Minot developing affordable housing plans for NDR program

MINOT, N.D. - Minot city leaders are developing their plans for how to use part of the money earned in the National Disaster Resilience (NDR) competition to develop affordable housing.

Housing and Urban Development awarded Minot $74.3 million in January of 2016.

The city must use that money by 2022 to create a more resilient community, through flood protection, affordable housing and other means.

Roughly $20 million will go to affordable housing, and Tuesday Minot's Finance and Improvements Committee voted to allow the city to put out bids for multi-family rental housing.

The committee also approved an agreement with engineers to begin developing a resilient neighborhood.

“A part of our buy-in project that is part of the NDR application is that we create resilient neighborhoods, and so were looking, we're trying to identify some tracts of land, for example, some of the developments in north Minot that had started and basically have failed,” said Cindy Hemphill, the acting NDR program director for Minot.

John Zakian is expected to take over as the permanent NDR Program Director for Minot this week.

The full City Council will take up the issue at their meeting next Monday.