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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 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.

Federal Tax Credits Support Affordable Housing Development

BISMARCK, ND – Six new housing projects for low income households will receive development support from the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) in 2015, the Industrial Commission announced today.

The projects are set to receive $2.7 million in credit authority under the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC), administered by the state agency.

“The financial support leveraged by the LIHTC program makes the development of housing for our most vulnerable populations feasible,” commission members said in a joint statement. The Industrial Commission, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA.

Sierra Court in Bismarck, Turtle Mountain Homes 9 in Dunseith, North Sky III in Fargo and McKenzie Village Apartments in Watford City are all for households age 55 and older. Northern Place in Dickinson and Sunset Ridge in Minot are targeted to low-wage workers. Six units in the Dickinson development are designated for households at risk of homelessness.

“As North Dakota grows, it is important to maximize our federal resources while leveraging the local, state and private dollars that are needed to bring more affordable housing to fruition,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

The 2015 federal tax credits will bring an estimated $37.7 million in equity to the projects.

LIHTCs are awarded annually through a competitive application process. The property owners will receive an annual federal tax credit for 10 years. In return, the projects must be affordable for households at or below 60 percent of area median income for at least 15 years. More information on the projects selected is available online at www.ndhfa.org/Development/LIHTC.html.

As part of this funding round, NDHFA also allocated $74,000 to senior projects in Jamestown and West Fargo to complete construction.

A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota. For more information on the LIHTC program, contact the agency at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

Landlord Training in Jamestown on Oct. 30

Jamestown, ND – Stutsman County Housing Authority (SCHA) will host a Landlord Training event on Thursday, Oct. 30, in Jamestown, N.D. The event’s purpose is to educate landlords, property owners and managers, civic leaders, tenants, and other interested parties about landlord do’s and don’ts.

“As we see changes happening across the state with new landlords, new rental units, and new tenants, we feel it is a good time to review what landlords should know,” explained David Klein, SCHA executive director.

The all-day event will include speakers from the North Dakota Apartments Association, High Plains Fair Housing, North Dakota Department of Labor, Ottmar & Ottmar Law Firm, Freedom Resource, Jamestown Police Department, and Safe Shelter. Speakers will cover screening tenants, eviction processes and small claims courts, domestic violence, criminal activity, discrimination, fair housing, and accessibility issues.

The training event will be held at the Gladstone Inn in Jamestown.  There is a $10 registration fee.  For more information, a complete agenda, and online registration, go to http://www.stutsmancountyhousing.com.

Stutsman County Housing Authority administers the Section 8 Voucher programs for Stutsman, Logan, Foster, Dickey and Sargent Counties, and a HOME grant program for North Dakota Region 6. It is the mission of the Stutsman County Housing Authority to provide safe, affordable housing opportunities for persons with low and moderate income and to promote economic self-sufficiency of families.

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.

Roundtable to Focus on Jamestown’s Housing Issues

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Examining the current housing situation in Jamestown and Stutsman County and planning for future growth will be the focus of a roundtable discussion here next week.

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA), Stutsman County Housing Authority, and other local and state leaders will host the roundtable at the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corporation office, 120 2nd Street SE, Jamestown, N.D., on Wednesday, May 21, from 1-5 p.m.

“Ensuring suitable and affordable housing options are available for all the residents of the community will be important as Jamestown and Stutsman County continue to grow,” said Jennifer Henderson, NDHFA’s planning and housing development director. “This roundtable will allow the community to discuss its changing economic and housing needs and plot out effective strategies for the future.”

Discussion topics will include current and future housing needs, programs and methods to encourage development, potential stumbling blocks, and solutions to create additional housing in the community.

City and county commissioners; legislators; housing, economic and job development authority officials; lenders; and rural electric cooperative representatives are encouraged to attend.

To RSVP or if you have questions, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or info@ndhfa.org. The registration deadline is May 19.

Federal Tax Credits Support Affordable Senior Housing

BISMARCK – The Industrial Commission announced today that the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) has allocated $2.4 million in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to five affordable senior housing projects.  The 163 units constructed will be located in Dickinson, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot and West Fargo.

“As North Dakota has grown dramatically in the last few years, so has the need for affordable housing for our aging population,” commission members said in a joint statement.

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

“We were pleased to receive so many good applications for quality projects, and to have the applications that will create housing for our most vulnerable population score so well,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “The 2014 credits bring an estimated $21 million in equity to the projects.”

The credits are awarded annually through a competitive application process. NDHFA received eight applications for the 2014 credits. All of the top-scoring applications were for projects providing housing for households age 55 and older.

Through the LIHTC program, the property owners receive an annual federal tax credit for 10 years. In return, the projects must be affordable for households at or below 60 percent of area median income for at least 15 years.

For more information on the LIHTC program, contact Sylvia Burgess at (800) 292-8621 or info@ndhfa.org.

NDHFA provides low-cost mortgages for low- to moderate-income households, finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing, and monitors program compliance on low-income housing projects across North Dakota.

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.