Note from 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

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:

Avoid large public gatherings
Avoid all non-essential travel to affected out-of-state areas
Remain home (“self-isolate”) if you are sick
Take precautionary steps to protect your individual health:
Washing 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
Don’t panic, but be prepared

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.

  • Handwashing is your best protection against the flu, COVID-19, and other diseases.
  • Practice social distancing stay at least six feet away from other people to lessen your chances of catching COVID-19.

NM Coronavirus Hotline: 1-855-600-3453
NM for non-health related COVID-19 questions: 1-833-551-0518
Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 hotline at 1-844-542-8201

SWTHA Triannual Meeting is Cancelled
May 4, 2020 – Seattle, WA

In response to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic throughout our county, and in light of the recent directives from Federal, State, County, and Local Governments, the Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA) Board of Directors have made a decision to postpone the up-coming Tri-Annual meeting scheduled to be held in conjunction with the AMERIND/NAIHC Annual Convention in Seattle, WA.

Separately, a decision to cancel or postpone the AMERIND/NAIHC Annual Convention has not been made yet.  But, with the uncertainty of postponement or cancellation, it would be in the best interest of SWTHA to cancel its Tri-Annual Meeting.

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The meeting will be rescheduled, stay posted for updates.

ONAP Report Due Dates Extended

Applies to original due dates through June 30, 2020

In an effort to provide some relief for Tribes impacted by COVID-19, ONAP is extending the due dates for certain reports.  Effective immediately, ONAP is extending, by 90 calendar days, the original due date for the following:

  • IHBG Annual Performance Reports
  • Quarterly and Final Federal Financial Reports (SF-425) for all ONAP managed grants:
    • IHBG Formula and Competitive
    • ICDBG and ICDBG IT
    • ROSS
    • Tribal HUD VASH
  • Tribal HUD VASH Reports (HUD-50058)
  • ICDBG Closeouts and Final Status and Evaluation Reports
  • Responses to open findings for Monitoring and Audits

The 90-days extension currently applies to original due dates through June 30, 2020. If your Tribe or Tribally Designated Housing Entity has questions regarding the status of any of the above-referenced reports, please contact your Area ONAP for further direction.

HUD’s Office of Native American Programs Status and Recommended Temporary Moratorium on all Evictions and Foreclosures


Please see the Moratorium Letter from Heidi Frechette, Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD’s Native American Programs. Click here to read the letter.
Please see the Lender Letter from Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. Click here to read the letter.

Please see the Moratorium Letter from Heidi Frechette, Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD’s Native American Programs. Click here to read the letter.
Please see the Lender Letter from Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. Click here to read the letter.

CARES Act Call with Tribal Leaders
April 9, 2020 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. The Department of Treasury announced today through a Dear Tribal Leader Letter from the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs that they will be holding at least two Tribal Leader Consultations to determine how to distribute $8 billion in funds set aside for tribal governments and tribal entities in the Coronavirus Relief Fund within The CARES Act.

In addition to attending these Consultations, Tribal Leaders are encouraged to provide their input in writing no later than April 13 by emailing and

Click here for the Resources for Indian Tribes and Native Communities in the CARES Act prepared by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Click here for the Resources for Indian Tribes and Native Communities in the CARES Act prepared by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

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.
  • NAIHC Trainings: Working to reschedule our trainings and on-site Technical Assistance as necessary, we have yet not postponed our Annual Convention, currently scheduled for May 5-7. If the event is canceled or postponed, we will offer full refunds to anyone who has registered.
  • 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.


HUD Guidance on Eligible Uses for Community Development Block Grant Funds to Support COVID-19

HUD recently posted a guide on eligible uses for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support coronavirus (COVID-19) responses. The guide is a quick reference tool for grantees, such as Tribes and TDHEs, to use when contemplating how to address the effects of COVID-19 in their communities. While the language in the guide specifically references CDBG, ICDBG has the same eligible activities, and therefore the guide can be considered applicable for both programs. Use the link below to view more information.

For more information, click here.

In an effort to know what is happening from Tribe to Tribe, we ask that you please send us updates of your Tribe’s current situation, such as; if your staff is working from home, if you have closed offices, or if you have a travel ban in place, etc.  Any information that you feel HUD should be aware of, please let us know.
Please send any updates to your Grants Management Specialist. Your assigned Specialist may be found at

Annual Convention & Tradeshow
May 5 – 7, 2020 – Seattle, WA
Continuing As Planned

NAIHC and AMERIND are concerned for the safety of our members, their families and all travelers. As such, we are taking precautions to ensure the health of event participants and is working with our host hotel in Seattle to follow all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local public health authorities.

However, as there are no official travel advisories or restrictions with domestic travel within the United States, both NAIHC and AMERIND are continuing preparations for our Annual Convention as planned. We are watching the news closely, and if necessary, may update our event as necessary to further ensure the safety of our attendees and their communities.

We will extend the deadline for full refunds for cancelled registrations from March 13 to March 31.

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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.

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Region VIII AMERIND Scholarships Applications Now Available

The Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (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 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.

Click here for more information.

AMERIND Safety Poster Contest
Vote for Region VIII Finalists

Please help by voting for Region VIII (or your favorite Safety Poster) for national final winner.

One final winner from each grade category will  be voted by the national public, on the AMERIND Risk website, 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.

Deadline Dates:

  • 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.

Vote Soon at

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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