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Single-Family Housing Rehab Program Grants Approved

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved an allocation of almost $200,000 today through Helping Housing Across North Dakota (HAND). The program addresses the housing rehab needs of lower-income individuals and families by providing grants to targeted community programs. North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) administers the program.

“Helping HAND ensures North Dakotans of limited means continue to have a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Commission members in a joint statement. The Industrial Commission, consisting of Gov. Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA.

The 2020 grant distribution follows:

  • Community Action Partnership, Dickinson/Williston, $15,479.
  • Community Action Partnership, Minot, $20,489.
  • Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency, Devils Lake, $15,505.
  • Red River Valley Community Action, Grand Forks, $21,441.
  • Southeastern ND Community Action Agency, Fargo, $42,709.
  • Community Action Region VI, Jamestown, $11,697.
  • Community Action Program Region VII, Bismarck, $27,080.
  • Spirit Lake Tribal Housing, Fort Totten, $14,666.
  • Trenton Indian Service Area, Trenton, $14,666.
  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt, $14,666.
  • Rebuilding Together, Fargo, $800.
  • Rebuilding Together, Mandan, $800.

Helping HAND assistance is provided to households with incomes that do not exceed 80 percent of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s median for the county in which their home is located. Matching funds of at least 25 percent of the total project costs are required to access the grant dollars.

“Through Helping HAND, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency has allocated over $6 million in agency earnings since the program began in 1993 to assist more than 7,500 lower-income individuals and families statewide,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA interim executive director.

NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. More information on the agency and the affordable housing programs it administers is available online at www.ndhfa.org.

Affordable Housing Development Assistance Allocated Statewide

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Industrial Commission announced today that nine projects have received funding commitments from North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) to support the construction or rehabilitation of almost 500 affordable housing units statewide.

NDHFA allocated $3.8 million in federal tax credit authority through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. When syndicated, the credits are expected to generate more than $34 million in project equity. NDHFA also awarded $2.7 million through the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and $7.25 million from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund (HIF).

“The funding commitments made by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency support the development of projects in communities large and small that will provide safe and affordable housing for our state’s most vulnerable households,” said members of the Commission in a joint statement. The Industrial Commission, consisting of Gov. Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA.

About the Projects
Lutheran Social Services Housing Inc. was awarded $800,000 from HIF to support the redevelopment of Boulevard Avenue Apartments, preserving 108 units of affordable housing in Bismarck, ND.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows of North Dakota was awarded $776,000 in credit authority through the LIHTC program to support the redevelopment of IOOF Retirement Village I and II. The project preserves 78 units of supportive senior housing in Devils Lake, ND.

Phase 2 of the Lakeland Court Apartments project in Devils Lake, ND, was awarded $1,289,527 from HIF. The SW Design Build Inc. project will create 24 new, senior-friendly housing units.

Elliott Place, a Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority project, will create 84 new units of supportive senior housing. NDHFA awarded the project $1,128,016 in credit authority through the LIHTC program, $2.2 million from the HTF, and $3 million from HIF.

Homefield 3, the final phase of a Beyond Shelter Inc. (BSI) supportive senior housing development, was awarded $720,274 in credit authority through LIHTC. The Fargo, ND, project will provide 39 new units.

Commonwealth Development Corporation was awarded $720,000 in credit authority through LIHTC to support the development of Eagle Flats in Jamestown, ND. The project will create 33 new homes for families including seven supportive housing units that will be reserved for households at risk of homelessness.

Souris Heights, a 54-unit supportive senior housing complex that will be developed by BSI in Minot, ND, was awarded $1,757,026 through HIF.

A substantial rehab of Courtyard Apartments in Rugby, ND, received a $400,000 award through HIF. The Affordable Housing Developers Inc. project preserves 20 units of affordable rental housing.

The Housing Authority of Cass County was awarded $791,719 in LIHTC program credit authority and $500,000 through the HTF to develop Sierra Townhomes. The West Fargo, ND, project will create 38 new housing units, including nine units of supportive housing for families at risk of homelessness.

About the Programs
LIHTC provides an indirect federal subsidy used to finance the construction or rehabilitation of rental housing for lower-income households. The purpose of the HTF is to increase and preserve the supply of housing for extremely low-income households including homeless families. HIF strengthens communities by supporting the development or preservation of rental housing for low- to moderate-income households.

The application process for each program is competitive with the top-scoring projects receiving the awards.

“We had a robust spread of requests for funding this year, with all of our programs receiving applications for more than twice the funding available,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA’s interim executive director.

The development programs administered by NDHFA have allocation plans that are reviewed annually to ensure that the projects that receive financial awards address North Dakota’s greatest housing needs.

