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From the Director, February 2018

Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director

Since the last annual Statewide Housing Conference, our staff has reflected on the value we provide to all of you during the time we have together. Through numerous conversations and feedback from attendees, we are shaking up the agenda and locations to create a format that is specific to your career training and professional development needs. We genuinely hope these changes will make your conference experience more rewarding and that your colleagues who may have not attended before will find a reason to this year.

The first day of the conference will focus on North Dakota’s housing market trends and strategies communities can leverage to address housing needs. Gov. Doug Burgum is the featured speaker and will outline housing’s role within the Main Street Initiative to influence quality of life when building stronger, reinvigorated communities. Following the governor is Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. who knows how to liven up an economic discussion of industry trends pertaining to housing, employment, state, regional and global economics. The afternoon includes three more dynamic breakout sessions that will give housing industry professionals new tools to look at the crucial role housing plays in communities of all sizes. This will be followed by our ever-popular networking social.

Day two is designed for three customized training and professional development tracks for multifamily development, property management and homeownership professionals. Attendees will interact with industry experts providing relevant information. But don’t forget about the Champion Awards Presentation and luncheon! Awardees will be recognized for their outstanding contributions over the past year.

Real estate agents, appraisers and lenders who are unable to attend the Bismarck event will have a second chance to connect with our homeownership staff in Fargo. A seminar on day three offers a repeat of a breakout session on the continuing effects of federal legislation and regulations enacted over the last decade on the sale, appraisal and mortgaging of real property.

You can choose to attend one or both days in Bismarck or meet us in Fargo, but I encourage you to hurry to register because the early bird deadline is Friday, April 13, and after that date the prices will increase. Register online at www.ndhfa.org. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at hfainfo@nd.gov or call (800) 292-8621.

I also want to thank all of our sponsors, vendors, panelists and speakers for helping to make this another great conference. I am excited to see all of you and I sincerely hope you will be able to join us on April 25-26 in Bismarck or Fargo on April 27.

 

 

Affordable Housing Conference Focus on Resiliency

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency invites affordable housing professionals and community leaders to “Revive, Restore and Reconnect” at the Statewide Housing Conference on Feb. 7-8, 2017, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

“With the economic, political and demographic changes afoot, the next year will be interesting for affordable housing,” said Jolene KStatewide Housing Conferenceline, NDHFA executive director. “More than ever, it’s important to come together to discuss how we will handle our housing challenges and learn about the resources available to address our local housing needs.”

The conference will feature nationally recognized speakers including Eileen McDargh, a resiliency expert who believes that turbulent times demand professional and personal responses that transcend our regular work and life patterns, and Dr. Roger Tutterow, an economist who will share his thoughts on the effects of the downturn in oil prices on regional labor and housing markets. Attendees will also hear from Dr. Nancy Hodur, author of a recently released Statewide Housing Needs Assessment.

Conference breakout sessions include an introduction to the National Housing Market Index, a presentation on the impact of student loan debt on homeownership and a mortgage lending roundtable, customer service for property managers, situational awareness, and housing discrimination hot topics, and where to start when considering a property redevelopment, an introduction to the Rental Assistance Demonstration program and understanding permanent supportive housing.

Preceding the event is a Community Land Trust workshop on Feb. 6. CLTs are viewed as an innovative way to address the rising costs of housing, limited land, and the growing number of abandoned or substandard buildings in communities affecting the overall quality of housing stock.

The ND Real Estate Commission and Board of Social Work Examiners have both approved the conference for continuing education. No credit is available for the CLT workshop.

Register for the full conference at www.ndhfa.org by Jan. 27 for $160. One-day only registration is $85. There is no charge for the CLT Workshop, however pre-registration is required. For questions, contact NDHFA at hfainfo@nd.gov or (800) 292-8621.

A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing in North Dakota. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum, as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the agency.

Housing Agency Recognizes Champions of Affordable Housing

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recognized several of its housing partners as Champions of Affordable Housing during its 25th Statewide Housing Conference.

“The Champion awards recognize and celebrate the work of individuals, non-profit organizations, public agencies, and private sector businesses that make exceptional affordable housing contributions in North Dakota.” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Lender and real estate awards are based on promotion of NDHFA’s homeownership programs and participation in locally sponsored affordable housing projects and events.

Awards were presented to five financial institutions that originated loans on NDHFA’s behalf in 2015. The loan officer at each institution that most actively promoted the agency’s programs was also honored. Recognized were Capital Credit Union and Scott Bullinger of Bismarck; First Community Credit Union and Clayton Lilleby of Fargo; First International Bank & Trust and Patti Helm of Fargo; Gate City Bank and Tammy Skogen of Bismarck; and Town and Country Credit Union and Reneé Freeman of Fargo.

NDHFA also recognized three real estate agents for the assistance they provided to the agency’s borrowers. April Bernabucci of Keller Williams Realty in Fargo, Kirstin Wilhelm of Keller Williams Realty in Bismarck, and Shirley Thomas of Bianco Realty in Bismarck were honored.

