NEW TOWN The construction of 200 more homes on the Fort Berthold Reservation will be financed with money from oil and gas lease bonuses and royalties paid to the Three Affiliated Tribes, said the executive director of Fort Berthold Housing Authority in New Town.
The tribal business council passed the resolution Aug. 14 for the 200 new homes.
An oil and gas lease bonus is the up-front payment for leases; royalty is the money paid for oil/gas produced.
This is a working drawing of the proposed elderly housing project, the Hidatsa Homes project, by Fort Berthold Housing Authority for the north part of New Town. The drawing is provided by ABC Building Concepts in Williston. The top drawing shows the project with garages. It is among construction and renovation projects currently under way by the housing authority for the Fort Berthold Reservation.
Dennis R. Fox Jr., executive director of Fort Berthold Housing Authority, said that of the 200 homes, at least 30 of them will be built in each of the six districts on the reservation. The other homes will be built at the discretion of Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Marcus Wells Jr.'s administration.
The project will cost from $5 million to $20 million to get under way, Fox said. He said the first areas to be developed for new homes as part of the 200-home project will be in the Four Bears and Parshall areas.
Fox said there is an extreme need for housing on the reservation and the oil development in the area is impacting it. Even when the housing authority renovates existing homes, he said motel rooms are not available for residents to stay while their homes are being renovated.
Dream Catcher Program transferred
The Three Affiliated Tribes' business council recently transferred the Dream Catcher Program to Fort Berthold Housing Authority to institute a "one-stop-shop" of housing programs, said Dennis R. Fox, executive director of the housing authority.
The Dream Catcher Program is a home-buyer program designed to help those who don't qualify for Fort Berthold Housing Authority assistance, Fox said.
He said the business council and the housing authority are making strides in providing the needed housing on the reservation. However, he said the result of a recent study showed 500 more homes are needed on the reservation. In response to that study, the council responded with the resolution to build 200 more homes, Fox said.
Currently, a total of 236 units are under construction or being renovated.
Under Wells Jr. and the housing authority's board of commissioners, the housing authority is doing the following work present construction and renovation projects including costs and the funding sources.
TITLE VI (BNC, Bismarck, bank loan with U.S. Housing and Urban Development guarantee). 120 units Phase I (exterior doors and windows), Phase II (floors and bathrooms) renovations.
-10 units 5 Mandaree duplexes.
-2 duplexes placed, 3 remaining foundations being placed.
-5 units Mandaree single family homes homes selected.
-Foundations ready to be dug and placed.
U.S. Department of Agriculture 515 grant/loan program. 12 units Twin Buttes Apartments.
-Began in June finalizing engineered fill compaction.
Low-Income Housing Tax Credits North Dakota Housing Finance. 52 units elderly rehab Parshall, Mandaree, White Shield.
-$3.5 million. 4 units in White Shield ready to be occupied.
-$4.2 million. 28 units (cost listed without garages) New construction for elderly, New Town. Finalized drawings construction to begin in September.
The Hidatsa Homes elderly housing project in New Town will have two buildings at the intersection of East Avenue and 9th Street North. Each building will have 14 units (eight two-bedroom units, six one-bedroom units), a common room with serving kitchen and two offices. The two-bedroom units will be 883 square feet and the one-bedroom units will be 807 square feet. There will be two alternative bids: one with attached one-car garages and one with detached one-car garages to compare costs. All units will be handicapped accessible and have their own washer, dryer and water heater.
184s (HUD 90 percent guaranteed loans from Wells Fargo).
-2 units Four Bears, all units sold.
-4 units New Town, all units sold.
REPLACEMENTS (funded with federal funds to Fort Berthold Housing Authority).
-1 unit in Mandaree complete.
-1 unit in Four Bears, unit ordered.
Comprehensive Grant renovation program. Completed the 3rd Street, Demaray Unit, New Town Renovation.
Completed the 5th Street, Burr Unit, New Town Renovation.
Finished additional repair to basement.
Working on Deane unit, Parshall Renovation.
TOTAL: 236 units under construction or renovated across reservation.
-$.2 million. New maintenance building in Northern Lights. Completed and fully functional in 2007
- $.04 million, Brookes Heights water dispersion/erosion prevention-flume in Four Bears area.
TOTAL COST: $15.09 million in projects.