Each applicant must provide evidence that there is a need for the type of housing proposed, that the community supports the project, and that construction costs are reasonable. The period of affordability for the projects receiving federal funds is 30 years; HIF’s minimum period of affordability is 15 years.

More information about the development programs administered by NDHFA and the projects awarded assistance is available online at www.ndhfa.org.

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.”

Housing Incentive Fund Fully Capitalized

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Industrial Commission announced today that the state’s Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) has been fully capitalized for the biennium. The program relies on taxpayer support to provide low-cost financing to developers of affordable rental housing.

HIF Invest in Your Community“We are very pleased with the success of the Housing Incentive Fund,” said members of the Commission in a joint statement. “Through the program, almost 2,500 new housing units have been created statewide since 2011, helping to address the demand brought on by North Dakota’s economic growth.”

The Commission, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA), the program administrator.

The state legislature reauthorized HIF during the 2015 session approving a $10 million transfer to the program from Bank of North Dakota profits and giving NDHFA $30 million in tax credit authority to further capitalize HIF.

“We are thankful for the support of all of our contributors. It is only with their assistance that the Housing Incentive Fund is able to advance North Dakota’s efforts to provide housing that’s affordable for all of our residents,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

NDHFA began accepting contributions on July 1, 2015. The agency had until Dec. 31, 2016, to secure all of the contributions needed. NDHFA declared the program fully capitalized on October 14, 2016.

A total of 340 contributions were received. A little over half of the monetary support, $15.08 million, came from financial institutions. Businesses contributed $12.27 million with the single-largest contribution being made by Tesoro Corporation at $5.3 million. Individual taxpayers contributed $2.66 million – their average being $9,914. All of the contributors received dollar-for-dollar state income tax credits.

The development assistance provided through HIF this biennium will leverage $196.4 million in construction costs to create 1,105 housing units. The projects are located in Beulah, Bismarck, Bowman, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Gwinner, Hazen, Killdeer, Mandan, Minot, New Rockford, Valley City, Watford City and Williston. More than one-third of the 30 projects will provide housing for special needs households including disabled, homeless and elderly individuals and families.

“We look forward to seeing these developments through to completion, providing the housing our communities need for healthy growth and development,” Kline said.

A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota.

Housing Needs Assessment Regional Forums Planned

StakeholderForumBISMARCK, ND – In conjunction with the release of the 2016 Statewide Housing Needs Assessment, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency is hosting regional stakeholder forums across the state to allow community leaders and members of the public to learn more about projected housing needs in their area.

An analysis of the state’s current and future housing needs, the Assessment is available online at www.ndhfa.org. It was conducted by the Center for Social Research and the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University.

The regional forums will feature a presentation by Assessment author Dr. Nancy Hodur as well as a discussion of housing needs and priorities specific to each region. Community leaders, business people, housing stakeholders and the general public are invited to provide their input at these meetings.

Regional Stakeholder Forums, all times are local:

  •  Tri-County Region I – Sept. 19 at 10 a.m., Williston Center for Development, Planning and Zoning Conference Room (2nd floor), 113 4th St East, Williston, ND.
  • Roosevelt-Custer Region VIII – Sept. 19 at 3 p.m., Dickinson Public Library, Community Room, 139 West 3rd St, Dickinson, ND.
  • Souris Basin Region II – Sept. 20 at 10 a.m., Minot Public Library, North Room, 516 2nd Ave SW, Minot, ND.
  • North Central Region III – Sept. 20 at 3 p.m., Lake Region State College, Chautauqua Room, 1801 College Dr N, Devils Lake, ND.
  • Red River Region IIII – Sept. 21 at 10 a.m., Grand Forks Herald, Community Room (Alley Entrance), 375 2nd Ave N, Grand Forks, ND.
  • Lake Agassiz Region V – Sept. 21 at 3 p.m., Fargo Public Library Community Room, 102 N 3rd St, Fargo, ND.
  • South Central Region VI – Sept. 22 at 10 a.m., Jamestown/Stutsman County Development Corp., 120 2nd St SE, Jamestown, ND.
  • Lewis & Clark Region VII – Sept. 22 at 3 p.m., State Capitol, Pioneer Room, 600 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND.

Assessment components include a statewide population and housing forecast, regional profiles and detailed tables broken down by various levels of geography including the state as a whole, the eight planning regions, 53 counties, 12 major cities and four Native American Indian Reservations. An additional study component that examines several special topics such as recent trends in housing costs and special populations will be released in September.

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

NDSU’s Center for Social Research is an applied social science research unit dedicated to providing a venue through which a wide variety of research activities are facilitated. Hodur is the Center’s director and has over 25 years of professional experience in applied research, public policy and outreach education.

