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New Development Provides Housing for Disabled


It's a project that will help those who have the hardest time finding a place to live...

Pride Incorporated along with others celebrate the construction of Independence Pointe in Bismarck...

It's being built with funds secured through the state housing incentive fund.

The development will be the first project of this kind to provide housing solely for people with disabilities.

The goal is to allow residents to lead a more independent and financially stress-free life.

The building is designed for 19 single bedrooms and five three-bedroom units.

"Totally handicapped accessible. They'll be 24 hour staffing for the individuals living in this particular building and the entire building will meet ADA code including doorbells that set off lights for people who are hearing impaired," says Charles Bisnett, CEO, Pride Inc.

Some of the other amenities include wheel-in showers and outlets placed higher along the walls.

Jolene Kline, Director of the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency says this building will provide affordable housing for many who are living on 10 thousand dollars a year.

She says it's a group of our population who are often overlooked.

"We focus so much on workers and the rising rents and the challenges that businesses are having recruiting workers but we sometimes forget to talk about our seniors, our persons with disabilities, those people on fixed incomes," says Jolene Kline, Acting Director, ND Housing Finance Agency.

The construction on Independence Pointe started four weeks ago.

Bisnett says the building is already completely rented out.

They hope the project will be complete by next September.

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