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Funding announced for UTTC housing
21 November 2005

BISMARCK (UTN) - Two parts of a funding package are now available to help overcome the number one challenge in the planned growth of United Tribes Technical College. A grant from the federal government and a tax credit plan were approved to address the shortage of housing on the campus in Bismarck.

      The college was awarded $297,600 for campus housing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. North Dakota U. S. Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan, and Congressman Earl Pomeroy announced the HUD set aside grant October 13. All three had worked to secure the funding.

      And the college is approved for $209,168 in low income housing tax credits in year one of a ten-year program administered by the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency.

      Both awards will help fund construction of family student housing. Typically students must wait for on-campus housing. College enrollment for the 2005-06 academic year is expected to exceed 1,000 and plans call for serving twice that number in the next several years.

      "Students who live on campus at United Tribes are more likely to succeed in school," said Russell Swagger, the college dean of student and campus services. "It's our commitment to provide the support that helps them become successful."

      In the planning and design phase are two, single-floor buildings totaling 24,000 square feet. The units would provide two-bedroom apartment space for two dozen students.

      Construction would begin during the 2006 construction season, once the funding package is completed. Total cost is estimated to exceed $3-million.


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