North Dakota

  • State Data Overview

    Across North Dakota, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

    Renter households that are extremely low income
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    Average income limit for 4-person extremely low income household
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Thaddaeus Elliott

    Thaddaeus Elliott

    202-662-1530 x250 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People
    PO Box 14881
    Grand Forks, North Dakota 58208

    P 701-428-2481

    Sue Shirek, Chair
    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Courtney Cooperman with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Sue Shriek
    Chair, North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People
    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    David A. Flohr

    Executive Director

    North Dakota Housing Finance Agency


    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    William Hourigan

    Housing Development Officer


    [email protected]

    Jennifer Henderson

    Planning and Housing Development Director


    [email protected]

    State Entity Webpage

    North Dakota Housing Finance Agency

    NHTF-specific page

    Housing Trust Fund

    Annual Action Plan

  • Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: North Dakota (PDF) (JPG)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: North Dakota (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In North Dakota and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In North Dakota and Nationwide

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    Urge Congress to Enact Historic Housing Investments!
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Increased Investments in Affordable Homes
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:

    No information at this time.

    Between 16,000-23,000 – or up to 21% of – North Dakota households are at risk of eviction. Approximately 450 renters in about 17 counties across North Dakota have been helped by the state’s Rent Bridge Program, which provides assistance for up to six months.

    Updated on September 2, 2020.

    A letter to the editor in the Grand Forks Herald discusses how the COVID-19 housing crisis will adversely impact children’s health. The author urges North Dakota’s congressional delegation to recognize the urgency of the housing crisis and support $100 billion in rental assistance, $11.5 billion in homelessness resources, and a national eviction moratorium.

    Updated on August 25, 2020.

    The YWCA Cass Clay began weekly mass testing of residents and staff at the Emergency Shelter on June 4, and it will continue to do so each week for the foreseeable future. The YWCA Emergency Shelter is the largest shelter serving women and children in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.

    The North Dakota COVID Emergency Rent Bridge program is providing temporary assistance to renters impacted by the pandemic. The program will pay up to 70% of the lease for up to three months.

    No information at this time.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.

    Up to 21 percent of North Dakota renters are at risk of eviction. While there were fewer evictions overall in the state, in July of 2020 than July 2019. This doesn’t count dismissed cases that may have come back up later. 

    Updated on August 28, 2020.

    Evictions allowed to resume remotely on April 22 after state Supreme Court had been closed for several weeks.  Eviction cases are being conducted remotely and in person. 

    Updated: August 1

    In the third week of July, 15.3% of adults in North Dakota reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 17,100 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.

    Updated: July 29

    According to a weekly survey by the Census, 1 in 5 adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency?

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief.