SWTHA Triannual Meeting
October 14, 2020 – Virtual Setting

Save the Date!

The next SWTHA Triannual Meeting will be Wednesday, October 14, 9am – 3pm.

This meeting will provide updates and discuss how SWTHA can assist Region VII during these difficult times. We will have interesting speakers discussing pertinent topics. There will be elections at this meeting, it is important that members are present to make quorum.

More information coming soon!

Message from
Floyd Tortalita, SWTHA President

At this time all our communities are challenged to be proactive in defeating this pandemic.  We need to protect our communities, our people, and our beautiful culture.  Let’s remain united, optimistic, and respectful during this critical time.  As Native People, we pray to the spirits and remain faithful with belief that our Creator will help us through this time.

Blessings to all,

Floyd Tortalita
SWTHA President

Region VIII AMERIND 2020 Scholarship
Awardee Announcement

The Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA) provides educational scholarship grants for Region VIII (Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas) funded under the AMERIND Risk Management Corporation’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 vocational certification or degree.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Region VIII AMERIND 2020 Scholarship!

Eston Fulsom III, Mescalero Apache
Freshman, University of New Mexico

Kristiann Ferreira, San Carlos Apache
Junior, Arizona State University
Health Care Compliance and Regulations

AMERIND Safety Team Offers
Free online COVID-19 Safety Training!

AMERIND Safety Team is offering a COVID-19 virtual safety training for you and your staff. This training is designed to provide more information about the virus and tips to take to avoid exposure. Knowing what to do and what measures to take during these challenging times can help dispel the heightened fears that are naturally occurring during this pandemic.

Please call an AMERIND Safety Team member at 505-404-5000 to schedule a training.

HomeNational Tribal Broadband Summit
Sept. 21-25, 2020 – Virtual

On September 21 – 25, 2020, the Department of the Interior (DOI), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will showcase creative solutions to some of the biggest barriers to tribal broadband development. As part of the larger effort to close the digital divide in Indian Country, the second annual National Tribal Broadband Summit will connect community leaders with information and resources to identify opportunities for public and private sector solutions to close the connectivity gap in schools and libraries on tribal lands.

This summit will provide a platform for leaders across the broadband development ecosystem to share best practices, new ideas, and lessons learned from their real-world experience bringing high-speed internet to Native American homes and businesses.

Event Details and Registration, click here.

The National Center Business Awards | NCAIEDWhat Tribes and Tribal Entities Need to Know When Procuring Personal Protective Equipment

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) has developed a comprehensive guide and accompanying website for tribes and tribal entities that need to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) during the current COVID-19 pandemic, as well as future public health crises.

Download the factsheets – a longer, comprehensive version and a shorter version.  Visit the NCAIED website for resources and information for tribal governments, health agencies, businesses, and other entities that need PPE. The National Center partnered with Project N95, a national clearinghouse for suppliers of PPE, to develop the website and provide easy access to the vendor list, ensuring that organizations are purchasing PPE at a reasonable cost and from a reputable and reliable vendor.

Assistant Secretary Sweeney Announces
New Policy to Ensure Expeditious Processing
of Tribal HEARTH Applications

WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney announced today a new internal policy governing how the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) processes tribal applications under the “Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act of 2012” (HEARTH Act).

The new policy, which is codified in the Indian Affairs Manual, details the process for BIA review and approval of tribes’ HEARTH regulations.  The policy covers steps BIA will take from the moment of receipt in Central Office — when the 120-day statutory timeframe for review begins — to final approval and publication in the Federal Register.  Under the policy, tribes will receive written acknowledgment of BIA’s receipt of the application within three (3) calendar days.  The written acknowledgment will also state the due date of the 120-day review period and next steps.  Tribes can then expect to hear directly from the HEARTH Act Coordinator to discuss any issues or recommendations.

Click here to read the full announcement.

