Churches United Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA – October 17, 2016 - Churches United for the Homeless held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, October 17th at 3305 3rd Avenue North to celebrate the start of construction on the Bright Sky Apartments. This 43-unit apartment complex is an $8.5 million project and will include apartments with up to four-bedrooms, as well as a community space for homeless individuals and families.

Building and financing for this project were the result of collaboration between Beyond Shelter, Inc.  and the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. Gate City Bank is also providing low-interest construction financing.

 “This project is an important step in providing more stability for families seeking decent, affordable housing in Moorhead,” said Sue Koesterman, Executive Director for Churches United of the Homeless. “It will ensure that families and individuals experiencing hardship are able to access the housing and services that they need to regain stability. This is a huge project and the continued financial support of the community is essential to its success.”

“Access to affordable housing is a critical first step toward financial stability,” said Kevin Hanson, Executive Vice President-Director of Lending at Gate City Bank. “Helping build a better quality of life within our communities is part of Gate City Bank’s philosophy. We’re honored to partner with non-profit organizations such as Churches United by providing the low-interest construction financing needed.” 

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About Gate City Bank

A $1.9 billion mutual community bank, Gate City Bank has been providing banking services to its customers since 1923. Gate City Bank has 36 convenient banking offices across North Dakota and western Minnesota and employs over 610 people. In addition to being the USDA top mortgage lender in North Dakota with locally approved, financed, and serviced home loans, Gate City Bank was named one of the “50 Best Places to Work” in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Prairie Business. Additional information is available at gatecity.bank.

About Churches United For the Homeless

Churches United for the Homeless (CUFH) provides shelter and housing for men, women, and families experiencing homelessness in the Fargo-Moorhead area.  CUFH works to address the root cause of homelessness by increasing incomes and connecting residents to community services with a goal of increasing housing stability and preventing a return to shelter.  For more information, visit www.churches-united.org.


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