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Multifamily Forum and UPCS Training Canceled

FacebookGraphicCANCELLEDNorth Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) has cancelled the Uniform Physical Conditions Standards training and Multifamily Housing Forum scheduled for April 15-16, 2020 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND.

The events were cancelled in response to guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) stating that for the next eight weeks, large events including conferences should be canceled or postponed to lessen the spread of the disease.

Individuals who were registered for the events will receive a full refund of registration fees. Because of the number of refunds being processed by the registration service NDHFA contracts with for events, there may be some delays in processing.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact NDHFA’s communications staff at hfainfo@nd.gov.

For information on COVID-19 from the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Additional information about the virus is available from the N.D. Dept. of Health, https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus.

Conquering Compliance Registration is Now Open

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) will host “Conquering Compliance,” an in-depth multifamily housing compliance training, this fall in Bismarck, ND.

On Oct. 15-16, 2019, Gary Kirkman of the E&A Team, will lead a two-day training at the Quality Inn, 1030 E Interstate Ave. It will be followed by an optional Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) exam on Oct. 17, 2019, at the same facility.

The E&A Team’s training series takes an in-depth look at compliance based on a project’s funding source. The course includes engaging and interactive sessions utilizing case studies, verification examples, knowledge check exercises and games to ensure you walk away with a thorough understanding of not only how to maintain project compliance, but why it is so important to do so.

The registration fee for the training is $250 and includes lunch each day and refreshments. The cost for the HCCP exam is an additional $175. All attendees will receive a durable and comprehensive course manual that will serve as a valuable resource guide long after the course ends.

Lodging is available at the training site, the Quality Inn, and at the hotel’s sister facility, the Comfort Suites, 929 Gateway Ave., both in Bismarck, ND. The “ND Housing Finance Agency” block rate is $84.60 per night for a single or a double at both locations. Contact the Quality Inn, (701) 223-1911, or the Comfort Suites, (701) 223-4009, to reserve a sleeping room.

More information on the training is available on NDHFA’s website, www.ndhfa.org, or by contacting Jennifer Henderson, planning and housing development division director, at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

Save-the-Date: Multifamily Compliance Training in October

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency will offer a Conquering Compliance training course featuring Gary Kirkman of the E&A Team at the Quality Inn in Bismarck, ND, on Oct. 15-17, 2019.

E&A Team’s training series takes an in-depth look at compliance in multifamily housing based on your project’s funding source.  The course includes engaging and interactive sessions utilizing case studies, verification examples, knowledge check exercises and games to ensure you walk away with a thorough understanding of not only how to maintain project compliance, but why it is so important to do so.

Attendees will receive a durable and comprehensive course manual that will serve as a valuable resource guide long after the course ends. At the conclusion of the course, you have the option to take an exam to earn the Housing Credit Certified Professional designation.

Look for additional details about the Conquering Compliance training when registration opens in August. Announcements will also be made in our agency’s e-newsletter and on NDHFA’s Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

Direct questions regarding the training to Jennifer Henderson, NDHFA’s planning and housing development division director, at (800) 292-8621, (800) 366-6888 (TTY) or email hfainfo@nd.gov.

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 Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency.

Managing LIHTC Compliance Training Registration Open

BISMARCK, ND – Registration is now open for Managing Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Compliance, an in-depth training geared specifically to tenant file compliance.

Hosted by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency and lead by Spectrum Enterprises, the training will be held on Oct. 25, 2017, at the Ramkota Hotel, 800 S 3rd Street in Bismarck, ND.
Spectrum’s Jennifer Borland described the one-day training, “We will discuss income and asset definitions, verification requirements, calculations for income and assets, preparing for a compliance review, tenant fraud, student status, etc.”

All registrants will receive a course manual. Attendees that complete the training will be awarded six continuing education hours good toward any nationally recognized LIHTC designation (C3P, HCCP, COS, etc.). No exam or certification will be offered in conjunction with the training.

“In addition to the federal program requirements, the course will be customized to highlight NDHFA’s policies and procedures,” said Jennifer Henderson, the agency’s planning and housing development division director.

Pre-registration is required. The training fee on or before October 11, 2017, is $150. After the 11th, the fee is $175. Registration will close on Oct. 15. Additional information is available online or by contacting NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

Co-director of investor consulting services, education and training development, Borland is responsible for developing Spectrum’s training services. She has a background in conventional and affordable housing property management, and first served with the company as a senior compliance analyst, performing file pre-approvals and annual compliance reviews for management and investment clients, and as a compliance monitor for state monitoring contracts. Borland has spoken at seminars and conducted LIHTC compliance trainings nationwide. She is C12P, COS, STAR, and TaCCs certified.

Spectrum Enterprises, Inc. is a growing firm specializing in compliance oversight for the LIHTC program. With a national roster of clients includes state housing agencies, leading investors, syndicators, developers, asset management, and property management companies, Spectrum’s services include document analysis, tenant file reviews, application pre-approvals, site inspections and training.

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

FirstHome Lender Training Coming in April

North Dakolendertraininglinkimageta Housing Finance Agency will host FirstHome™ lender training in Bismarck and Fargo in April.

“The training includes an introduction to our homeownership programs – FirstHome, HomeAccess and North Dakota Roots, a review of the different loan types, borrower and property eligibility discussion, and how to lock a loan,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA homeownership division director.

New and pending participating lender staff, and current participating lender staff who are interested in a refresher course are all welcome to attend.

