Housing Finance Agency Warns Public of Potential Scam

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BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota State Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) is asking those seeking public housing to be on the lookout for suspicious websites or social media posts regarding the opening of a waitlist for specific properties as part of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8).

Fraudulent entities, in a number of states around the country, are posing as official state housing agencies and are asking for personal information. Individuals seeking public housing are urged to be vigilant and to verify the legitimacy of any website or social media account claiming to offer information or applications for Section 8 housing. To protect the safety and the security of your personal information, please follow these guidelines:

  • Contact your local public housing authority to verify if they are accepting applications for Section 8 housing or to learn how to apply for a waiting list.
  • Never provide your Social Security Number, personal information, or any financial details on unofficial websites or social media platforms.
  • Be aware that housing authorities do not charge a fee to join a waiting list.

“At this time, we are not aware of this scam occurring in our state, but we want to be proactive in ensuring the safety and security of all individuals seeking housing assistance,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA executive director. “We urge everyone to stay informed and cautious, and to always verify information through official channels.”

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, please contact the North Dakota Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division immediately.

NDHFA is a self-supporting and mission-driven state agency dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. The North Dakota Industrial Commission, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Drew H. Wrigley, oversees the agency. More information on the agency and the affordable housing programs it administers is available on NDHFA’s website.

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