Housing Incentive Fund
The Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) is a state-funded gap financing program used with federal and private dollars to create affordable multifamily housing in urban and rural communities. The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) administers the program on behalf of the state of North Dakota. Leveraged as an upfront, one-time investment, HIF ensures rental homes will be affordable for a minimum of 15 years. On average, HIF covers 20% of the gap financing needed to move a project forward.
The North Dakota Legislative Assembly created HIF in 2011. The state’s $105 million investment in HIF has resulted in 88 unique projects and 3,034 affordable rental homes.
Funding is dependent upon legislative approval. Currently, no HIF funding is available.
People: Everyone Deserves a Safe and Affordable Place to Call Home
A home is considered to be affordable when 30% or less of earned income is spent on housing expenses. Households paying more than 30% are considered housing cost burdened. For some North Dakotans, a strong work ethic is not enough to be able to secure safe and affordable housing.
Successful Projects: HIF Helps Communities Thrive
Anyone can live in HIF-funded housing as long as they meet certain income requirements. Some properties target a specific population such as persons over the age of 55, individuals who are chronically homeless or survivors of domestic violence.
Learn how a stable home made a difference in the lives of two Edwinton Place tenants.
We Need All Forms of Housing: Types of Housing
North Dakota communities have unique housing needs that vary based on economic growth, job openings and unemployment rates, demographic trends, and availability of existing housing. Housing at different price points creates a healthy community environment.
Currently, there are only 951 income- and rent-restricted housing units affordable to extremely low-income households. Many of the properties in these housing programs have been in service for decades and are in need of repair and/or rehabilitation.
HIF provides a means of rehabilitating and preserving older, affordable housing units to ensure affordable rents for an additional 15 years.