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.

December 9 – 10, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

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

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.

Hopi Tribal Housing Authority
Request for Proposals (RFP)
Legal Services

The Hopi Tribal Housing Authority (HTHA) is seeking proposals for an Attorney to provide legal services and representation for a term not to exceed one year from the date of a contract execution.  The position involves providing comprehensive legal advice and representation on Native American Indian housing issues and related area as directed by the HTHA Board of Commissioners and Executive Director.

Qualified firms are invited to respond by submitting, in person or mail, one original and three copies of the proposal to the HTHA by 3:00 p.m. Arizona Time on November 20, 2019. This Request for Proposal is open to both Indian and non-Indian firms.

Click here for more information.

Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority
Job Announcements
Executive Director and Maintenance Technician

Executive Director: Administer, direct, and coordinate all administrative, financial, operational, and management activities  of the Santo Domingo  Tribal Housing Authority (SDTHA).

Maintenance Technician: Organize, facilitate, and coordinate among various SDTHA programs and SDTHA tenants and homeowners activities concerning housing maintenance.

Click here to download Job Announcement.

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.

 Pathways Home
Nov. 18-22 in Spokane, WA
Participants will learn how to deliver a comprehensive homebuyer education program designed to help educate prospective native homebuyers on how to become successful homeowners.
Event Details and Registration, click here:

Basic Financial Management
Dec. 4-5 in Sacramento, CA
This course covers the basic administrative requirements that pertain to the use of Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds distributed to tribes and tribal housing programs in accordance with the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA).
Event Details and Registration, click here.

Click here for more detailed information on all trainings.

HUD’s Office of Native American Programs
National Crime Prevention Summit
Denver, Colorado
February 4 – 6, 2020

Save the date!

Tuesday, February 4 – Thursday, February 6, 2020
This Summit will offer a forum for tribal leaders and federal agencies to discuss methamphetamine prevalence, opioid addiction, violence against women, and gang violence. Discussion of these topics will aid tribal leaders to come up with unified efforts for their community to combat these crimes. Participants will learn about how these topics affect housing and the greater tribal community. Information on available funding sources and ideas for implementing policies to prevent and address these crimes will be shared. Tribal leaders, housing department executives, housing authority leaders, and interested tribal community members are encouraged to participate in this event. This summit will fill up quickly, so please be sure to register and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Click here for more information.

20th Annual Travois
Indian Country Affordable Housing
and Economic Development Conference

Save the date!

March 31 – April 2, 2020
San Antonio, TX

This one-of-a-kind educational conference provides help for tribal entities interested in securing funds for affordable housing and economic developments in Native communities. We share tips and tools for using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program and other financing sources like impact investments, grants and more. These two federal tax credit programs have directly led to more than $1.4 billion of new and rehabilitated homes, businesses and services in Indian Country.

Travois staff, experienced tribal developers and industry partners will share best practices on how to move developments forward — planning, securing financing, architectural design, construction monitoring, asset management and compliance and more.

Outstanding industry professionals who are making a difference in Native communities will be recognized at the Superhero Awards ceremony, and we will celebrate Travois 25th anniversary!

Registration will open this winter. Save the date and join us in San Antonio!

Questions? Contact comm@travois.com or call 816-994-8970.

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.

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.

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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