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Bismarck Housing for Long-Term Homeless Opens

NDHFA Interim Executive Director Dave Flohr congratulates Burleigh County Housing Authority on the successful completion of Edwinton Place.

BISMARCK, ND – Burleigh County Housing Authority (BCHA) marked the completion of Edwinton Place Apartments today. The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) project will provide 40 individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness with a stable home and offer services to address the issues that are the cause of their homelessness.

After thanking his development partner, Beyond Shelter Inc. (BSI), and the community leaders and organizations that supported the project, BCHA Executive Director Dwight Barden said in reference to Edwinton’s ‘Housing First’ approach, “Now, the real work begins.”

Housing First is endorsed by the federal government as the way to end long-term homelessness, providing immediate, permanent housing without pre-requisites like treatment or sobriety and then offering voluntary services. At Edwinton, the Dacotah Foundation, West Central Human Service Center, Community Options, Heartview Foundation, Youthworks of North Dakota and Job Service will offer treatment for substance abuse, personal care and assistance finding employment. Medical care will be provided by Sanford Health and Northland Health Center.

Edwinton Place

Edwinton Place is a Permanent Supportive Housing project that will provide 40 individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness with a stable home and offer services to address the issues that are the cause of their homelessness. More photos of the property are available on NDHFA’s Facebook page, https://bit.ly/2pC7Wyq.

Edwinton is North Dakota’s third PSH project to offer individuals Housing First. BSI, a nonprofit developer based in Fargo, ND, partnered with Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority to open Cooper House in 2010 and with Grand Forks Housing Authority to open LaGrave on First in 2018.

“Beyond Shelter focuses on developing housing for the lowest income households in the community, the people whose needs are often overlooked,” BSI Development Director Lisa Rotvold.

Most of Edwinton’s financing was provided by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA).

“Battling chronic conditions without housing makes it difficult to stabilize, leaving people trapped in a spiral that is nearly impossible to escape,” said NDHFA Interim Executive Director Dave Flohr. “When a community comes together to address the needs of its most vulnerable citizens, we all win.”

The state agency awarded $813,000 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits to the project providing it with $7.2 million in equity. NDHFA also provided $1,026,147 from the National Housing Trust Fund, $460,000 from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and $500,000 from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund.

The City of Bismarck, in agreement with Burleigh County and the Bismarck Public School District, approved a 20-year Payment in Lieu of Taxes for the property valued at more than $2 million. North Dakota Department of Commerce committed $730,000 through NSP for land acquisition, $362,500 of which will go toward the land lease. Through Bank of North Dakota, the Federal Home Loan Bank awarded $750,000 from the Affordable Housing Program. The Otto Bremer Trust provided $62,000 to cover pre-development costs. Construction financing was provided by Gate City Bank. The total cost of development was $10.3 million.

Located at 1121 S 11th Street, Edwinton is a four-story building with a controlled entrance and 24/7 front desk staffing. On the first floor, offices, meeting rooms and an exam room allows for services to be provided at the site. A community room, TV room and computer room for tenant use is located on the same level. The upper floors are made up of 40 one-bedroom/bath apartments with full kitchens. Eight of the units are fully accessible for persons with a physical disability.

The gross rent of the apartments is $729 with a $40 utility allowance making tenant rent $689 per month. Burleigh County Housing Authority project-based Housing Choice Vouchers to ensure the affordability of the units for the property’s extremely low-income tenants. With the vouchers, the tenants will pay no more than 30 percent of their income towards rent.

BCHA began moving tenants into the property earlier this month. The housing authority is anticipating that Edwinton will be fully occupied by the end of the year. Because most of the tenants are expected to arrive with minimal personal items, the housing authority is trying to outfit the apartments with the necessities needed for daily living through an Amazon wish list. Dinnerware, towels, bedding and small appliances are still needed.

“The community has been very responsive,” said Barden. “We appreciate the assistance in helping to furnishing the units equitability.”

