At the GFHA we are dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing for all residents of Grand Forks County. Our work began in 1967 with a declaration from Mayor Hugo Magnusson stating the need in our community for an agency that develops and maintains affordable housing while strengthening our local neighborhoods. The Housing Choice Voucher program and our project-based apartment complexes have roots in virtually all areas of our community and continue to be a vital player in the local efforts to help end homelessness and assist families in their pursuit of self-sufficiency. Over the past twenty years our mission has expanded to include a Family Self-Sufficiency program, resident service coordination, and various home ownership opportunities.
Our work would not be possible without the vast partnerships we have in Grand Forks County. While there are too many organizations to name, the majority of our work is done with Grand Forks Homes, Inc., a local nonprofit corporation started in 1971 as a collaboration of eight churches with the common goal of housing those in need. The eight member churches of Grand Forks Homes are: Augustana Lutheran, Calvary Lutheran, First Presbyterian, St. Mark’s Lutheran, St. Mary’s Catholic, St. Michael’s Catholic, St. Paul’s Episcopal, and United Lutheran. The membership of these churches is nearly 15,000 people, or approximately 30%
of Grand Forks’ population.
The Grand Forks Housing Authority is governed by a Board of Commissioners who have been approved by the Mayor of Grand Forks.
2012 Board of Commissioners
- Curt Kreun, Chair
- Duane Hafner
- Joan Johnson
- Garth Rydland
- Fayme Stringer
- We have programs for all citizens of Grand Forks County, regardless of their income
- At the GFHA, we provide rental assistance for over 2,000 families
- Over $6 Million is contributed to the local economy annually through housing assistance payments to local landlords through our housing choice voucher program
- Our programs are funded entirely at the federal and state level, taking no local tax dollars
- Since 2001 our Family Self-Sufficiency Program has assisted hundreds of families and saved assistance programs nearly $1.5 Million in the areas of food stamps, TANF, and housing assistance