The director of North Dakota’s Housing Finance Agency said there appears to be a shortage of home builders who are willing to build single-family homes at the price point that’s affordable for first-time homebuyers.

"What we're hearing is that if the typical buyer is looking for a $450,000 house, that's what they're building," said HFA director Jolene Kline. "There's less profit in the lower, entry level homes, and they're not willing to target that market today."

Kline said the search is now on for builders willing to take on the more modest priced homes.

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North Dakota's Housing Incentive Fund has received its largest single gift.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says Tesoro Petroleum is giving $5.3 million to the fund.  That fund is used to create affordable housing for the elderly – as well as “essential” workers, those that can’t afford going rents.

The $5.3 million buys Tesoro tax credits – and in return, developers can use that money to start working on affordable housing.

Tesoro Executive Vice-President for Operations Keith Casey says this will fund 8 projects – in Bismarck, Mandan, Dickinson and Watford City.

A consultant says the Bismarck-Mandan area will need about 13,000 homes over the next 15 years.

That’s 9000 for Bismarck, and 4000 for Mandan.

Lonnie Dickson is a community and regional planner for Hanna:Keelan. His firm was hired by the two city commissions to look at housing needs. Dickson told a joint meeting of the commissions the housing vacancy rate in Bismarck is 1.3 percent, and in Mandan it’s 3.7 percent.

Strong economy translates to strong housing market

Apr 24, 2014

North Dakota's economy continues to experience growth - and the Fargo-Moorhead region is no exception to that.

The Homebuilders Association of Fargo Moorhead has released its first quarter building report for Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.  Carlita Dietz is current HBA president and says despite the bitter winter, housing starts are on the rise.

The director of the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency says there is still a need for affordable housing in North Dakota – especially in the Northwest.

Jolene Klein outlined for a legislative interim committee the state and federal programs that help developers build housing for low and moderate income people.

Homelessness a difficult problem to solve

Aug 16, 2013

The number of homeless individuals in North Dakota continues to rise.

"In January, 2013, we counted 2069 people who were homeless in North Dakota," said Michael Carbone of the North Dakota Coalition for the Homeless. "1395 of those people were outside. And it was very cold that night -- 26 below."

The Coalition does an annual "Point in Time" survey of homelessness in North Dakota. And the issue was part of a housing summit held in Mandan. Carbone was on a panel at the summit.

Housing priorities in the 'patch'

May 2, 2013

The state Senate has approved a change in the state housing incentive fund.

And a state Senator says he hopes this will get local governments out of the housing business.

The bill says the fund should first concentrate on encouraging housing construction for essential service workers in the oil patch. Sen. Dwight Cook (R-Mandan) says the housing shortage there has prompted local governments to purchase housing for teachers, police officers and other government workers.

State officials are making a last-minute pitch to North Dakota income tax payers – to take advantage of a program that will provide money for affordable housing projects – and give taxpayers who donate to that fund a dollar-for-dollar income tax credit.

The North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund is set up to provide capital for affordable housing projects. It’s limited to $15-million – but only $11.3 million has been collected so far.

State's population, housing needs predicted to grow

Sep 25, 2012
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A new housing survey for North Dakota has been completed – and it shows continued population growth.

The survey was done for the state Housing Finance agency.

"They're projecting the population is going to increase 25 percent out to 2025," said agency director Mike Anderson. "That's about 170,000 new residents. These are permanent residents."

The executive director of the North Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities says North Dakota has done a good job of moving people with those issues out of institutions and into community settings.

Cheryl Hess says the state’s goal is to have more people with disabilities living in their communities.