Published on Indian Affairs (https://www.bia.gov)

Isleta Pueblo Housing Authority
Seeking Grant Writer

The Isleta Housing Authority is seeking for a Grant Writer for qualified and experienced persons or firms for a competitive grant application for financial assistance to fund ongoing and future development and construction projects.

Proposal Due Date: August 21, 2020, 4:30pm MST
Description: Isleta Pueblo Housing Authority
RFP – Grant Writer
Contact Person: Barbara Sanchez, Executive Director
Phone Number: 505-869-4153
Deliver or Mail to: Isleta Pueblo Housing Authority
P.O. Box 760
Isleta Pueblo, NM 87022
Attn: Barbara Sanchez

Proposals must be clearly marked “Do Not Open. RFP – Grant Writer”

The RFP may be picked up at the Isleta Pueblo Housing Authority (IPHA) office or by contacting Bernadette Lente, Administrative Assistant III at (505) 869-4153 or bernadette.lente@isletapueblo.com.

The IPHA reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and to waive the informality in the proposals received whenever such rejection or waiver is in the best interest of IPHA.


Laguna Housing Development & Management Ent.
Job Announcements – Accounting Department

Chief Financial Officer

The Chief Financial Officer protects the assets of LHDME by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. Plans, organizes, and supervises all accounting functions required to operate and maintain departmental activities and services. Ensures all accounting functions are maintained in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and government accounting standards. Prepares financial reports and forecasts as well as oversees investments of the organization.

Closing Date: August 10, 2020 – Click here for Job Announcement


Under the direction of the Chief of Operations (COO), the Controller manages the accounting, procurement/contracting, of the LHDME and Development Management Enterprise. This senior management position will oversee all financial activities of LHDME including preparation of financial reports and forecasts as well as oversee investments of the organization.

Closing Date: August 10, 2020 – Click here for Job Announcement

Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority
Job Announcement
Maintenance Mechanic


Maintenance Mechanic

Performs overall maintenance services remodel and rehabilitation work on housing managed properties. Performs installation and preventative maintenance, service, and repair on HVAC, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and structures for residential housing and buildings.

Click here for the Job Announcement.

Deadline: Until filled.

Every Native Vote Counts

Native Vote encourages American Indians and Alaska Natives to exercise their right to vote and works to protect voting rights across the country. At NativeVote.org you can join the national campaign and get involved in the effort in your community.
The areas of focus for the Native Vote campaign are:

  • Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) and registration efforts,
  • Election and voter protection awareness and advocacy
  • Voter and candidate education
  • Tribal access to data

Visit NativeVote.org for more information, resources, frequent updates, and news!

Click here for the Native Vote Infographic Brochure.

Be Counted for the 2020 Census!

Policymakers at the tribal, federal, and state level depend on data to develop policy that effectively meets the needs of Native people. To that extent, effective data collection in Indian Country is an essential need and is an important mandate for federal agencies.

Native people especially on reservations and in Alaska Native villages have been historically underrepresented in the census. Fulfilling the federal government’s trust responsibility to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes requires accurate data on tribal needs and resources.

Click here for more information.

Click here for Census 2020 website.

National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Training

HUD/NAIHC trainings are free of charge.

Tribal Development Planning Training August 11-13, 2020 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm MDT |Virtual

This virtual 3-day training will provide attendees with a comprehensive introduction to Development Planning. Participants will become familiar with all Development Planning activities, including pre-development, development, construction, and operations. Other major topics that will be covered include needs assessments, management capacity, site selection, environmental assessments, residential site plans, appraisals and budgets. This foundational course will acquaint tribal and TDHE staff with the basic requirements of Development Planning and opportunities that are available.

Event Details and Registration click here.

Environmental Review – Aug. 25-27 | Chicago, Illinois

This 3-day training provides Indian tribes (“tribes” also includes Native Alaskan villages) and other recipients of HUD’s Office of Native American Program funding–Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) with specific instructions and guidelines for carrying out their responsibilities under the environmental review process according to 24 CFR Part 58: Environmental Review Procedures for Entities Assuming HUD Environmental Responsibilities.