The trainings will be held on April 5 at the Comfort Inn, 1030 E Interstate Ave, Bismarck; and April 12 at the Expressway Suites, 4303 17th Ave S, Fargo. Both training sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT and should be completed no later than 1:00 p.m. There are no registration fees, however pre-registration is required.

Discounted sleeping rooms are available at the Comfort Inn, (701) 223-1911; or Expressway Inn, (701) 239-4303, by asking for the “ND Housing” block. Rate is $80.90 for a single or $100 for a double.

If you have questions about the training, contact Dave Flohr at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov. 

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.  

FirstHome™ Lender Training Fall Schedule

LenderTrainingLinkImageNorth Dakota Housing Finance Agency will host two FirstHome™ lender training sessions this fall.

“FirstHome lender training is geared to the new staff of our participating lenders, new or pending participating lenders, and current lender staff that want a refresher course,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA homeownership division director.

The training is intended to introduce participating lenders to the Agency’s homeownership programs – FirstHome, HomeAccess and North Dakota Roots, provide a review of different loan types, borrower and property eligibility, and guide lenders through the process of locking a loan with NDHFA.

The training sessions will be held on Oct. 5 at the Expressway Suites, 4303 17th Ave S, Fargo, and Oct. 12 at the Comfort Inn, 1030 E Interstate Ave, Bismarck. Both sessions are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and to be completed no later than 1:00 p.m.

There are no registration fees for the lender training, however pre-registration is required. A block of sleeping rooms are reserved at both hotels. If you have questions, contact Dave Flohr or Kim Becker at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

Uniform Physical Condition Standards Training Scheduled

 

SAVE DATEBISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency will host Uniform Physical Conditions Standards (UPCS) training in Bismarck, ND, on Sept. 13-14, 2016. UPCS protocols are the defect definitions used during U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) Physical Assessment Subsystem (PASS) inspections.

“The Inspection Group’s training presents UPCS in simple terms that enables participants to not only conduct their own inspections, but to also interpret the resulting data so they can prioritize, plan and budget proactively,” said Planning and Housing Development Division Director Jennifer Henderson.

Training attendees will learn about property profile and building information entry, defect determination and severity classifications, health and safety categories, and life- threatening hazards. Information will also be provided on using the data gathered to generate reports like work orders, identifying maintenance trends, REAC score improvement plans, and capital planning.

A training manual with the latest protocol changes, pertinent web links and copies of all of the materials and slides shown during class will be provided to the attendees as will a UPCS Flip-Field Guide and a certificate of completion. This seminar does not provide a REAC certification.

“We are excited to bring this training opportunity to North Dakota,” said Henderson. “We believe the information provided will prove to be invaluable to owners, managers and the maintenance staff of multifamily properties with agency-administered contracts

Registration information is available online. The registration fee on or before August 26 is $250, after the fee is $300. Registration closes on Sept. 2. For more information, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.

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Founded in 1998, The Inspection Group Inc. provides Housing Quality Standards and Uniform Physical Conditions Standards inspection services to public housing agencies and affordable housing management companies nationwide.

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.

Housing Development Finance Professional Certification Training

BISMARCK, ND – Learning the ins and outs of the affordable housing development process will be the focus of a training series for public and non-profit practitioners that starts this fall.

HDFPLinkImage2In October, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce and CommunityWorks North Dakota, will host the first in a series of four courses for the National Development Council’s Housing Development Finance Professional Certification.

The program explores the development process, financial analysis techniques and structuring, and the negotiating skills needed to successfully develop and finance affordable homeownership and rental housing development.

Through partnerships and sponsorships, the full series will be offered at a deep discount – all four courses for only $1,200.

Courses and dates are:
• HD410: Homeownership Finance—October 19-22, 2015
• HD420: Rental Housing Development Finance—April 25-29, 2016
• HD422: Computer Spreadsheet Analysis for Housing—June 21-23, 2016
• HD430: Housing Development Finance: Problem Solving and Deal Structuring—October 10-14, 2016

Participants who successfully complete all of the courses, passing each course exam, will be awarded the NDC’s HDFP certification.

“The training is a great opportunity for rural communities to address one of the greatest barriers to affordable housing development – a lack local development experience,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Future trainings, including HD420, HD422 and HD430, will be held at the Comfort Inn in Bismarck. Registration for HD420 will open in late February. More information is available by calling (800) 292-8621.

Housing Development Certification Training Series Coming

This fall, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce and CommunityWorks North Dakota, will host the first in a series of four courses for the National Development Council’s Housing Development Finance Professional Certification.

“The training is a great opportunity for rural communities in particular to address one of the greatest barriers to affordable housing development, a lack of local development experience,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

The certification program explores the development process, financial analysis techniques and structuring, and negotiating skills needed to successfully develop and finance affordable single- and multi-family housing. Skills are taught within the context of case studies based on actual deals that members of NDC’s professional staff have structured and implemented in conjunction with clients in urban and rural communities across the country.

Through partnerships and sponsorships, the entire series will be offered locally at a deep discount.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding the Housing Development Process
  • Financial Analysis Techniques
  • Deal Structuring – putting together the financing and other components of a project
  • Negotiating – the skills needed to bring the components together

The first four-day course is tentatively scheduled to be held October 19-22, 2015, in Bismarck, ND. Look for details and registration in the coming months.

Sponsorship inquiries and questions should be directed to Jennifer Henderson, (800) 292-8621 or hfainfo@nd.gov.