April 1, 2015
On March 25, 2015, Niki Rowe-Fortner of Coalfield Development Corporation received certification as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC). HDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive housing development finance training series. The training provides individuals working in the field of housing development with instruction in single-family home ownership finance, multi-family housing development finance, housing development finance including problem solving and deal structuring, and the creation and implementation of development programs.
The four HDFP Certification Program courses range from three to five days in length and concludes with an exam. Upon successful completion of all four courses, the candidate is awarded HDFP Certification.
The National Development Council was established in 1969 and is a non-profit organization specializing in economic and housing development training and technical assistance for community development. NDC has provided training to over 60,000 professionals working in the fields of economic and housing development. Participants come from diverse backgrounds including city and state governments, public agencies, community-based organizations, professional organizations, and banks.
Rowe-Fortner is Associate Director of Coalfield Development Corporation and directs the organization’s Quality Homes Initiative, which focuses on developing affordable housing in the coalfields of West Virginia. She also holds a NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC) Certification in Homeownership Counseling and has authored $1,348,000 in successful grant applications in her three years with Coalfield Development Corporation.