Event Details and Registration click here.

HUD Part 58 Environmental Review Trainings – Sep. 2-24 | Virtual

The HUD Region IX Office of Environment and Energy (OEE) offers free, live, on-line training to help “responsible entities,” public housing authorities, other HUD grantees, and consultants undertaking HUD environmental reviews gain a better understanding of federal environmental requirements and procedures. This training is designed for individuals who prepare environmental reviews pursuant to 24 CFR Part 58 for jurisdictions in Region IX.

Click here for more information.

Board of Commissioners – Sept. 9-10 | Billings, MT

This is a two-day interactive course designed to develop the Tribal Council’s knowledge of the federal rules and requirements related to accepting Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funding and familiarize attendees with the operation of the Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) and their role as the Board in this industry.

Event Details and Registration, click here.

HUD’s COVID-19 Emergency Planning Toolkit

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives and livelihoods of people everywhere, and HUD is aware that your operations, staff, and the families you serve are no exception. Life during a pandemic is new to all of us, and we adapt and adopt new ways to operate. Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) around our country are juggling operations and the implementation of evolving guidelines to help keep staff and residents healthy. As you continue to practice new ways of doing business, HUD is here to support you and your organization. HUD’s COVID-19 Emergency Planning Toolkit can assist with identifying key areas you should consider including in your own planning.

COVID-19 Quick Guide: This document provides topics of consideration and information to help you develop strategies to address the impact of the pandemic on your community and stakeholders. It includes guidance on engaging your local partners that have a role in COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery and provides you with guidance on addressing the impact this has on your staff and the people you serve.
COVID-19 Interaction Playbook for Housing Partners: This presentation highlights promising practices for safe distribution and social distancing that my team learned from your colleagues—PHAs, TDHEs, and industry groups—compliant with CDC guidelines.
COVID-19 Guidance for Housing Partners: This flyer summarizes CDC guidance and some of the promising practices for safe distribution and social distancing further discussed in the Interaction Playbook.
Coronavirus Prevention: This flyer should be shared with residents to promote CDC guidance to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Guidance on Eligible Uses for Community Development Block Grant Funds to Support COVID-19: For more information, click here.

Wildfire Season in the Southwest:  As many of you are aware, June is the start of Wildfire season in our southwest region.  HUD encourages you to prepare now and visit https://www.ready.gov/wildfires.

Office of Native American Programs
(ONAP) Notices 


Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing

HUD’s Southwest Office of Native American Programs is pleased to announce the HHP Tribal NOFA has been published. Application Due Date is Aug. 24, 2020. The purpose of the HHP program is to assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments identify and and remediate housing related health and safety hazards. This program will assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments to develop comprehensive programs to identify and remediate housing issues that contribute to health and safety issues in urban, tribal communities. Click here to view the HHP grant opportunity.

Click here to view 2020 NFOA information.

HUD Publishes Guidance to Prevent Homelessness After the Eviction Moratorium Expires

On July 24, 2020 the Eviction Moratorium provided under Section 4024 of the CARES Act expired.  In response, the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) has drafted a guidance for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) that provides suggestions on how to prevent homelessness after the Eviction Moratorium expires. While the Eviction Moratorium applied solely to units that were financed under ONAP’s Section 184 and or Title VI loan guarantee, the toolkit provides tips on how to assist families that may be struggling to pay their rent and may be at risk of homelessness.

Section 184/184A Dear Lender Letter 2020-08

The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to inform lenders and servicers of an extension to the foreclosure and related evictions moratoriums originally issued in DLL 2020-04 and extended in DLL 2020-06 for borrowers with Section 184 or Section 184A guaranteed loans for an additional period through August 31, 2020. This DLL also extends loan processing flexibilities related to appraisals, verification of employment and IRS transcripts originally issued in DLL 2020-05 and extended in DLL 2020-06 to August 31, 2020. Section 184/184A Home Loan Guarantee Resources:  Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program. For any questions about these resources, please contact the Office of Loan Guarantee at OLGINFO@hud.gov

Sample ICDBG-CARES Tribal Resolution

The Office of Native American Programs has developed a Sample Tribal Resolution for use to meet the requirements of the ICDBG-CARES Notice (Notice PIH 2020-11). The sample resolution addresses both (1) Tribal organizations that are applying on behalf of an Indian tribe, and (2) Citizen Participation.

