Counseling Grants Improve Housing Situations
BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) has been awarded a $102,345 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing counseling grant for fiscal year 2018.
“Housing counseling grants support programs that educate first-time home buyers, help individuals and families secure affordable rental housing, and offer financial literacy training,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.
NDHFA will split the grant dollars between two affiliate organizations – Community Action Opportunities of Minot and South Eastern North Dakota Community Action Agency of Fargo.
NDHFA was one of 17 state housing finance agencies (HFAs) to receive a counseling grant from HUD this year. HFAs typically act as an intermediary for their state, partnering with local organizations to provide assistance to low- to moderate-income households. The HFAs also help improve the quality of the counseling services and enhance coordination among the providers.
HUD’s housing counseling grants are awarded annually through a competitive process. The organizations that apply must be preapproved by the federal agency and are subject to biennial performance reviews to maintain the approved status.
A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA is 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. More information about NDHFA is available online at www.ndhfa.org.