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FCC Announces Emergency Broadband Benefit Start Date

This morning, the FCC announced that on May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

In announcing the official launch date, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel stated: 

“Families in every corner of the country have been struggling to get online throughout this pandemic. For those families, we now say help is around the corner. In less than two weeks, we will have a new way for disconnected Americans to access the internet to carry out their day-to-day life, so they can reach the virtual classroom, take advantage of telehealth, and seek new employment opportunities.” 

Beginning on May 12 households can apply in three ways: 

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.  
  • Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center 

P.O. Box 7081  

London, KY 40742 

Materials that partners can use to help promote the Emergency Broadband Benefit to the communities they serve will be available soon on

Earlier this week the FCC hosted a webinar that provided an overview of the benefit, eligibility criteria, how to apply, and the FCC’s partner toolkit materials. If you missed the event live, a recording can be viewed online

Thank you for all your hard work and continued efforts to ensure that every eligible consumer knows about the program and how to sign up. 

Career Openings

Great Plains Housing Authority is adding to their team. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and references. Applicants should review the position descriptions. The ESG Program Manager position is a grant position with an ending date of August 31, 2022. Occupancy Specialist position is being advertised if the ESG Program Manager is not filled. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MAY 12, 2021.

ESG Program Manager

Great Plains Housing Authority is looking for an ESG Program Manager.  The ESG Program Manager position is a temporary position granted through August 31, 2022.  ESG Program Manager will coordinate ESG programs across Region 6.  Position requires a bachelor’s degree or four years related services.  Applicants must be highly organized, able to work independently, and understand government regulations.  Full position description is available online at or at the GPHA offices.  Anyone interested in this temporary position are required to submit a letter of application, resume, and three professional references. Click here for position description.

Occupancy Specialist

Great Plains Housing Authority is seeking an Occupancy Specialist to grow their team. This exempt position will work in a shared office as part of a team or remotely as needed. Position provides advanced level of office support, customer service, records management, ensures accurate and timely reviews of participants; determines income eligibility and housing assistance; inspects and certifies housing units; and informs clients of program standards, codes, and regulations. Click here for position description.

Contact David ( or Cassie ( at 701-252-1098 regarding these positions. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MAY 12, 2021.

Great Plains Housing Authority awarded grant

Great Plains Housing Authority is the recipient of a 2021 Emergency Solutions Grant – CV (CARES Act) in the amount of $386,838.

The Emergency Solutions Grant is a federal program designed to provide financial assistance to facilities and programs within North Dakota to identify sheltered and unsheltered homeless people, as well as those at risk of homelessness, and provide the services necessary to help those persons quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.

The North Dakota Department of Commerce approved the grant application and award amount for the Great Plains Housing Authority for Street Outreach, software licensing, leasing assistance and administrative expenses.

GPHA has been actively developing a program plan to begin programming in May 2021. Great Plains Housing Authority will be seeking a program manager to coordinate the ESG-CV Grant within the nine-county region of ND Region VI: Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells counties.

Additional emergency housing services available include the Rent Bridge program and the Emergency Rental Assistance program, which is in pending legislation expected to be approved. These additional services can include financial assistance for landlords and utility providers.

The Emergency Solutions Grant is a federal program designed to provide financial assistance to facilities and programs within North Dakota.

Since April 2020, GPHA received additional awards to assist more clients during the pandemic. This has resulted in an additional 136 households assisted.

It is the continued mission of Great Plains Housing Authority to provide safe, affordable housing opportunities for persons with low and moderate income and to promote economic self-sufficiency of families.

2021 Income Limits

HUD published the 2021 Income Limits for housing assistance programs. These limits begin May 1, 2021.

This notice only changes the income limits to qualify, the notice does not change the rent limits, or other qualifications for housing assistance.