Hoeven Announces More than $11.8 Million to Improve Housing in North Dakota
Senator Secures Commitment at Hearing from HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Help Speed Permitting Process for Grand Forks Housing Project
WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Committee, today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated a total of $11,807,691 in funding for Fiscal Year 2017 to help enhance housing options in North Dakota. Details of the funding is as follows:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program – CDBG is a flexible program that provides communities with funding to address a variety of community development needs.
- State of North Dakota – $3,674,491
- City of Fargo – $637,010
- City of Grand Forks– $371,429
- City of Bismarck– $328,206
- HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) – The funds help states and local governments provide rental assistance or build, buy or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership.
- State of North Dakota – $3,016,971
- City of Fargo – $336,586
- Housing Trust Fund (HTF) – The funds help states and local governments increase and preserve safe and quality affordable housing for extremely low- and very low-income households including homeless families.
- State of North Dakota – $3,000,000
- Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) – The funds provide states and local governments with resources to help prevent homelessness, improve and operate shelters and engage those who are homeless.
- State of North Dakota – $442,998
“Today’s funding will help support innovative projects in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck and throughout our state to help secure affordable and safe housing for families and individuals,” Hoeven said. “Such developments help improve our communities and makes them stronger and more vibrant. More importantly, these funds will help provide people with housing as well as resources to combat homelessness.”
Hoeven continues to work to provide states and communities with resources to develop communities and secure safe, affordable housing. Last week, at an Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Committee hearing, Hoeven pressed HUD Secretary Ben Carson to support North Dakota HUD priorities including the CDBG program. The senator cited the importance of the CDBG program’s flexibility in allowing states to meet local needs.
Additionally, Hoeven secured a commitment from Secretary Carson to help work through the permitting process for LaGrave on First, a nearly $9 million project that the City of Grand Forks and the local housing authority are developing to help serve the region’s chronically homeless population.
“LaGrave on First is a collaboration between the City of Grand Forks and the local housing authority that utilizes multiple housing programs to serve vulnerable populations,” Hoeven said. “We appreciate Secretary Carson’s commitment to work with us on the HUD review process to ensure that construction can begin and that this project can be completed on time.”
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