Thank you for a successful SWTHA Business Meeting and Training!

January 29-31, 2019
Isleta Resort and Casino, Albuquerque, NM

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Isleta Pueblo Housing Authority
National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC)
Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc.
Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)
Travois, Inc.

SWTHA conducted elections for Board Members and Representatives, click here for updates.

Thank you for the Indian Housing Management Training, sponsored by NAIHC, and facilitated by Cielo Gibson.

To review documents, training information, and resources from the meeting, please click here.

Next SWTHA Triannual Meeting and Training, please click here.

SWTHA Business Meeting at AMERIND/NAIHC Annual Convention and Trade Show

Colorado Convention Center
May 07 – 09, 2019

The next SWTHA Triannual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the AMERIND/NAIHC Annual Convention and Trade Show. Details coming soon. Please plan on attending the meeting.

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.

For more information on the next SWTHA Triannual Meeting, 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!

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.

A Message from the NAIHC Executive Director

This year, NAIHC will be growing our Pathways Home homebuyer education program and launching our Leadership Institute courses online for the first time ever! We’re also continuing our national NAIHC events, starting with our Legislative Conference on February 25-27 in Washington, DC. In addition, we will he having our Annual Convention held jointly with Amerind Risk on May 7-9 in Denver and another informative Legal Symposium in December in Las Vegas at the new Bally’s location. We need your voice on Capitol Hill to urge Congress and the Administration to re-open the government. Click here to visit the Legislative Conference registration website.

NAIHC has slowly been learning how the government shutdown is impacting your programs and the communities you serve. We know that several tribes have slowed or halted their operations as they run out of IHBG funding from HUD and are unable to draw down more funds. We know many individual Native American home buyers are unable to secure individual home loans as they need federal offices at HUD or the BIA to help process those documents. That’s why last week, NAIHC Board Chairman Gary Cooper signed on to a letter along with several of the other national native organizations calling for an end to the government shutdown.

But we need to know more about how the shutdown is impacting your program. Please take this short 4-question survey to tell us how your tribal housing program is faring during this nearly month-long government shutdown. SURVEY LINK  The data you provide in this survey will help NAIHC as we work with our allies on Capitol Hill and federal partners. The more offices that are aware of the impacts to your housing programs, the more pressure that all legislators will feel to find a solution and reopen the government.

While I’m on the topic of surveys, I want to share with you the results of a survey that NAIHC issued last summer in conjunction with the National Native Homeownership Coalition. That survey asked various questions about the types of services your housing programs provide, the sources of your funding, and how you assist individuals in your communities with homeownership. Please click on the article here, that highlights some of the results.

To read the complete message, click here. To receive NAIHC Newsletters, click here.

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.

Zuni Housing Authority
Salary Comparability Survey


The Zuni Housing Authority through the Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA) is conducting a comparability study involving all Indian Housing Authorities and Tribal Housing Departments in Region 8. The first step in this study is to conduct a Region wide survey.

Please assist by participating in the survey.  The survey is confidential, your organizational anonymity will be respected.

Click here for the survey letter and questions.  Thank you.

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.

2019 NAIHC Legislative Conference
Washington Court Hotel, Washington, DC
February 25 –  27, 2019

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.

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

Final FY 2018 Spending Bill Passed, Includes Additional $100 million for Tribal Housing

Click here to read more about the Bill.

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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