submitted to the ND Real Estate Commission, ND Real Estate Appraiser Qualifications and Ethics Board, and the ND Board of Social Work Examiners. Credit will be offered upon the approval of the program by these licensing organizations. Conference attendance can also be submitted for the National Development Council’s Housing Development Finance Professional, the National Apartment Association’s Certified Apartment Manager and the National Association of Homebuilders’ Housing Credit Certified Professional recertifications.

Register online at www.ndhfa.org by May 10, 2019, to receive the lowest rates, $170 for the Full Conference (Policy and Training Day) and $90 for Policy Day or Training Day alone. After May 10, 2019, Full Conference is $190 and Policy Day or Training Day alone is $100.

A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing in North Dakota. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum, as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the agency.

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency Hosts 24th Annual Conference

ConferenceRegOpen2014Event Provides Affordable Housing Education and Networking Opportunities

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) will host the 24th Annual Statewide Housing Conference on Feb. 25-26, 2015, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

The conference provides an opportunity for housing industry professionals and community leaders to network and learn about technical and financial resources that address North Dakota’s affordable housing challenges. The theme of this year’s event is “Change. Challenge. Opportunity.” with many of the sessions focusing on the state’s shifting demographics.

“North Dakota is getting younger and much more diverse as countless families move to the state from all over the country and the world to take advantage of our rapid economic growth,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Keynote speakers include Scott Burrows, whose riveting story of overcoming adversity through sheer determination, will power and goal setting is uplifting and infectious; Kenneth W. Gronbach, an internationally respected demographer who forecasts societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy; and Kostas Voutsas, who will share strategies for making cultural and generational diversity work.

Breakout session topics include presentations on the state’s changing demographic makeup, preparing lower income households for homeownership, handling requests for reasonable housing accommodations, developing a community housing plan, redeveloping underutilized properties, the current state of mortgage lending, mortgagee title insurance basics, and creating livable communities.

The conference registration fee on or before Feb. 18 is $150. One-day only registration is $80. North Dakota’s Real Estate Commission, Board of Social Work Examiners and Commission for Continuing Legal Education have all approved the event agenda for continuing education credit. For more information, contact NDHFA at (701) 328-8080, (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov. Registration materials are available online at www.ndhfa.org.

A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing in North Dakota. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Gov. Jack Dalrymple, as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the agency.

Nominations Sought for Housing Awards

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) is seeking nominations for its 2014 Champion of Affordable Housing Leadership and Housing Production Awards.

“The Champion Awards recognize and celebrate exceptional contributions to the state’s affordable housing industry,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

The Leadership Award honors an individual or entity who has demonstrated outstanding effort in advocating for or providing affordable housing or related services. The impact of those results, and the obstacles overcome to provide the housing or services are considered.

The Housing Production Award recognizes the development, preservation of, or conversion to affordable housing, innovative construction or financing techniques, responses to the unique needs of special populations, or the ability to provide information to the public about affordable housing options. Housing Production Award Nominees must be occupied, placed in service or active during the one-year period prior to Nov. 1, 2014.

Nominations for both categories are open to individuals, organizations, affordable housing programs or developments within the state of North Dakota.

Forms and the selection criteria are available online at www.ndhfa.org. Nominations must be received by Jan. 16, 2015. For more information on the awards, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or info@ndhfa.org.

From the Director, February 2014

Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director

I would like to thank everyone for the well wishes I’ve received since I took over the Executive Director role permanently in December. Your kindness and enthusiasm have given me even more motivation to continue making North Dakota Housing Finance Agency the best it can be.

In the nine months since I took on the huge task of filling Mike Anderson’s shoes, I have been extremely busy learning much more about all facets of the Agency’s operations, especially homeownership and all the details that go into financing those opportunities for our fellow North Dakotans. I am appreciative of the hardworking Agency staff who take on that task not just as a job, but as a mission. And of course we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our numerous partners. It is all of the lenders, real estate agents, developers, builders, elected officials and housing industry leaders who make housing in North Dakota work.

But it is important to also remember what we are working for – affordable housing opportunities for every North Dakotan. The faces of those renters and homeowners who have a new place to call home are inspiring. So often we hear the stories of those who struggled to find housing and it is heartwarming to know that we had some small part in bringing them home.

North Dakota continues to face housing challenges with headlines announcing city-sized population growth in the past year and homelessness tightening its grip on those with few other options. While we have made great strides alongside our partners in addressing housing issues, certainly there is much more to do.

In that spirit, I want to personally invite you to join us for the 23rd Annual Statewide Housing Conference on Feb. 26-27 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. We have a dynamic conference planned with incredible speakers, timely and informative breakout sessions and, of course, excellent opportunities to network and discuss how together we can all make it “Mission: Possible.”

Again thank you for your friendship, partnership and commitment to achieving our goals. I hope to see you in Bismarck on Feb. 26-27.

Jolene Kline
NDHFA executive director

Agency Hosts 23rd Annual Housing Conference

Event Provides Affordable Housing Educational and Networking Opportunities

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency(NDHFA) will host the 23rd Annual Statewide Housing Conference, “Mission: Possible,” on Feb. 26-27, 2014, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

“The conference is a great opportunity for housing industry professionals and community leaders to come together to learn about available resources and to discuss ways to address North Dakota’s affordable housing challenges,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

The conference opens on Wednesday morning with a roundtable discussion with legislative and housing industry leaders about how the housing development community can continue to meet the needs of the state.

Conference keynote speakers include crisis leadership and decision making expert Lt. Col. Robert Darling who supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the President’s Emergency Operations Center on Sept. 11, 2001; Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D., a nationally acclaimed economist and public speaker; and Kathleen Neset, president of Neset Consulting Service Inc. and an authority on the state’s energy industry.

Breakout session highlights include special guests, Frank Garay and Brian Stevens, hosts of the National Real Estate Post, who will introduce mortgage lenders and real estate agents to exciting and unique ways of delivering their message to customers. Additional breakout session topics include: getting started with affordable housing development, utilizing bond financing, lender training to identify self-employed borrower risks, basic fair housing law, collaboration to provide supportive services alongside housing, and rental program updates.

NDHFA will present its Champion of Affordable Housing awards at the closing luncheon on Thursday. The awards honor individuals and organizations who have made exceptional contributions to affordable housing in North Dakota. Lenders participating in the agency’s homeownership programs will also be recognized.

The North Dakota Real Estate Commission and the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners have each approved the conference for continuing education credit. Real estate agents will receive three hours of mandatory course credit for attending the Fair Housing Law breakout sessions on Feb. 26. Real estate agents and social workers who attend the full conference are eligible for eight credit hours.

The conference registration fee is $150 if postmarked by Feb. 19. One-day only registration is $80. For more information about the event, contact NDHFA at 701/328-8080, 800/292-8621 or info@ndhfa.org. Conference registration materials are available online at www.ndhfa.org.

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