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Open house marks completion of Northwood Manor Apartments renovation

9/27/2011

NORTHWOOD, ND – An open house and free buffet of traditional North Dakota favorites like knoephla, kuchen and Scandinavian open-face sandwiches will be held on from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, to mark completion of a complete exterior and interior renovation of Northwood Manor Apartments, a complex of twelve affordable apartment homes in Northwood, ND.

The event, being held in the newly refurbished community room of the Manor located at 128 Parkway Lane, is free and open to all ages. Tours of currently available apartments will be offered to the public.

Originally built in 1981, Northwood Manor Apartments is owned and managed by Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc., a subsidiary of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, and subsidized by the Rural Development program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as homes for families and senior citizens with moderate incomes. The building received a new roof and has been totally remodeled inside with a design by Michael J. Burns Architects, LTD, Moorhead, MN. The units feature finishes in contemporary colors with new kitchens and flooring throughout. Units have also been improved to accommodate persons with physical accessibility needs.

“Access to housing is key to keeping Northwood a vibrant, attractive place to live,” said Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development state director. “USDA Rural Development is proud to partner with Lutheran Social Services Housing to ensure the long-term quality of Northwood Manor by making improvements to the complex without increasing rental rates.”

Schneider is scheduled to offer a welcome message to guests at Wednesday’s event.

Other key funding partners in the project are Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines and one of its North Dakota-based member banks, The Citizens State Bank of Finley.

“Maintaining rural housing is an important part of our mission,” explained Curt Heidt, FHLB Des Moines’ vice president and community investment officer who will help host Wednesday’s event in Northwood. The Federal Home Loan Bank works with member financial institutions like The Citizens State Bank of Finley to provide grants for community homeownership and rental projects. Since its inception, FHLB has provided the state of North Dakota with $9.5 million in grants to help create 1,634 homes.

Community Development Block Grant funds granted by the Red River Regional Council were an additional essential piece of the collaborative funding mix that made restoration of the Northwood units a reality.

“We strive to make sure that those who want to live in North Dakota’s smaller communities have rental homes they can afford,” said Jessica Thomasson, director of Lutheran Social Services Housing and overseer of the Northwood renovation. “This means both building new units and, just as importantly, rehabilitating apartments that are older but can be beautiful and comfortable with some essential updates. The only way to do this is through a mix of public and private funding sources and we are so grateful to the government and banking entities that came together for our Northwood residents. This is a good example of how well rural rehabilitation projects can work.”

Guests and community members who attend Wednesday’s event will be treated to a buffet featuring Scandinavian and German favorites and will be able to view apartments open for rental. Rental applications will also be available.

Lutheran Social Services Housing supports the continued vitality of North Dakota communities by providing housing and housing-related services, with nine rental housing projects currently completed and under management and an additional seven projects in various stages of development.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is a nonprofit social services agency serving North Dakotans from offices in five cities with 19 programs, including Lutheran Social Services Housing, that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status.

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For further information:

For more on Lutheran Social Services Housing and its community development activities throughout North Dakota, please contact Director Jessica Thomasson at 701-429-4258.

To apply for housing at Northwood Manor call the rental line at Lutheran Social Services Housing at 701-271-3207 or housing@lssnd.org

Lutheran Social Services of ND news media contact: Kathryn Trill, Communications Manager, at 701-271-3289 or ktrill@lssnd.org.

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