Group photo of the SWTHA Training January 14, 2020

Thank you for a successful
SWTHA Triannual Meeting and Training
January 14 – 16, 2020

Thank you to those that attended, sponsored, and presented at the SWTHA Triannual Meeting and Training, hosted by Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, in El Paso, TX.

The  training provided information needed to protect and serve your community – Meth Awareness, Remediation, and Funding Training. Information from the training will be shared on the website, keep posted.

Documents from previous meetings are posted on the Previous Events page.

Thank you to the sponsors of the SWTHA Meeting and Training!

Summer SWTHA Triannual Meeting
May 4, 2020 – Seattle, WA

Save the Date!  The next SWTHA meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2020 AMERIND Risk | NAIHC Annual Convention & Tradeshow, May 5-7,2020 at The Westin Seattle.

Click here for more information. Stay posted for updates.

AMERIND Safety Poster Contest Attention Housing Authorities

It’s time to for the AMERIND Safety Poster Contest. Promote the contest to your local students.  Have students submit their safety themed poster to your local housing authority. They could win $1,000! National winner in each category (K-3, 4-6, 7-8) receives $1,000. Region VIII deadline to submit to SWTHA is February 14, 2020.

Housing Authority – Send the winning finalist from each category (K-3, 4-6, 7-8) to Lisa Manwell, Region VIII AMERIND Representative, lgm@jaha1.org, by February 14, 2020.

March 2-14, 2020 – Region VIII will vote for one winner from the local entries in each category at swtha.org.

APR 2020 – National online voting. One winner from each category is selected.

MAY 2020 – Winners announced at the AMERIND Risk | NAIHC Annual Convention & Tradeshow, May 5-7, 2020 in Seattle, WA.

If you have any questions, please call the AMERIND Risk Safety Team at (800) 352-3496. Click here to visit amerind.com.

SWTHA Membership Renewal 2020

It’s time to renew your SWTHA membership!

The Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA), is a national and regional advocacy for New Mexico, Arizona and West Texas tribal communities in the area of housing.  SWTHA invites your tribe/organization to join or renew your membership. More members mean a stronger voice for our Native families.

Annual membership is $250.00 and includes benefits.  Click here for more information on membership.

Click here for the Membership Renewal Form.

Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority
Vacancy Announcement
Housing Services Manager

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Housing Services Manager is responsible for management of the housing programs and supervision of staff.

Click here for the job announcement.  The closing date is February 21, 2020.

Mescalero Apache Tribe
Job Announcement
Executive Director

Executive Director: Accomplishes the Housing Department strategic objectives by planning organizing, and supervising all functions required to operate and maintain program activities. Ensures safe and sanitary living conditions for tribal members.

Click here to download Job Announcement.

Enterprise Community Partners and Wells Fargo
Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge

 Competition will award $12 million in grants for six innovative proposals
that advance creative housing affordability solutions

The competition is a  nationwide search for the most innovative, scalable and viable ideas to increase housing affordability solutions, which will award six grants of more than $2 million each, in addition to providing two years of technical assistance from Enterprise to help turn the grantees’ concepts into reality.

Winning proposals will detail scalable solutions that specifically address one of the Challenge’s three focus areas:

  • Housing construction
  • Housing financing
  • Resident services and support

Responses to the first-round request for proposals (RFP) are due Feb. 19, 2020. Enterprise will facilitate a review process to select up to 40 finalists for the second-round RFP. Fifteen finalists will be invited to the Challenge’s third and final round including participating in a pitch competition. The final six grant recipients will be named this summer.

Click here for more information.

2020 NAIHC Legislative Conference
Washington Court Hotel, Washington, DC
February 24 – 26, 2020

The decisions made by Congress and the Administration in Washington, DC, directly affect you and all of Indian Country. NAIHC’s Annual Legislative Conference offers tribes, TDHEs, and Housing Authorities a chance to take part on the process. Attendees can discuss—with each other and with representatives of the federal government—the scope and impact of legislative issues affecting Indian Country. The event brings tribal housing representatives face-to-face with lawmakers, both during the conference and during Congressional visits on Capitol Hill.

Click here for more information.

NeighborWorks Training Institute Los Angeles
May 18-22, 2020
Scholarships Available!

The NeighborWorks Training Institute (NTI) is a five-day “mobile university,” held three times each year in major U.S. cities.  NTI offers training, certification, networking opportunities and other resources to professionals who work in community development and affordable housing.

The Wells Fargo Foundation is pleased to announce they will provide 88 scholarships for the NeighborWorks Training Institute in Los Angeles, CA happening May 18-22, 2020.  Scholarship recipients will receive top-notch training in community development that many non-profit housing counseling agencies may not otherwise have access to. Scholarships include free tuition and single-room lodging. Lodging arrangements will be made on behalf of the Training Institute attendee by NeighborWorks America. The application deadline is February 18, 2020. Application volume may be high for the training event, the portal is subject to close before the deadline if all spots fill before that date. The Wells Fargo invitation code is WFHFS0520.

For more information, click here.

To download flyer, click here.

20th Annual Travois
Indian Country Affordable Housing
and Economic Development Conference
San Antonio, TX
March 31-April 2, 2020

This one-of-a-kind educational conference provides help for tribal entities interested in securing funds for affordable housing and economic developments in Native communities. We share tips and tools for using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program and other financing sources like impact investments, grants and more. These two federal tax credit programs have directly led to more than $1.4 billion of new and rehabilitated homes, businesses and services in Indian Country.

Travois staff, experienced tribal developers and industry partners will share best practices on how to move developments forward — planning, securing financing, architectural design, construction monitoring, asset management and compliance and more.

Outstanding industry professionals who are making a difference in Native communities will be recognized at the Superhero Awards ceremony, and we will celebrate Travois 25th anniversary!

Registration will open this winter.

Questions? Contact comm@travois.com or call 816-994-8970.

AMERIND Risk – Golf Fundraiser
Apr 23, 2020, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Santa Ana Golf Club, Santa Ana Pueblo

AMERIND invites you to be a part of their 16th Annual Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser event on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at Santa Ana Golf Club, one of Southwest’s finest golf courses located on the Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. Your participation will assist the AMERIND Emergency Protecting Tribal Families Fund, to help uninsured tribal homeowners as well as low-income Native families and Native Youth.

Click here for more information.

AMERIND Risk/NAIHC
Annual Convention & Tradeshow
May 5 – 7, 2020 – Seattle, WA

Save the date!

The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Visit the NAIHC website for more information.

SWONAP
Upcoming FREE Trainings

HUD’s Southwest Office of Native American Programs (SWONAP) is pleased to share the following information about upcoming FREE Trainings.

Financial Management
March 3-4, 2020 – Phoenix, Arizona

This course provides an overview of financial management, accounting and audit requirements that pertain to the use of Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funding for administration of tribal housing programs.

Event Details and Registration: Click Here

NAHASDA Essentials
February 25-27, 2020 – Silverdale, WA

Housing Admissions and Occupancy responsibilities are at the heart of the rental housing program. Often occupancy specialists are the face of housing to many residents. Participants can expect to gain an understanding how Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) policies and program requirements impact the Admissions and Occupancy (A&O) process. Board and management can learn more about developing and applying tribal policies and procedures that are clear, support staff, and promote equitable and compliant programs.

Click here for all trainings.

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.

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.

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

Region VIII Tribal Housing Advocate.

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