BELFIELD, ND – State and local officials gathered in Belfield, ND, on Tuesday to tour the Greenfield Heights Townhomes, a Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc. development supported by a local energy services company.
“We are thrilled to showcase this fine example of what can happen when public and private entities come together,” said Jessica Thomasson, Lutheran Social Services Housing Director. “We are extremely grateful to MBI Energy Services for the support.”
MBI Energy Services contributed $225,000 to the Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) in Dec. 2011 targeting the nonprofit’s project. Headquartered in Belfield, the company wanted to ensure the availability of quality, affordable housing units in the community.
“The challenge facing many energy-impacted communities is how to get temporary workers to become a permanent part of the community,” said Jolene Kline, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) acting executive director. “One critical step is to provide the workforce with a housing option that allows them to move their families to North Dakota.”
Capitalized by state taxpayers, HIF provides low-cost financing to developers of affordable multifamily housing. Contributions can be directed to a specific project or community.
The development also received $750,000 through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). A stimulus program, NSP has been used in North Dakota to create workforce housing in areas impacted by the energy industry.
NDHFA administers both HIF and NSP.
Greenfield Heights Townhomes consists of eight two-bedroom and four three-bedroom rental units. Six of the twin-home style units are restricted to households earning no more than 120 percent of Area Median Income. The other six units are market rate. The total cost of constructing the townhomes was $1.58 million.
Additional key partners in the project included Great Plains National Bank, Stark County Development Corporation and the Belfield Housing Authority.
Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc., a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, supports the continued vitality of the state’s smaller communities by providing nonprofit affordable housing and housing-related services, with fifteen rental housing projects currently completed and/or under management and several additional projects in various stages of development.
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, guided by a spirit of service, is a statewide social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans in need of affordable housing, food, disaster recovery, counseling and therapy and other programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status.
The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees NDHFA.
More information about the Housing Incentive Fund is available online at www.ndhousingincentivefund.org.