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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.

From the Interim Executive Director, February 2020

It seems like 2020 is the year of saying ‘yes’ at North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) to new ways of doing business, new programs and community engagement. Some of the initiatives I will be referencing were in motion last year and are now being successfully implemented.

We divided our annual housing conference into two forums to strengthen the focus on homeownership and multifamily housing topics. We hosted the Homeownership Forum in West Fargo and Bismarck earlier this week, and I would like to thank all the attendees, sponsors and exhibitors that made the event a success. I’d also like to congratulate the Champions of Affordable Housing Award winners we recognized, your dedication to the residents of North Dakota is remarkable.

The Multifamily Housing Forum is April 16 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. It will be preceded by a full-day training session on Uniform Physical Condition Standards. The forum is dedicated to networking and education-based sessions for property managers, multifamily housing developers and service providers. Register by April 1st and save, and if your organization is interested in exhibitor and sponsor opportunities, there are two more days until the Feb. 28 deadline.

The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People approached NDHFA about administering the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program (CoC) last year. The CoC promotes a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting the nonprofits that house homeless individuals and families. When NDHFA assumes the administrative role next month, the agency expands its mission to serve vulnerable populations by strengthening ties to the service providers who are the first-in-line defense for emergency housing.

In January, NDHFA’s staff met with Governor Burgum and his administration during a strategic review session to discuss housing needs and trends for the state. The session fostered a deeper understanding of the Administration’s statewide initiatives with an emphasis on improving access to housing. The agency is in the process of developing a five-year strategic plan, building upon the planning sessions that have been taking place over the past several months.

And while we are busy with the projects and workload of 2020, we need to celebrate the success of the past year, which you can read about in our 2019 Annual Report.

From the Interim Executive Director, September 2019

Dave

Dave Flohr, NDHFA Interim Executive Director

Over the past three decades, I have been involved in nearly every segment of NDHFA. As the agency has grown in both staff and programs and branched into new divisions, I have focused my attention on homeownership. Now, over the past two months as acting interim director, I have gotten a crash course on urban and rural multifamily housing, financing and the services offered to vulnerable populations.

Five projects North Dakota Housing Finance Agency supported had groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremonies in the last two months, and at least three more events are scheduled before the end of the year. As we celebrate each project and the affordable housing provided, we continuously hear that there is still isn’t enough to meet each community’s needs.

With the September application deadlines approaching for the 2019 funding rounds for Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), National Housing Trust Fund and the state’s Housing Incentive Fund, the competition is extensive and choosing is never easy. For every awardee, there are numerous projects that are just as deserving.

Right now, we have an opportunity to expand the limited resources to develop more affordable housing. There is a bill in Congress – the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019, S. 1703/H.R. 3077 – which, if passed, would greatly benefit small states like North Dakota at a magnitude much more significant than larger states which have other resources at their disposal. If passed, the efficiencies and enhancements contained in the Housing Credit Improvement Act would enable North Dakota to double, and maybe triple, the number of projects produced each year.

And so, I ask everyone to please advocate for affordable housing in your communities and in our state. Voice your support for programs like LIHTC and HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership, and also champion local city and county incentives – without any of which affordable housing development would not be possible. Communicate with our lawmakers, whether they convene in Bismarck, N.D., or in Washington D.C., that having a home that is safe, decent and affordable is a priority in North Dakota. It makes our communities stronger and keeps us growing!

FirstHome™ Lender Training Fall Schedule

LenderTrainingLinkImageNorth Dakota Housing Finance Agency will host two FirstHome™ lender training sessions this fall.

“FirstHome lender training is geared to the new staff of our participating lenders, new or pending participating lenders, and current lender staff that want a refresher course,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA homeownership division director.

The training is intended to introduce participating lenders to the Agency’s homeownership programs – FirstHome, HomeAccess and North Dakota Roots, provide a review of different loan types, borrower and property eligibility, and guide lenders through the process of locking a loan with NDHFA.

The training sessions will be held on Oct. 5 at the Expressway Suites, 4303 17th Ave S, Fargo, and Oct. 12 at the Comfort Inn, 1030 E Interstate Ave, Bismarck. Both sessions are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and to be completed no later than 1:00 p.m.

There are no registration fees for the lender training, however pre-registration is required. A block of sleeping rooms are reserved at both hotels. If you have questions, contact Dave Flohr or Kim Becker at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.