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Ver Helst Joins Housing Finance Agency

KaylaVerHelstBISMARCK – Kayla Ver Helst has joined the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency as director of public affairs.

“I am pleased to welcome Kayla to our management team. I believe she will be a great advocate for our work in communicating North Dakota’s affordable housing needs,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Ver Helst will oversee the agency’s communications, marketing and public affairs program including strategies for positioning the agency in the housing industry and accomplishing federal and state policy goals.

“I look forward to working with the state’s elected officials, community leaders and the agency’s housing partners to ensure all North Dakotans have a safe and affordable place to call home,” Ver Helst said.

Prior to coming to the NDHFA, Ver Helst worked in business operations at the North Dakota Department of Transportation. She replaces Max Wetz, who resigned his position to return to his home state of South Dakota.

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

Garvin Recognized With Rocky AHMA Award

Jolene Kline, Janet Garvin and Wayne Glaser of NDHFA.

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s Janet Garvin was honored with a Contract Administration Special Recognition Award by the Affordable Housing Management Association’s Rocky Mountain Region at its 35th Annual Conference.

Garvin’s reputation for being fair and listening to all aspects of a situation was cited in the award nomination. And that while Garvin is thorough in her processes, she takes the opportunity to educate and assist in a helpful way. Further, that Garvin uses the Management Occupancy Review as an opportunity for training rather than an audit.

The nominator describing Garvin’s handling of a recent situation involving an extremely ill tenant who was battling cancer and was unable to pay her rent due to overwhelming medical bills. Garvin met with the tenant and explained the hardship exemption and the process involved, and that she continued to reach out and follow-up to ensure that everything was taken care of.

As a contract administration specialist in NDHFA’s property management division, Garvin is charged with ensuring that Western North Dakota’s Section 8 properties with US Department of Housing and Urban Development rental assistance contracts provide safe, decent and affordable rental housing for their low-income, elderly or disabled tenants.

“The apartments overseen by our property management division are home to some of North Dakota’s lowest-income households,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “It is heartening to hear that the staff goes out of their way to ensure that the individuals and families who call these units home are treated with dignity and compassion. Congratulations, Janet, we are proud of you.”

AHMA is the leading voice for affordable housing management, advocating on behalf of multifamily property managers and owners whose mission is to provide quality affordable housing. The Rocky Mountain Region includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Fugere Joins Housing Agency’s Homeownership Division

Amy Fugere

BISMARCK, ND – Amy Fugere of Bismarck, ND, was recently hired by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency. The state agency helps low- to moderate-income North Dakotans achieve homeownership by providing down payment and closing cost assistance, and affordable mortgage loans.

A homeownership specialist, Fugere will work primarily in mortgage acquisition, reviewing loan applications and communicating with participating lenders to ensure compliance with program standards. As needed, Fugere will assist with borrower services.

“Amy’s lending background makes her an excellent addition to both the homeownership origination and servicing teams,” said Jolene Kline, the agency’s executive director.

Prior to coming to work at NDHFA, Fugere worked at Capital Credit Union as an underwriter and at Gate City Bank as a loan officer.

The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum, as the chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA. For more information on the agency’s homeownership programs, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

Housing Finance Agency Hires Schaf

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recently hired Deanna Schaf of Bismarck, ND.

Deanna1Schaf joined the agency as an administrative assistant. In this position, she provides customer service at the agency’s front desk, and is responsible for processing loan payments and responding to general inquires.

“We are pleased to welcome Deanna to NDHFA. I believe she will be a great asset to our administrative team,” said Jolene Kline, the agency’s executive director.

Schaf replaces Kristi Seilinger, who transferred to the agency’s Homeownership Division.

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

Housing Finance Agency Welcomes New Staff

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recently added several new staff members.

Kristi Seilinger joined the agency as an administrative assistant. She is responsible for processing payments, responding to general inquires, and helping with rental assistance applicant waitlists and referral letters.

As a part of the property management staff, Wanda Palenberg-Bryson processes tenant applications for rental housing through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Moderate Rehabilitation program, as well as working with annual contract renewals, special claims and waiver requests.

Mark Weninger joined the agency’s information technology department as a programmer analyst. Weninger’s work includes the creation and maintenance of agency-wide applications.

The planning and housing development division added Patrick Becker as a compliance specialist. Becker is primarily responsible for on-site physical property inspections and annual document reviews that ensure Housing Incentive Fund projects meet that state’s program requirements.

“We are excited to welcome Kristi, Wanda, Mark and Patrick to NDHFA. I believe they will all be great assets to our team,” said Jolene Kline, the agency’s executive director.

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

 

Fink Named Housing Development Officer

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Joe Fink

BISMARCK, ND – Joe Fink was recently hired by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) as a housing development officer.

As part of the agency’s planning and housing development division, Fink will primarily be responsible for the administration of the Housing Incentive Fund, a program that supports the development of affordable multi-family housing units for essential service workers, main street employees and fixed-income households.

“Joe is a welcome addition to our team,” said Planning and Housing Development Division Director Jennifer Henderson. “His banking background will serve him well as the division continues with its mission to foster the development and rehabilitation of affordable housing statewide.”

Prior to coming to NDHFA, Fink was employed with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a home mortgage consultant.

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, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency. For more information, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

Dettlaff Heads Servicing Department

Brandon Dettlaff

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) has named Brandon Dettlaff as the Homeownership Division’s loan servicing coordinator.

“Brandon’s leadership and talent coupled with his past experience make him a great asset to our homeownership division,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA homeownership division director.

Dettlaff has been with the state agency for six years and previously served as mortgage loan specialist. In his new position, he oversees mortgage loan servicing including payment and escrow administration, foreclosures, collections and defaults, mortgage insurance claims and new loan set-up for both internally and externally serviced loans. Dettlaff also assists the division director in the development and procurement of administrative procedures for loan administration.

NDHFA is a public financial institution dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. The agency facilitates affordable mortgage financing, assures the continued availability of low-income rental housing, and seeks to provide for the state’s changing housing needs.

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