SWTHA Business Meeting and Training
January 29-31, 2019
Isleta Resort and Casino, Albuquerque, NM

Training: Indian Housing Management 

Facilitator: Cielo Gibson

For more information, and to register, please click here.

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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!

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.

December 10-12, 2018
The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV

This annual event provides a forum to discuss regulatory and legal issues in the tribal housing arena, as well as related community development issues. Nearly 30 training sessions will be offered.

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.

HUD Invites Tribal Leaders to Participate
in a 60-day Comment Period

HUD invites tribal leaders to participate in a 60-day comment period on HUD’s draft rule to streamline environmental review regulations at 24 CFR Parts 50, 51, 55, and 58.  Please see the attached summary of the major changes being considered and explanations for those proposals. This 60-day comment period is prior to, and in addition to, the standard public comment periods associated with publishing rules in the Federal Register. There will be further opportunities to review and comment on the proposed rule when it is published in the Federal Register.  HUD invites Tribal officials to provide comments and input during a webinar and conference call on September 5 and September 26, at 2 p.m. EDT.  Please review the attachments below for more information.

If you have questions or comments, contact Marcel Tchaou in HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy at EnvironmentalPlanningDivision@hud.gov or 202.402.5226.

Dear Tribal Leader Letter Env Reg Reform 8-8-18

Summary of Proposed Change 8-8-18

Full Env Regs Redline 8-8-18

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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