Affordable Housing a Key Consideration

When making decisions about the future, having access to affordable housing is a key consideration for everyone from community and business leaders to workers and consumers.

HIF Invest in Your Community“Without affordable housing, it is challenging for businesses to recruit and retain employees,” says Jolene Kline, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency executive director. “And, seniors and disabled individuals need safe, suitable options to be able to remain in a community.”

Through the support of state taxpayers, NDHFA’s Housing Incentive Fund has proven to be an excellent resource in addressing the state’s most critical housing needs. The program provides low-cost financing to developers of affordable housing.

“Since HIF’s inception, we have allocated over $89.6 million to 78 projects,” said Kline. “These dollars have leveraged more than $425 million in construction financing to support the development of 2,450 new housing units statewide.”

NDHFA is currently focused on fully capitalizing the program so it can honor commitments made to projects in Bismarck, Bowman, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Gwinner, Minot, Valley City and Williston. The agency has until Dec. 31, 2016, to raise the $3 million needed.

HIF contributors receive a dollar-for-dollar state income tax credit and can target contributions to a specific project or community. Learn more online at www.ndhousingincentivefund.org or by contacting NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

Housing Projects Statewide Split Development Assistance

Housing Incentive Fund program logoHousing Incentive Fund Tax Credits Still Available
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Industrial Commission announced today that 10 projects will share $9.7 million from the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) following a spring 2016 funding round. The program supports the development of affordable multifamily housing for essential service workers, main street employees and fixed-income households.

“The Housing Incentive Fund is a powerful resource that has allowed us to address North Dakota’s most critical housing needs,” said members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission in a joint statement. The commission, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA), the HIF program administrator.

NDHFA selected projects in Bismarck, Bowman, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Minot, Valley City and Williston. Seven of the projects are new construction with two projects in both Devils Lake and Valley City. The retirement of a portion of the debt for existing Bowman, Dickinson and Williston projects will result in market-rate units being converted to affordable housing and will not increase the communities’ overall housing inventory.

“A set-aside for rural communities in this funding round allowed us to address the needs of under-served areas of the state while also supporting the development of more than two dozen units affordable for extremely-low income households,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA’s executive director. “Our focus now is on capitalizing HIF so that all of our commitments can be honored and this much-needed housing can be built.”

NDHFA has until Dec. 31, 2016, to raise the final $3 million required to fully capitalize HIF. Individuals and businesses that make contributions receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit. Contributions can be targeted to a specific project or community. More information is available online at www.ndhousingincentivefund.org or by contacting NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov. 

Since HIF’s 2011 inception, $89.6 million has been allocated to 78 projects, leveraging almost $425 million in construction financing to support the development of more than 2,450 new housing units statewide.

A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota.

Industrial Commission Approves Distribution of Housing Grants

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Industrial Commission has authorized the distribution of more than $197,000 to organizations statewide through Helping Housing Across North Dakota (Helping HAND). North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) administers the program.

“Helping HAND allows community action agencies, tribal housing authorities and other nonprofit organizations to quickly address the unmet housing needs of lower-income individuals and families,” commission members said in a joint statement. The Industrial Commission, consisting of Gov. Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency.

The 2014 funds will be distributed as follows:

Community Action Program Region VII, Bismarck………………………..$31,125
Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency, Devils Lake…………………… $20,126
Community Action Partnership, Dickinson/Williston……………………….. $15,491
Southeastern ND Community Action Agency, Fargo……………………… $46,204
Red River Valley Community Action, Grand Forks………………………… $29,608
Community Action Region VI, Jamestown………………………………….. $14,002
Community Action Partnership, Minot……………………………………….. $20,444
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt………………………………. $9,166
Red River Valley Habitat for Humanity, Grand Forks…………………….. $3,000
Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, Moorhead……………………………. $3,000
Habitat for Humanity Northern Lights, Minot……………………………….. $3,000
Rebuilding Together, Fargo/Moorhead……………………………………… $1,000
Camp of the Cross Ministries/Dream Catchers, Garrison……………..   $1,000

Funded by agency earnings, Helping HAND has leveraged more than $26 million since 2000 for the construction or rehabilitation of more than 4,500 housing units statewide.

Grant recipients are encouraged to use program dollars to benefit the largest number of households possible. A local match of 25 percent is required to access the funds. Helping HAND dollars are most often used for housing weatherization and rehabilitation projects. All of the funds must be utilized for projects in North Dakota.

For more information on Helping HAND, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or visit www.ndhfa.org.

Commission Recognizes Housing Incentive Fund Contributor

QEP Resources, Inc. contributed $1 million to the Housing Incentive Fund, helping to create hundreds of new affordable housing units in western North Dakota.