Compliance Elements: Training for MF Housing Programs

complianceelementsregopenNorth Dakota Housing Finance Agency will host a Multi-family Housing Programs Compliance Training at the Comfort Inn in Bismarck, ND, on Oct. 26, 2016.

Managers of properties that received development assistance through NDHFA’s Housing Incentive Fund, Law Enforcement Housing Pilot Program, Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the Rural Housing Rehabilitation Program are encouraged to attend.

“The training will provide an opportunity for property managers to learn how to successfully manage the annual compliance monitoring requirements associated with our programs,” said Jennifer Henderson, director of NDHFA’s planning and housing development division.

The one-day training will focus on annual desk reviews including completion of compliance reports, calculating utility allowances and financial reporting, and qualifying tenants and managing their files. Training participates will receive sample forms, participate in case studies, and time will be allotted for Q&A with the agency’s compliance staff.

There are no registration fees for the compliance training, however pre-registration is required. More details on the compliance training will be provide directly to property managers in mid-September.  

Grateful for My Home

Jeri Frick

Jeri Frick

When Jeri Fick first learned she would be able to move into the new North Sky Apartments in Fargo’s Urban Plains neighborhood in the southwest part of town, she cried.

“I just get very emotional thinking about it because I am so appreciative,” she said. “I don’t know how people would be able to do it without assistance like this.”

The first phase of North Sky Apartments opened in Fall 2014 and Jeri moved with her assistance dog, Molly, into her one-bedroom unit in January 2015 after living at another market-rate apartment complex in the community.

“It just got to be too expensive,” she said. “I couldn’t afford it anymore. It got to the point where I didn’t know if I was going to be homeless.”

That’s what made her North Sky apartment so special to her. “I can actually have a life,” she said. “I can afford my rent and still go to a movie if I want to now. Before, all of my money was going to pay rent.”

She also appreciates the sense of community in the 55+ apartment complex. “I am meeting new friends and we’re like a family; we watch out for each other,” Fick said. “I enjoy baking brownies and things and taking them to my new neighbors. Everyone has just been so great.”

And Fick says she is looking forward to the “family” extending. The second phase of North Sky opened in September 2015 with a third phase breaking ground at the same time. In total, the project will have 84 units all targeted to seniors.

North Sky Apartments in Fargo, ND.

North Sky Apartments in Fargo, ND.

The $11.65 million project was funded by a number of state and federal programs including the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Low Income Housing Tax Credits and the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund. In all, those programs brought $10.1 million in funding. The Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority, which manages the project, also placed project-based rental assistance vouchers on some of the units in North Sky I and plans to do the same in the other phases.

“It is a challenge for Fargo seniors to find housing that is affordable and every year that population increases,” said Beyond Shelter Inc. CEO Dan Madler. “Without multiple layers of support, our organization would not be able to keep a project’s rents at such reasonable levels.”

It is the reasonable rents that help Fick and other seniors like her. “I don’t know how people would do it without help like this,” she said. “It makes me kind of sad that these buildings are all full because I know there are a lot of other people who need affordable apartments. Where would they go if this wasn’t here?”

Fick, while working part time at Sam’s Club, relies almost entirely on her Social Security disability check. “When you have a disability, there is no way you could live anywhere on just Social Security,” she said. “I am just so grateful for my home. I can’t express how grateful I am.

“I wake up in the mornings and just look around in amazement. It is gorgeous. Everything is new and I’m just so proud,” she said. “It is a blessing from God – it truly is a blessing.”

And for Fick, who grew up in Hope, ND, and moved to Fargo in 1977 and raised a daughter there, North Sky is more than just a place to live. “It’s my home. It’s not my ‘apartment’ – it’s my home,” she said. “I can afford living in my home.”

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.

Grant Dollars Available for Property Redevelopment

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) is soliciting applications for $409,190 in funding through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

“The intent of the program is to revitalize neighborhoods by redeveloping abandoned or vacant properties,” saidJolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.  “We are anxious to put the money to work in eligible North Dakota communities.”

