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Ribbon Cutting in Mercer County for Workforce Housing

BEULAH, ND, MAY 25, 2017 – A ribbon cutting ceremony for New Energy Apartments, a project bringing affordable workforce housing to Mercer County, will take place Thursday, June 8 at 11am. The property is located at 1400 New Energy Drive.

Lutheran Social Services Housing broke ground for the project in June 2016. Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director was present and commented, “Without affordable housing, it is challenging for a community to recruit and retain workers.” The $3.84 million project received nearly $1.15 million from the Housing Incentive Fund (HIF), a state program administered by NDHFA, that ensures the availability of affordable rental housing.

“Lutheran Social Services is proud to be able to provide affordable housing in the community of Beulah,” said John Phillips, real estate development director for Lutheran Social Services Housing, adding “now that the project is complete we have a mix of tenants enjoying the quality of life everyone desires and is affordable for those that have a need.” Support for the project included The Union Bank, Union State Bank, Bank of North Dakota and NDHFA, Beulah’s Job Development Authority, and the City of Beulah who donated the property.

12 of New Energy’s 24 units are designated for essential service workers (ESW) of the community – employees of the city, county and federal government, school district, medical and care centers. Rents in the building range from $355 to $925, depending on household income and unit size, with the majority of rents at $750. Lutheran Social Services Property Management Group manages the project, (701) 630-5510 or (800) 609-8634.

Lutheran Social Services Housing, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, supports the continued vitality of the state’s smaller communities by providing nonprofit affordable housing and housing related services, with more than 30 rental housing projects currently owned and/or under management.

Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc. is a nonprofit subsidiary of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota providing affordable housing to rural North Dakota communities.

Bowman Celebrates Completion of The Landing

Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley visits with Bowman community members at The Landing open house.

Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley visits with Bowman community members at The Landing open house.

BOWMAN, ND – State and community leaders today said completion of The Landing, a Lutheran Social Services Housing development in Bowman, will provide more housing choices for individuals and families as well as affordable independent living for people with disabilities who receive services from ABLE Inc.

“As our state and economy grows, it is important that we continue to build the infrastructure necessary to sustain that growth and to ensure that quality, affordable housing is available for all North Dakotans,” said Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, who attended today’s celebration on behalf of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. “This project is a great example of how the private and public sectors can work together to make valuable investments in our communities. I applaud Lutheran Social Services and the local residents and businesses that made this project a reality for Bowman.”

The Landing received more than $2.4 million in development assistance from the state, allowing the new apartments to rent at affordable levels. North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) made a Housing Incentive Fund commitment to the project that was strongly supported by the community. The project also received assistance from NDHFA through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program and an interest rate buy-down through Bank of North Dakota’s (BND) FlexPACE Affordable Housing Program. Additional partners in the project included Dakota Western Bank and Agribank.

State and local officials celebrate the opening of The Landing in Bowman, ND.

State and local officials celebrate the opening of The Landing in Bowman, ND.

“It can be challenging for people living on fixed incomes in energy-impacted areas to find quality housing options,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “Developments like The Landing ensure that all households can live comfortably in the community they call home.”

Located at 14 3rd Ave SE in Bowman, The Landing has six one-bedroom, fourteen two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units. The three-story complex is designed to be accessible to the elderly and persons with disabilities and incorporates “green technology” to the greatest extent practical. More information about the property is available from Lutheran Social Services Housing at (701) 271-3207 or housing@lssnd.org.

“Lutheran Social Services’ focus is on creating affordable housing for rural communities,” said John Phillips, a real estate development specialist for the nonprofit. “We are very pleased with the support The Landing received from the state and the community.”

Lutheran Social Services Housing Inc., a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, supports the continued vitality of the state’s smaller communities by providing nonprofit affordable housing and housing-related services, with more than 20 rental housing projects currently completed and/or under management and several additional projects in various stages of development.

A self-supporting agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA and BND. More information about NDHFA is available online at www.ndhfa.org or by calling 800-292-8621.

Construction Begins on Bowman Project That Will House ABLE Clients

BOWMAN, ND – Project partners gathered here Friday afternoon to celebrate the construction of The Landing, a Lutheran Social Services Housing development that will provide affordable rental housing for individuals and families, as well as clients of ABLE Inc.

“We are thrilled to have this project underway,” said John Phillips, Lutheran Social Services Housing real estate development specialist. “The Landing has received broad community support, for which we are very grateful.”

The Landing received a $936,264 funding commitment from the Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) which was backed by 37 contributions from taxpayers. The largest contribution, $275,000, was made by Dakota Western Bank. The local bank also financed the development’s construction.

“We are very appreciative of Dakota Western Bank’s assistance and all the contributions the project received,” said Mary Anderson, ABLE Inc. executive director. “This generosity will enable us to create better housing opportunities for people with disabilities.”

HIF, administered by the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA), provides low-cost financing to developers of affordable multifamily housing. Taxpayers that contribute to the fund receive dollar-for-dollar state tax credits. Contributions can be directed to a specific project or community.

“Providing quality housing for households of modest means is one of North Dakota’s top priorities,” said Max Wetz, NDHFA director of public affairs. “The agency is pleased to be able to provide financial assistance to this very meaningful project.”

John Phillips, LSS Housing and Mary Anderson, ABLE Inc.

