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Housing champions recognized

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recognized businesses as Champions of Affordable Housing at the 2010 Statewide Housing Conference, according to a news release.

Lender awards are based on participation in the NDHFA's home ownership programs and involvement in locally sponsored affordable housing projects and events. Participating lenders in the area recognized by the Agency included First International Bank & Trust, which has a branch in Killdeer.

Gate City Bank and Western Cooperative Credit Union, which have offices in Dickinson, were also recognized lenders.

"The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency relies on a multitude of partners to deliver its services -- affordable home loans for first-time buyers; safe, decent and accessible rental housing for low-income families; and technical assistance and fiscal resources to address the housing challenges faced by rural communities," said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who presented the awards on behalf of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. "To recognize the work of their outstanding housing partners, the agency created the Champion of Affordable Housing Awards."

Leadership and Housing Production award winners were selected based on the impact that the individual, project or organization has made on a community or the state during the past year, according to the release.