Hoeven: Meadowlark Homes Provides Affordable Housing in New Rockford

Senator Working to Help Meet Housing Needs Across ND

NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. – At the grand opening of Meadowlark Homes in New Rockford, Senator John Hoeven today outlined his work on the Senate Appropriations Committee to support housing and community development programs that help ensure North Dakotans have access to adequate and affordable housing options. The new townhome complex was built to provide the community with market-rate and affordable workforce housing, and Hoeven commended the community’s residents on their initiative and resolve in meeting their city’s needs.

“This townhome complex will provide families in the New Rockford community with a comfortable and affordable place to call home,” Hoeven said. “This development is a great example of the kinds of innovative developments that make our communities stronger and more vibrant. We appreciate the efforts of the community to clean-up this site and make it a benefit to the community once again. Meadowlark Homes is a good example of how we can solve our state’s housing challenges and improve our communities.”

Meadowlark Homes complex, which cost a total of $1.35 million, includes 10 two-bedroom units. The complex is built on the former site of the New Rockford hospital, which was closed in 1990. The hospital sat vacant for over 20 years and contained asbestos. The community raised funds to restore the property, and in 2013, the City of New Rockford received a matching federal grant to support the cleanup effort.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Hoeven continues to advocate for low income housing funding for programs, including:

• Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which provide states and communities with funding for a wide range of community development programs that primarily benefit low and moderate income persons. ND received $4.97 million in CDBG funding in FY2016.
• The HOME Investment Partnership program provides states and local governments with funding that can be used for affordable housing for low-income persons. The program provided North Dakota with nearly $3.78 million in funding in FY 2016.