BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce and North Dakota Housing Finance Agency will host three Consolidated Plan focus groups – Public Services, Homelessness and Affordable Housing – and a Fair Housing Forum on Feb. 24. The focus groups will take place in classroom A at the Heritage Center, 612 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck.
The purpose of focus groups is to gather information on North Dakota’s community needs. The public is asked to provide feedback on the state’s fair housing successes and impediments during the forum. The information gathered will be used to draft the state’s analysis to Fair Housing Choice, a subsection of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan.
The schedule for Feb. 24, is as follows:
9 a.m. - Public Services
11 a.m. - Homelessness
1 p.m. - Affordable Housing
Fair Housing Forum:
3 p.m. - Fair Housing Successes and Impediments
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development mandates that states assemble and submit a Five-Year Consolidated Plan to be eligible to receiving funding for the Community Development Block Grant, HOME, Housing Trust Fund and Emergency Solutions Grant programs. The North Dakota Department of Commerce and the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency administer these federal programs on behalf of the state of North Dakota.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services