North Dakota Housing Finance Agency executive director Jolene Kline will retire on July 1, 2019.  To honor her 34 years of service, the agency will host an Open House on Wednesday, June 26, from 3 to 5 pm CDT at its Bismarck office, 2624 Vermont Avenue Bismarck, ND 58504.

Kline began working at NDHFA in 1985 as an eligibility technician for HAP. She moved up a couple years later, working in Section 8 Contract Administration as a program specialist. In 1990, she became the agency’s LIHTC program administrator. When the agency’s planning and housing development division was formed in 2006, Kline was selected as the first director and was charged with carrying out a strategy to address the state’s housing challenges. She developed programs and employed innovative ideas to address workforce and senior housing shortages and the rehab of the state’s existing housing stock while providing technical assistance to communities struggling to address their housing needs.

Following the retirement of NDHFA Executive Director Mike Anderson in June 2013, the North Dakota Industrial Commission appointed Kline as the acting executive director. Six months later, citing her outstanding affordable housing advocacy, the commission made the appointment permanent.