Applications will be accepted for activities involving the redevelopment of foreclosed, abandoned, or vacant properties into permanent housing. Preference will be given to applications involving rental housing.

The funds are only available for use in targeted census tracts in the following communities of Alexander, Belfield, Bowman, Dickinson, Fargo, Glenburn, Grand Forks, Mohall, Ray, Rolla, Rolette, Sherwood, South Heart, Tioga and Williston.

An eligible property must be located within a census tract that has a needs score of seven or greater or weighted average score exceeding seven as determined as a percentage of funding. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s mapping tool can be used to determine the needs score of any given location. It can be found online at www.huduser.org/NSP/NSP3.html.

Applications must be received in the NDHFA office by the close of business on January 31, 2014. More information is available on the agency’s website, http://www.ndhfa.org, or by contacting Jolene Kline or Jennifer Henderson at info@ndhfa.org, (701) 328-8080 or (800) 292-8621.

NSP was originally created under Title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and the State of North Dakota received $19.6 million for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes and properties. All of those funds have been obligated. Additional funding was authorized under Section 1497 of the Dodd-Frank Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and is referred to as NSP3. NDHFA was initially awarded $5 million, but through the use of program income, NDHFA has awarded a total of $5,363,235 in assistance to four projects located in Bowman, Belfield and two projects in Tioga.

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

Public Invited to Comment on Proposed Amendment to NSP3 Abbreviated Plan

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) invites the public to comment on amendments to its Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3) abbreviated plan. The proposed changes will increase the number of eligible neighborhoods in targeted communities and allow for further program activity.

NSP was originally established by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Additional assistance was authorized under Section 1497 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and is referred to as NSP3.

The NSP3 amended abbreviated plan will be available on the agency’s website, http://www.ndhfa.org, beginning on Dec. 4. Written comments must be submitted by close of business on Dec. 19 to NDHFA’s Planning and Housing Development Housing Outreach Officer Jennifer Henderson at jhenderson@ndhfa.org or NDHFA, PO Box 1535, Bismarck, ND, 58502-1535.

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.

Work Getting Started on Greenfield Heights Twin Homes

BELFIELD, ND – More affordable housing units will be on their way as Lutheran Social Services Housing breaks ground on the 12-unit Greenfield Heights Twin Homes in Belfield, ND.

The non-profit affordable housing developer together with the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) will kick off the project during a ceremonial ground breaking at 10 a.m. MDT on Thursday, July 26, at the site of the new housing units in the Makaruk Addition on 5th Street NW between Jeanette and Mary Avenues.

The project is a great example of public and private entities working together, said Lutheran Social Services Housing Director Jessica Thomasson.

“MBI Energy Services’ financial support and NDHFA’s development programs have put this project on the right path,” said Thomasson. “We are ready to provide Belfield with the affordable housing the community needs.”

MBI Energy Services contributed $225,000 to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) in December, targeting the funds to Lutheran Social Services Housing’s Belfield project. The family-owned business is headquartered in Belfield and wanted to help bring affordable housing options to the community.

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.

Greenfield Heights Twin Homes also received $750,000 from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). NSP funds are used to purchase foreclosed, abandoned or vacant property and redevelop it into housing that stabilizes neighborhoods.

NDHFA administers both HIF and NSP.

“Because economic growth has put a strain on the state’s housing supply, NDHFA’s priority is to create rental units for essential services employees and fixed-income households,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA planning and housing development division director. “Belfield has seen a dramatic increase in the need for safe, decent and affordable housing and NDHFA is proud to partner with Lutheran Social Services Housing and the community to make that happen.”

Additional key partners in this project include Stark County Development Corporation and Great Plains National Bank.

The total cost of constructing the twin-home style units is estimated at $1.55 million. Greenfield Heights will consist of eight two-bedroom and four three-bedroom rental units. Lutheran Social Services Housing anticipates that the project will be completed by November 2012.

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 eight rental housing projects currently completed and under management, an additional seven projects in various stages of development and approximately 20 more projects in the pipeline.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need with 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.