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Lutheran Social Services Housing awarded Champion of Affordable Housing recognition

Lutheran Social Services Housing was recognized by the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) with the Champion of Affordable Housing - Housing Production Award for our Linden Corners Apartments project in Stanley. The award was presented at the 21st Annual Statewide Housing Conference on Feb. 9 in Bismarck.

The Stanley Community Hospital, left vacant for several years, was converted into 17 affordable rental units by Lutheran Social Services Housing. The rental units provide housing for those impacted by increased oil production, as well as households affected by the 2011 Mouse River flood.

"The units were nearly 100 percent pre-leased at the time of Lutheran Social Services' ribbon cutting with a large waiting list of prospective tenants, proving just how needed this housing was in the community of Stanley," said North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in presenting the award.

NDHFA began recognizing its landing partners and affordable housing advocates with the Champion of Affordable Housing Awards in 1995.

The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple, who serves as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the NDHFA.

Lutheran Social Services Housing, Inc., a subsidiary of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, supports the continued vitality of North Dakota communities by building, owning and managing affordable nonprofit housing and housing-related services for working families and older adults, 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 thousands of North Dakotans each year from offices in five cities with 19 programs that strengthen individuals, families and communities without regard to clients’ race, religion, gender or economic status.

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Pictured in the front row, l-r, Mike Anderson, executive director, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency; Robert L. Sanderson, CEO, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota; and Jessica Thomasson, director, Lutheran Social Services Housing; back row, l-r, Pastor Ray Anderson, American Lutheran Church of Stanley; Bishop Mark Narum, Western ND Synod, ELCA; and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

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