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Industrial Commission today recognized QEP Resources, Inc., for contributing $1 million in December to help the Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) create hundreds of new affordable housing units in western North Dakota.

The company was one of five entities contributing $1 million or more to the fund, allowing for the full capitalization of the program a year in advance of the deadline.

“With North Dakota’s economic growth expected to continue well into the future, affordable housing development remains a top priority for our state,” commission members said in a joint statement. “North Dakota taxpayers, whether they are individuals or businesses like QEP Resources, recognize this need and have shown resounding support for the Housing Incentive Fund.”

The Industrial Commission, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the state’s housing development efforts.

“QEP Resources is excited and thankful for the opportunity to contribute $1 million to support the state’s affordable housing development program,” said Matt Thompson, Vice President of QEP Energy’s Northern Region. “As we safely and responsibly develop North Dakota’s natural resources, we are committed to supporting the growth and development of the state’s local communities through programs like the Housing Incentive Fund. In addition, we allocated more than $800 million of capital investment to our North Dakota operations in 2013, and we look forward to continued investment in the state for years to come.”

QEP’s contribution will support development of Arrowhead Estate in Arnegard and the second phase of a Williston State College Foundation development. Both projects are intended to provide affordable housing for essential service workers. The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) administers HIF.

Five entities contributed $1 million or more to the fund, allowing for the full capitalization of the program one year in advance of the deadline.

“We sincerely appreciate the support our development program has received,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “We look forward to seeing these developments through to their completion, providing the affordable housing North Dakota’s communities need for healthy growth and development.”

NDHFA received 448 contributions with the greatest monetary support – more than $11.3 million – coming from financial institutions. Gate City Bank and U.S. Bank each contributed $3 million, and Bell State Bank & Trust and Wells Fargo Bank contributed $1 million apiece.

The successful capitalization means that 34 projects that NDHFA conditionally funded last year will move forward creating 934 new housing units in Arnegard, Beach, Bismarck, Burlington, Crosby, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Dunn Center, Fargo, Grafton, Hettinger, Jamestown, Lignite, Mandan, Minot, New Rockford, Turtle Lake, Watford City and Williston.

The Industrial Commission recommended that HIF be reauthorized during the 2013 legislative session. NDHFA received a $15.4 million general fund appropriation and was authorized to further capitalize HIF by issuing $20 million in state tax credits.

For more information about HIF and the developments it supports, contact Kline or Bill Hourigan at (800) 292-8621 or info@ndhfa.org. Information is also available online at ndhousingincentivefund.org. 

Housing Incentive Fund Fully Capitalized in Only Eight Months

State Taxpayers Readily Support Affordable Housing Development

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Industrial Commission announced today that the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NHDFA) has fully capitalized the state’s affordable housing development program only eight months after it was reauthorized.

“As North Dakota grows, affordable housing development has become one of our top priorities,” said members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission in a joint statement. “The Housing Incentive Fund has been a huge boost in creating affordable housing units in communities all over the state.”

The Commission, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA’s housing development efforts and advocated for reauthorization of the highly successful Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) program that was first created in 2011.

HIF was reauthorized during the 2013 Legislative Session and NDHFA received a $15.4 million general fund appropriation and was given the authority to further capitalize the program by issuing $20 million in state tax credits by Dec. 31, 2014. Strong public support resulted in the HIF being fully funded well in advance of the deadline.

Almost 450 contributions were received with the greatest monetary support coming from the banking community. Twenty-eight financial institutions contributed more than $11.3 million combined. Forty-two contributions were made by businesses totaling $3.6 million. More than $5 million was directed to the fund by 378 individual taxpayers; the average household contributing $13,500.

“With North Dakota’s strong, diversified economy contributing to statewide growth that is expected to continue well into the future, affordable housing choices are more important than ever,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “Greater understanding of this need by the public allowed for the rapid capitalization of the fund.”

In November, NDHFA announced that in only two funding rounds, it had committed all of HIF program dollars to 34 projects, leveraging $150 million in construction financing. The program will create 934 housing units, 220 are set aside for households that provide essential community services in energy-impacted communities including education, law enforcement, and medical personnel. Approximately one-third of the developments will provide housing for special needs households including disabled, homeless and elderly individuals and families.

The projects funded by the HIF program will be located in Arnegard, Beach, Bismarck, Burlington, Crosby, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Dunn Center, Fargo, Grafton, Hettinger, Jamestown, Lignite, Mandan, Minot, New Rockford, Turtle Lake, Watford City and Williston.

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota. The North Dakota Industrial Commission oversees the agency. To learn more about HIF and developments it supports, contact Kline or Bill Hourigan at (800) 292-8621 or info@ndhfa.org. Information is also available online at ndhousingincentivefund.org.