SWTHA Triannual Meeting
Thank you to the Host, Sponsor, and Attendees

The Fall SWTHA Triannual Board and Business Meeting was held at AMERIND Risk, Santa Ana Pueblo, on October 9, 2019. Thank you to those that attended, to our host, AMERIND Risk, and to our lunch sponsor, RTHawk Housing Alliance LLC.

Elections were held during the meeting. Congratulations to the new SWTHA President, Floyd Tortalita, Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority! All SWTHA Board Members and Representatives can be found on the About Us page.

It was an informative meeting. Presentations were given by RTHawk (Robin Thorne, Vice President, Training & Asset Management), Travois, Inc (Trent Rogers, Project Coordinator), and Rural Community Assistance Corporation (Erika Holzhauer, Rural Development Specialist). View their presentations on the Previous Events page.  Learn about all of the SWTHA Associate Members on the Membership page and see how they can assist you with your housing needs.

The next SWTHA meeting will include training and will be hosted by Ysleta Del Sur, in El Paso, TX. Mark your calendar for January 15-16, 2020. Visit the Events and Training page soon for more information!

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

HUD Round Table
October 21, 2019
Albuquerque, NM

“Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing”

Where:  NCAI Annual Convention, Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Convention Center
When:  October 21, 2019, 9:00am – 12pm

What:  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be hosting a round table and is seeking tribal input on the what regulatory roadblocks Tribes encounter when trying to construct or acquire affordable housing, and what measures and steps can be taken to remove or alleviate them.

If you are planning on attending the NCAI Annual  Convention, please consider joining the discussion to provide your insight and feedback on this important subject.

If there are questions about the Executive Order, click here to read about it.

December 9 – 10, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Save the Date! The 2019 Legal Symposium will be held at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

For more information, visit naihc.net.

Hotel Reservations:
A block of rooms is set aside for the NAIHC Legal Symposium 2019. The hotel is referencing this group under National American Indian Housing Council.

Reservations may be made online or by phone.
Online reservations: https://book.passkey.com/go/SBNAI9

Phone reservations:  Please call the contact center at 800-358-8777 and mention NAIHC  to ensure you receive the group rate.
Rates: $119.00 night plus tax & daily resort fee of $35.

Please note—Room reservation cut off date: November 17, 2019.

Annual Convention & Tradeshow
May 5 – 7, 2020 – Seattle, Washington

Save the date!

The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Visit the NAIHC website for more information.

Zuni Housing Authority Employment Opportunities
Development Specialist and
Environmental Review Specialist

Environmental Review Specialist

Responsible for meeting the requirements of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pertaining to environmental review completions for new construction or rehabilitation projects in compliance with HUD.  Job Announcement.

Development Specialist

Responsible for the planning, design, and construction monitoring phases of new development projects. Provides general oversight of all project implementation requirements and project coordination with the Construction Services Department (CSD). Job Announcement.

Visit pozha.org for more information.

Hopi Tribal Housing Authority
Seeking Executive Director

The Executive Director serves as the administrative and managerial office of the Hopi Tribal Housing Authority, directing the operations of the organization in compliance with all applicable regulations.  The Executive Director exerts a strong leadership role in planning, organization and implementing HTHA’s Mission and Strategic Plan dedication to housing opportunities for Hopi.

For more information, please click here.

Position open until filled.

Upcoming FREE Trainings

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

Housing Admissions and Occupancy
Oct. 22-24 in Reno, NV
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.
Register here.

Developing & Financing Tribal Infrastructure
Nov. 5-6 in Phoenix, AZ
This workshop will demystify infrastructure development and funding and identify different strategies for accessing resources. It is anticipated that attendees will: 1. Acquire a knowledge base that will facilitate the preparation or improvement of a long-term development plan to maximize available funding sources to achieve tribal community development priorities. 2. Understand key finance tools, the criteria for the various funding sources and strategies for preparing successful grant applications. 3. Identify tribal legal infrastructure, including ordinances, that should be adopted to support development.
Event Details and Registration, click here:

Click here for more detailed information on all trainings.

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.

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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