SWTHA Business Meeting
700 Kalamath St, Denver, CO
May 6, 2019

The next SWTHA Triannual Meeting will be held at Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath St, Denver, CO. Please plan on attending the meeting, especially if you are attending the AMERIND/NAIHC Convention. Click here to register for the SWTHA Meeting.

This is in conjunction with the AMERIND/NAIHC Annual Convention and Trade Show.  The Convention features a two–day tradeshow as well as topical training sessions that provided up-to-date information on issues that impact tribal housing programs and that directly relate to administration of programs under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA). This is an exciting opportunity to network with Tribal housing professionals, tribal leaders, administrators, and other tribal housing and community development stakeholders. You will gain knowledge and new strategies about topics like workplace safety, claims, housing management, human resources, other various safety issues and much more! For more information about the AMERIND/NAIHC Annual Convention and Trade Show, please click here.

To register for the  SWTHA Triannual Meeting and for more information, please click here.

SWTHA Scholarship Grants 2019

SWTHA is pleased to announce the availability of educational scholarship grants for Region VIII (Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas) funded under the AMERIND Risk’s Annual Scholarship Program. The goal of the scholarship grant is to assist in the education of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The grant may be used for post-secondary or graduate level courses at an accredited educational institution for a course of study that will result in an accredited degree or vocational certification.

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 22, 2019 by close of business. The announcement of the scholarship recipients will be made during the SWTHA Membership Meeting on May 6, 2019. To register for the  SWTHA Triannual Meeting and for more information, please click here.

The SWTHA Board is committed to assisting in the continued and progressive education of our Native American students, and we are pleased to offer this scholarship opportunity to our Region VIII post-secondary and graduate level students.

For more information on the Scholarship, and for the application, please click here.

SWTHA Membership Renewal 2019

The Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA), provides national and regional advocacy for New Mexico, Arizona and West Texas tribal communities.  It is membership renewal time, we invite your tribe/organization to be a part of SWTHA. We host regular business meetings and relevant training for tribal leadership and tribal housing programs. More members mean a stronger voice for our Native families.

Annual membership is $250.00. Please click here for more information on the benefits and fees for SWTHA Membership.

SWTHA Accepting Applications for Associate Membership

Associate Membership is recommended for any organizations seeking to support tribal housing, and/or provide products or services to the member tribal housing programs.

Please click here for more information on the benefits and fees for SWTHA Associate Membership and to view SWTHA Associate Members and what their company can do for you!

Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

GRID Alternatives helps tribal communities achieve their clean energy goals while providing financial savings and job training opportunities to improve their members’ quality of life. The Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund is a tribal-led initiative that provides new funding to tribes to support their renewable energy projects.  The fund awards grants for projects that clearly focus on building renewable energy infrastructure, particularly new solar energy projects in tribal communities,  that are feasible, cost-effective, and engage broad tribal community participation. GRID works with tribes to install solar electric systems for tribal members and  community facilities. These projects can range from single rooftop solar installations to large-scale projects that meet the energy needs of the whole community.

For more information, and to apply for funding, please click here.

Application deadline: May 3, 2019

 

AMERIND 15th Annual
Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser 

Apr 25, 2019
Santa Ana Golf Club

AMERIND Risk Hosts 15th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Native American families and youth.
Your participation will support our Golf Fundraiser to benefit three charities committed and deeply rooted in Indian Country — AMERIND Risk Protecting Tribal Families Fund, Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc. and Wings of America.

You can register as a single golfer, twosome, threesome, or foursome.  Includes green fee, golf cart, ditty bag, shirt, and lunch.  Sponsorships are also available.

Click here for more information.

AMERIND Risk Safety Poster Contest

The AMERIND Risk Safety Poster Contest is here! Region VIII Housing Departments are requested to sponsor a local Poster Contest for children in grades K-3, 4-6, and 7-8.

Contestants should submit a poster that promotes any safety issue (examples: fire, distracted driving, home fire escape plan, how to call 9-1-1, etc.) One final winner from each category will be voted by the public, on the AMERIND Risk website, to win $1,000!

Safety Poster Contest Procedures

Safety Poster Contest Entry Form

Click here for more information, and to vote.

Congratulations  to Yavapai-Apache Nation
Tribal Housing!

Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Housing received a 2018 allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) from the Arizona Department of Housing for its seventh LIHTC development, Yavapai-Apache Homes #7. The housing authority will build 35 new construction housing units on the Yavapai-Apache Nation in Clarkdale, AZ. The new construction will consist of: 30 three-bedroom units with 1,580 square feet and five four-bedroom units with 1,829 square feet. Eleven units are targeted to households with annual incomes up to 40 percent Area Median Household Income (AMI), 14 units are targeted for households up to 50 percent AMI, and 10 units are targeted for households up to 60 percent AMI. The development also includes the construction of a 7,832-square-foot community building.

RBC Capital Markets is the development investor.

Story reprinted with permission from Travois, Inc.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe Recognized for Building Earth-Friendly Home

This house, built by the Pascua Yaqui tribe in Tucson, Ariz. from environmentally-friendly EF Blocks, is for sale to tribal members and is the first of what may be 30 homes to follow made out of a material used by several other tribes in Arizona for homes and commercial buildings.

A home made out of energy-efficient building material on the Pascua Yaqui homeland in Tucson, Ariz. may be the start of something big.

The approximately 2,000 square feet home, framed by material called EF Block (EF is for Earth Friendly), is a demonstration project for the tribe, which wants to demonstrate it can build houses using its own housing employees and that it can boost homeownership for those that want to live on the reservation, by selling those houses to tribal members.

Click here to read the complete story in Native Business Magazine.

AMERIND Risk/NAIHC
Convention & Tradeshow 2019
May 7-10, 2019
Colorado Convention Center

Save the Date! SWTHA will hold Triannual Meeting in conjunction with this event!

Click here for more information.

Travois 19th Annual
Indian Country Affordable Housing
and Economic Development Conference

April 9 – April 11, 2019
Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Miami, FL.

This educational conference combines instruction, client case studies, panel discussions with industry experts, and hands-on activities. Successful projects and future possibilities for community growth, development using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) programs will be demonstrated.

Free registration is offered for qualifying attendees, who work in housing, community or economic development, and who serve American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian communities or people.

Using the two federal tax credit programs, Travois clients have created more than $1.3 billion of new and rehabilitated homes, businesses and services and more vibrant communities for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

Click here for more information.

Native Business Summit 2019
May 13-15, 2019
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, OK

Three days of highly beneficial business trainings and presentations designed to help grow your company and make sure you are in the innovation loop.

Benefit from unparalleled networking with Tribal officials, Alaska Native leaders and Corporations while engaging with the best and brightest Native American and First Nations business owners and entrepreneurs from across Indian Country! Many of whom you have read about in the pages of Native Business Magazine.

Click here for more information.

RCAC Financing available to Tribes, Tribal entities and individuals in the Southwest

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) Loan Fund has received funding that is specifically intended to provide low-interest, long- and short-term loans to Tribes, Tribal communities and individual Native Americans in Arizona and New Mexico. Eligible projects include: affordable housing, infrastructure (water and wastewater system improvements), community facilities and Native-owned small businesses. Eligible entities: nonprofit agencies that serve Indian Country, Tribal entities and individuals.

If you have questions or would like more details, please contact their loan officer: Darryl English (435) 640-9770, or denglish@rcac.org. Or, call RCAC’s main office at (916) 447-9832 and ask for Loan Fund.  Click here to download the flyer.

HUD Section 184 Program

HUD has been holding “tribal consultation” sessions throughout the United States on a proposal to modify the Section 184 program regulations, a copy is attached.

Stetson Law Offices, P.C. has prepared a proposed comment letter, attached, for your use. You can modify it in any manner desired and make it from your program or your Tribe/Pueblo. We strongly suggest that you consider sending a comment letter to HUD as soon as possible.

Download 24 CFR Part 1005

Download Generic Letter to HUD

Help House Native American Veterans

Permit Use of Tribal HUD-VASH Vouchers for All Housing Units on Indian Lands

Click below to read more information on HUD-VASH.

Housing Tribal HUD-VASH one pager 2018

Welcome to the Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA) website. SWTHA is a non-profit organization established in May 2009 representing Indian Housing Authorities and Tribal Housing Departments in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas, also known as Region VIII. SWTHA’s purpose is to assist its members in addressing the housing needs of low-income Indian families in the Tri-State area. We encourage your organization to join us for a unified approach in combating housing needs of our Region.

To be the Southwest Tribal voice of housing by providing relevant, timely information, resources and a valuable network for the SWTHA membership.

Region VIII Tribal Housing Advocate.

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