Amaya Quijano of NLR Property Management in Williston received NDHFA’s Property Management Award for her outstanding management of three agency-funded multifamily projects.

Legacy at Central Place in Williston received NDHFA’s Housing Production Award. The Lutheran Social Services Housing development is the adaptive reuse of a former school building into 44 affordable housing units for households aged 55+.

A supporter of and an advocate for affordable housing for more than twenty years, Grand Forks Housing Authority Executive Director Terry Hanson was recognized with NDHFA’s Leadership Award.

NDHFA began recognizing its housing partners with Champion of Affordable Housing Awards in 1995. For more information, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or www.ndhfa.org.

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

 

From the Director, January 2016

Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director

Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s annual Statewide Housing Conference is fast approaching and I would like to encourage you to register today!

After an active 2015 for the housing industry in North Dakota, there are many questions about what is in store for 2016. I wish I could say I knew all the answers. Of course no one does, but I do know this – we can only move “Forward Together.” We will have challenges ahead as the state continues to evolve and grow and it will take a spirit of collaboration and teamwork to turn those challenges into opportunities.

The Housing Conference, which will be held Feb. 16-17 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, is a great place to start that work. We have many great speakers and panels lined up to discuss the most pressing issues facing our industry today and into the future. We have something for every facet of the housing landscape from homeownership to property management. We are bringing in experts in their fields to help better prepare us and impart useful information. We will have a number of great exhibitors ready to talk about how they can help.

But I know that many of you are like me and feel that some of the best parts of the conference happen in the hallways when I can talk face to face with partners about the plans and strategies that are going to make a difference for North Dakota. While we have two days of great sessions, there will also be ample opportunities for those informal conversations where big ideas are so often born.

I need to encourage you to hurry to register because the early bird deadline is Friday, Feb. 5, and after that date the prices will increase. You can register online at www.ndhfa.org. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at hfainfo@nd.gov or call (800) 292-8621.

I also want to thank all of our sponsors, vendors, panelists and speakers for helping to make this another great conference. I am excited to see all of you and I sincerely hope you will be able to join us on Feb. 16-17 in Bismarck.

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency Hosts 24th Annual Conference

ConferenceRegOpen2014Event Provides Affordable Housing Education and Networking Opportunities

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) will host the 24th Annual Statewide Housing Conference on Feb. 25-26, 2015, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

The conference provides an opportunity for housing industry professionals and community leaders to network and learn about technical and financial resources that address North Dakota’s affordable housing challenges. The theme of this year’s event is “Change. Challenge. Opportunity.” with many of the sessions focusing on the state’s shifting demographics.

“North Dakota is getting younger and much more diverse as countless families move to the state from all over the country and the world to take advantage of our rapid economic growth,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Keynote speakers include Scott Burrows, whose riveting story of overcoming adversity through sheer determination, will power and goal setting is uplifting and infectious; Kenneth W. Gronbach, an internationally respected demographer who forecasts societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy; and Kostas Voutsas, who will share strategies for making cultural and generational diversity work.

Breakout session topics include presentations on the state’s changing demographic makeup, preparing lower income households for homeownership, handling requests for reasonable housing accommodations, developing a community housing plan, redeveloping underutilized properties, the current state of mortgage lending, mortgagee title insurance basics, and creating livable communities.

The conference registration fee on or before Feb. 18 is $150. One-day only registration is $80. North Dakota’s Real Estate Commission, Board of Social Work Examiners and Commission for Continuing Legal Education have all approved the event agenda for continuing education credit. For more information, contact NDHFA at (701) 328-8080, (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov. Registration materials are available online at www.ndhfa.org.

A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing in North Dakota. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Gov. Jack Dalrymple, as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the agency.

Nominations Sought for Housing Awards

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) is seeking nominations for its 2012 Champion of Affordable Housing Leadership and Housing Production Awards.

Don Warren accepts the Leadership Award at the 2012 Statewide Housing Conference

“North Dakota Housing’s Champion Awards recognize and celebrate exceptional contributions to the state’s affordable housing industry,” said Mike Anderson, NDHFA executive director.

The Leadership Award honors an individual or entity who has demonstrated outstanding efforts at advocating for or providing affordable housing or related services. The impact of those results, and the obstacles overcome to provide the housing or services is considered.

The Housing Production Award recognizes the development, preservation of or conversion to affordable housing, innovative construction or financing techniques, responses to the unique needs of special populations, or the ability to provide information to the public about affordable housing options. Housing Production Award Nominees must be occupied, placed in service or active during the one-year period prior to Nov. 1, 2012.

Nominations for both categories are open to individuals, organizations, affordable housing programs or developments within the state of North Dakota.

The Champion Awards will be presented during the closing luncheon at the statewide housing conference on Feb. 7, 2013.

Forms and the selection criteria are available online at www.ndhfa.org. Nominations must be received by Jan. 4, 2013. For more information on the awards, contact Sarah Mudder at (701) 328-8080, (800) 292-8621 or info@ndhfa.org.