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

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.


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.


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
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.


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: 1-844-542-8201

USDA COVID-19 Rural Resource Guide

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

HUD COVID-19 Resources and Fact Sheet

HUD ONAP COVID-19 FAQ (6/1/2020)

NAFOA COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • Click here for COVID-19 Poster
  • Click here for Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
  • Click here for Tribal Resources

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.

ONAP Free Virtual Trainings and Webinar

Webinar – Consumer Protection for Native Americans in the Age of COVID-19
May 28, 2020 | 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm CDT

Speakers from FDIC, HUD and Native Bank On ONAC will address the following topics: safety of insured deposits, safe accounts and account access, prioritizing bill payments when funds are limited, protecting one’s credit score, and HUD 184 mortgage forbearance.

Click here to register.

Indian Housing Plan (IHP) and an Annual Performance Report (APR)
June 2-3, 2020 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time

Participants will receive step-by-step instruction on how to successfully complete the combined, automated IHP/APR form. The trainer will provide a walk-through of EPIC, the system for submitting the IHP/APR. Participants will also receive guidance on the development, planning, and reporting processes and requirements. All grantees are encouraged to attend this training.

Registration for this training is FREE, but you must register to attend. Click here for the flyer and here to register.

Housing Admissions and Occupancy
June 16-18, 2020 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time

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. Training topics will include eligibility, wait lists, rent calculations, collections, inspections, and lease compliance. Discussions will be held on how Admissions and Occupancy staff may need to collaborate with maintenance on tasks such as work-order processing, unit turnaround, and tenant education on the basic maintenance of the unit.

Registration for this training is FREE, but you must register to attend. Click here for the flyer and here to register.

Click here for the SWONAP Weekly Info Bulletin May 11, 2020.

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. Click here for Calendar of Due Dates.

HUD Updates

 ICDBG CARES Act Implementation Notice – PIH Notice 2020-11

On May 15, 2020, HUD ONAP issued an Implementation Notice to provide Tribes with instructions on how to apply for Indian Community Block Grant (ICDBG) Imminent Threat funding provided under the CARES Act. ONAP will begin accepting applications on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT. Click here to view the PIH Notice. 

Dear Lender Letter Regarding HUD’s Section 184 and 184A Programs

On May 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH), Assistant Secretary, Hunter Kurtz, issued Dear Lender Letter 2020-06 (DLL). This DLL provides guidance on Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee program (Section 184) and Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee program (Section 184A) loss mitigation options, provides further clarification of the eviction moratorium under Section 4024 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act); extends the foreclosure moratorium under the CARES Act; and extends loan processing related flexibilities. The provisions listed in this letter are effective immediately.  Click here for The DLL.

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.

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. For more information, click here.

Keep HUD Posted

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 by clicking here.

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.

Deadline to submit application is July 10, 2020. Click here for more information.

AMERIND Safety Poster Contest
Vote for Region VIII Finalists

Vote online at 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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