Housing Resources for Native Americans
Senator Heitkamp has long been working to address North Dakota's housing crisis in Indian Country to make sure all families have a safe place to call home. By bringing top federal officials to North Dakota, working with community leaders, and talking to folks on the ground about the challenges they face, Senator Heitkamp continues to work toward solutions that will address housing challenges across the state. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported that a quarter of American Indian housing units have 'severe housing needs.' Senator Heitkamp has seen these dire conditions firsthand - including overcrowding, black mold, dilapidated, and non-permanent homes that are unable to withstand North Dakota's severe weather conditions. Below is information on federal programs currently available to help Native American families and communities access affordable and safe housing.
Home Mortgage Assistance
Housing Loan Guarantee Program
Mold Prevention and Remediation
Housing Programs for Native Veterans
Information on homeownership, receiving help with rent, and more can be found at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs North Dakota Resource Locator. Click here for more information.
Background information on available grants and funding is provided by the Northern Plains Office of Native American Programs. Click here for more information.
Talk with local experts about homeownership and available options at the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency. Click here for more information.
Learn about protections provided by state and federal Fair Housing laws, and your rights as a homeowner and renter at High Plains Fair Housing. Click here for more information or call toll free 1-866-380-2738.
The Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program is specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native families, both on and off native lands, for new construction, rehabilitation, the purchase of an existing home, or refinancing.
Consult with your financial institution to see if it offers this program. Click here for more information.
The Low Incoming Housing Tax Credit program uses tax policy to leverage private capital and investor equity to help develop affordable rental housing for low and very low-income families. The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency allocates this program. Click here for more information.
Indian Housing Block Grant Program provides a variety of affordable housing activities, including housing development, housing services, crime prevention and safety, and more. Click here for more information, and see below for contact information.
Joel D. Manske, Field Office Director
North Dakota Field Office, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
657 2nd Avenue North, Suite 366
Fargo, ND 58102
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Indian Community Development Block Grants provide direct grants to be used to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities. Click here for more information, or contact Joel Manske (details here) for more information.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture can provide housing assistance in the form of loans and grants for repairs, water issues, energy needs, and more. Click here for more information, and see below for contact information.
220 East Rosser Avenue, Room 208
Bismarck, ND 58501
The Tribal Housing Activities Loan Guarantee Program (Title VI) provides an additional source of financing for affordable tribal housing activities to federally recognized tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities by allowing the tribe to use Indian Housing Block Grant funds to leverage additional funds from a lender.
Contact the Northern Plains Office at Edward.R.Vaughan@hud.gov or 303-672-5179, or Joel Manske (details here).
As mold remediation and prevention has become a significant issue in Indian Country, more funds are being made available to address this growing issue. Click here for more information and to apply for available federal funding for mold prevention, or contact Joel Manske (details here).
Native American Direct Loan Program (NADL) assists eligible Native American veterans to finance the purchase, construction, or improvement of homes. Click here for more information.
VA Home Loan Guaranty program is administered at the St. Paul Regional Loan Center and helps veterans obtain mortgage loans from private lenders by guaranteeing a portion of the loan against loss. Click here for more information.
Specially Adapted Housing and Special Housing Adaptation Grant Programs are available for servicemembers or veterans with certain service-connected disabilities to help purchase, construct, or make modifications to homes in order to accommodate a disability. Click here for more information.
Homeless veterans have access to programs and resources regarding health care, mental health, housing assistance, employment, and job training. Click here for more information.
North Dakota Community Action works with the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People to help North Dakota veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Click here for more information.
The North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has programs available to help eligible veterans build, improve, and find a home. Click here for more information.