ONAP Report Due Dates Extended

In an effort to provide some relief for Tribes impacted by COVID-19, ONAP is extending the due dates for certain reports. Click here for Calendar of Due Dates.

ONAP Environmental Updates
Modernizing CEQ’sNEPA Regulations
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published final regulation, Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, 85 Fed. Reg. 43304 (July 16, 2020). This regulatory update is the first update in 40 years and the rule goes into effect September 14, 2020. Click here for the CEQ fact sheet.

Click here for the SWONAP Weekly Info Bulletin August 10, 2020.

A Message from AMERIND
Derek Valdo, Chief Executive Officer

On behalf of all of us at AMERIND, I hope this finds you, your family and your community well.

As our world continues to react and adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, we want you to know that we anticipate no interruption to any of the services we provide to our customers.

For our members that are Housing Authorities or Tribally Designated Housing Entities, AMERIND will reimburse up to $2500 for any prevention efforts to minimize the exposure and spread of COVID-19.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We know our people’s past, and we have overcome great challenges not unlike present times. Our peoples have overcome before, and we will do so again. We are in this together!


Derek Valdo

Click here to read the full message and instructions for reimbursement.


Message from NM Indian Affairs Department Coronavirus (COVID -19) Tribal Response Plan

We’re all in this together. And we will get through this together, as one people.

You are leaders in this moment for a reason; how we collectively respond to this crisis has the potential to create security for generations to come. Now is a time to unite, to rely on one another, and to draw from the unique strengths of each of our communities. This is how our people have endured and sustained ourselves since time immemorial.


Lynn Trujillo

To download the Tribal Response Plan, click here.

To download Secretary Trujillo’s Letter, click here.

A Message from NAIHC
Tony Walters, Executive Director

NAIHC’s headquarters in Washington, DC is closed but staff are teleworking and available should you have any questions that we can assist with.

We would like to find out how COVID-19 is affecting your housing program, so please help us by taking this SHORT SURVEY.

Resources and updates:

  • Latest updates related to COVID-19 and the resources available to assist your programs: HUD ONAP’s website
  • Federal government webpages and resources: CDC’s COVID-19 website and the Indian Health Service.
  • Congress proposals to bolster national economy: NAIHC is working alongside many tribal organizations in Washington, DC, and our allies in Congress to ensure that tribes and tribal housing needs are not left out.

Click here to read the full Message.


Coronavirus (COVID -19) Guidelines

Every person can help slow down the spread of COVID-19. By doing your part, you can make a big difference to your health, and that of others around you. Circumstances are changing daily, and situations are different from Tribe to Tribe and State to State.

Precautionary steps recommended:

Stay home whenever possible
Avoid large public gatherings
Avoid all non-essential travel
Remain home (“self-isolate”) if you are sick
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily with regular household cleaners
Avoid sharing personal household items
Avoid touching your face
Wear a face mask when going to public places
Wear a mask at home if you live in a multi-generational home
Practice social distancing stay at least six feet away from other people

People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.


AMERIND Safety Poster Contest
Vote for Region VIII Finalists

Vote online at amerind.com for national winners. One final winner from each grade category will be voted to win $1,000!

Winners from Region VIII:
Grade K–3: Tie – Ivan Alcaraz, Walker River Paiute Tribe-Housing Department and Dylena Maria, Jicarilla Apache Housing Authority
Grade 4–6: Rosa Talamante, Jicarilla Apache Housing Authority
Grade 7-8: Heather Vicenti, Jicarilla Apache Housing Authority

Click here to view the Region VIII winners.

Contest has been postponed until further notice. Please check back for updates.

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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