The development also received $1.2 million from NDHFA through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The support provided by the housing agency will allow for reduced rents in the 10 units occupied by lower income households.
Additional support was provided by ABLE Inc. donating the land the project will be located on, an $89,000 value; and The AgriBank providing a $25,000 grant through its Rural Community Grant Fund.

The Landing will consist of six one-bedroom, 14 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units. The total cost of constructing the three-story building is estimated to be $3.5 million. Lutheran Social Services Housing anticipates that construction will be completed by Aug. 2014.

NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota. The agency recently announced that it has made funding commitments to 34 new HIF projects. NDHFA must capitalize $20 million in tax credits to ensure that these projects can also move forward. More information on HIF is available online at www.ndhousingincentivefund.org.

Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc., a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, supports the continued vitality of the state’s smaller communities by providing nonprofit affordable housing and housing-related services, with more than 20 rental housing projects currently completed and/or under management and several additional projects in various stages of development.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, guided by a spirit of service, is a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need of affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status.

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

Belfield’s Greenfield Heights Townhomes Complete

BELFIELD, ND – State and local officials gathered in Belfield, ND, on Tuesday to tour the Greenfield Heights Townhomes, a Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc. development supported by a local energy services company.

MBI Energy Services contributed $225,000 to the Housing Incentive Fund in Dec. 2011 targeting the funds to the Greenfield Heights Townhomes, a Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc. development.

“We are thrilled to showcase this fine example of what can happen when public and private entities come together,” said Jessica Thomasson, Lutheran Social Services Housing Director. “We are extremely grateful to MBI Energy Services for the support.”

MBI Energy Services contributed $225,000 to the Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) in Dec. 2011 targeting the nonprofit’s project. Headquartered in Belfield, the company wanted to ensure the availability of quality, affordable housing units in the community.

“The challenge facing many energy-impacted communities is how to get temporary workers to become a permanent part of the community,” said Jolene Kline, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) acting executive director. “One critical step is to provide the workforce with a housing option that allows them to move their families to North Dakota.”

Capitalized by state taxpayers, HIF provides low-cost financing to developers of affordable multifamily housing. Contributions can be directed to a specific project or community.

The development also received $750,000 through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). A stimulus program, NSP has been used in North Dakota to create workforce housing in areas impacted by the energy industry.

NDHFA administers both HIF and NSP.

Greenfield Heights Townhomes consists of eight two-bedroom and four three-bedroom rental units. Six of the twin-home style units are restricted to households earning no more than 120 percent of Area Median Income. The other six units are market rate. The total cost of constructing the townhomes was $1.58 million.

Additional key partners in the project included Great Plains National Bank, Stark County Development Corporation and the Belfield Housing Authority.

Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc., a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, supports the continued vitality of the state’s smaller communities by providing nonprofit affordable housing and housing-related services, with fifteen rental housing projects currently completed and/or under management and several additional projects in various stages of development.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, guided by a spirit of service, is a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need of affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status.

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

More information about the Housing Incentive Fund is available online at www.ndhousingincentivefund.org.

Nonprofit Marks Completion of Two Tioga Housing Developments

TIOGA, ND – Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc. and the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) marked the successful completion of two Tioga apartment complexes on Tuesday morning with an old fashioned pie and ice cream social.

“Lutheran Social Services’ focus is on strengthening North Dakotans, their families and their communities,” said Jessica Thomasson, Lutheran Social Services Housing director. “We are pleased to be here in the heart of North Dakota’s energy boom, providing for the housing needs of the people of Tioga.”

Located just north of the Tioga Medical Center, the Nordic Hills Apartments provides 26 units of affordable rental housing for seniors and families.

Located just north of the Tioga Medical Center, the nonprofit’s new Nordic Hills Apartments provides 26 units of affordable rental housing for seniors and families and its adjacent Juniper Ridge Apartments offers an additional 10 spacious units.

“Keeping rural communities thriving is very important to NDHFA,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA acting executive director. “We are proud to partner with Lutheran Social Services to support this community’s affordable housing needs.”

NDHFA allocated $474,025 in 2010 federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to Nordic Hills bringing $3.5 million in equity to the project. The development qualified for a LIHTC program set-aside for energy-impacted communities. The National Equity Fund syndicated the credits and supported Lutheran Social Services in completing what was their first tax credit project.

The state agency also provided Nordic Hills with $2 million in construction financing through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP3); $800,000 of which was converted to permanent financing. The total project cost was $4.5 million.

Juniper Ridge received $1 million in permanent financing from NDHFA through NSP3. The project cost exceeded $1.5 million.

Additional key partners in the developments include Bremer Bank, the Tioga Fund, and the Star Fund. “All of our partners have been vital to getting this project off the ground,” Thomasson noted. “We could not do this work alone.”

All of the Nordic Hills units have gross rents that meet the requirements for the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Williams County, which means tenants with housing vouchers are able to use them at the property. A three-person household that earns $34,860 or less will qualify to rent one of the three-bedroom units for $670.

An additional 10 spacious units are available in the Juniper Ridge Apartments.

The units in the Juniper Ridge complex are restricted to households earning no more than 120 percent of Area Median Income. Currently, a three-person household that earns $69,720 or less will qualify to rent one of the three-bedroom apartments for $797.

Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc., a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, supports the continued vitality of the state’s smaller communities by providing nonprofit affordable housing and housing-related services, with fifteen rental housing projects currently completed and/or under management, with several additional projects in various stages of development.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, guided by a spirit of service, is a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need of affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status.

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