Thank you for a Successful
SWTHA Business Meeting!

June 16, 2021

Thank you to those that attended, to the speakers, and to NAIHC for sponsoring the training!

Speakers :

  • NAIHC Report ~ Tony Walters, NAIHC Executive Director
  • AMERIND Report ~ Derek Valdo, AMERIND CEO
  • HUD Report ~ Cheryl Dixon Zuni, HUD-SWONAP Deputy Administrator and Jody Moses, SWONAP Administrator
  • SWTHA Financial Report ~ Rhoda Eustice, SWTHA Secretary/Treasurer
  • NAIHC Training ~ Emergency Rental Assistance Program: David Heisterkamp II and Jim Wagenlander, Attorneys at Wagenlander & Heisterkamp, LLC.
  • Presentation ~ Tribal Housing Excellence Academy: Eileen R. Piekarz, RCAC Housing Rural Development Specialist

Click here to review documents from the meeting.

Check back for more information on next meeting in October.

SWTHA Monthly Zoom Meetings
2nd Tuesday of Each Month
1:00pm – 2:00pm MDT

July 13, 2021 Guest Speaker:

US Treasury looks to control innovation – FinTech FuturesDiscussion on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Don’t miss this important discussion! David Heisterkamp II, Attorney at Wagenlander & Heisterkamp, LLC., will continue the conversation regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA). There are many questions regarding the subject, please submit your questions to

Documents to review regarding ERA:


Previous Guest Speakers:

Meeting June 8, 2021:

Juel Burnette, Branch Manager, 1st Tribal Lending, discussed HUD 184 lending. 1st Tribal Lending is a Mortgage Lender focusing on home ownership for Tribes, TDHE’s, and Tribal members nationwide, specializing in the HUD 184 home loan program. View the Power Point, click here.


Meeting May 11, 2021:

Lorna Fogg, Vice President, Finance & Development, from RT Hawk Housing, discussed Leveraging the Stimulus Money to Build/Rehab More Units. There is a lot of money being distributed with the stimulus relief. A good leveraging plan can allow the funds to go further and construct, acquire, rehab more units and/or community amenities. View the Power Point, click here.


Meeting April 13, 2021:

Haile Elizondo and James Gutierrez of Housing Data Systems presented Doorways. The Tenant Portal can communicate with and receive payments from your tenants in a remote environment. FileRoom Document Management has expanded the current document management capabilities so that the system can be used as a file archive.

SWTHA will continue to provide the most current information through guest speakers at the monthly meetings, all members are welcome to join. If you would like to speak at one of the monthly meetings, or you have any questions, please email

2021 Scholarship
Congratulations to Recipients!

The Southwest Tribal Housing Alliance (SWTHA) provides educational scholarship grants for Region VIII (Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas) funded under the AMERIND’s Annual Scholarship Program.

The recipients of the 2021 SWTHA Scholarship Fund were announced at the SWTHA Triannual Meeting on June 16, 2021. We are pleased to share the names of the recipients, they are as follows:

  • Jemez Pueblo: Kalainia Waquie
  • Jicarilla Apache: Kierston Vicenti
  • Mescalero Apache: Tunte Baca, Brynn Martinez, Joseph Foy, Ethan Gallerito, Antanaya Mendez, George Rocha, Madisyn Yuzos
  • Navajo Nation: Samantha Kazhe
  • Pueblo of Isleta: Keanna Lucereo

Click here for more information.

Congratulations and best wishes for your future success!

Tamaya Housing Inc.
Request for Proposals (RFP)
Environmental Review

The Tamaya Housing Inc. (THI) is soliciting RFPs from qualified and competent individuals or firms for professional environmental review services on its proposed Eagle Estates Subdivision Two site consisting of thirteen (13) lots, and approximately three (3) additional scattered sites, on the Pueblo of Santa Ana.

A copy of the RFP may be obtained by contacting Executive Director, Keith Pike at (505) 771-2060 or at

Click here for the Notice of RFP.

Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority
Job Announcements

 Tenant Services Representative – ERA/COVID: Under the supervision the Tenant Services Manager, the Tenant Services Representative is responsible for processing applicants to low income programs offered by SDTHA including the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, Healthy Homes Production Grant, and COVID related projects, following applicable SDTHA policies, Program Requirements, Tribal Ordinances and Federal requirements in order to meet the Mission Statement. Also performs other duties as assigned. Click here for the Job Announcement.  Deadline: Until filled.

Accountant: Under the supervision of the Finance Officer,the Accountant will assist with the accounting and compliance of the grant construction projects. This work includes purchases and procurement in compliance with applicable regulations. In addition, the Accountant may assist with project accounts payable, subcontractor monitoring and payments, payroll including certified payroll review and processing, project costing and other financial records or requirements. Accountant will assure compliance with project specific requirements for all funding sources including any necessary reporting. Click here for the Job Announcement.  Deadline: Until filled.

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.

Click here for SDTHA Employment Application.

AMERIND News and Information



AMERIND Poster Contest
National voting available June 2021 at

Careers at AMERIND
AMERIND is searching for exceptional individuals interested in the success of our mission and the well-being of their client base. To find a list of current open positions, please click here.

Free online COVID-19 Safety Training!
Please call an AMERIND Safety Team member at 505-404-5000 to schedule.

Firewise Poster
How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfire

Covid-19 Checklist
Checklist for Reopening the workplace

Training and News



Management Maintenance Training: July 27-28, 2021, 9:00am – 4:00pm MT.

Participants at this 2-day interactive training will receive instruction based on real-life examples on how to successfully operate an effective maintenance program. The training will discuss budgeting and oversight, policies, staff roles in carrying out a range of maintenance activities, work order systems, preventative maintenance, unit turn-around, health & safety violations, homeowner maintenance, and team safety. The training will also focus on property management as part of a maintenance program and how it can support the longevity of housing stock.

Click here for information and registration.

Conveyance Process Virtual Training: August 4-5, 2021, 11:00am-4:00pm ET

Conveyance training is to assist Housing Authorities in completing the proper steps to convey units as the are paid off. The class will help staff understand their roles and responsibilities in transferring the unit as well as helping the homeowners understand their new responsibilities.

Click here for information and registration.

Self-Monitoring Virtual Training: September 1-2, 2021, 11:00am-5:00pm ET

The training will cover the requirements for NAHASDA’s annual compliance assessment required by NAHASDA grant recipients through the mechanism of self-monitoring. The training will highlight 12 key program functions for annual review by grant recipients.

Click here for information and registration.

Housing Policy Virtual Training: September 28-30, 2021, 11:00am-5:00pm ET

The Housing Policy will cover policy components, the purpose of policies, writing policies, and components of an A&O policy. Participants should refer to copies of their own Admissions and Occupancy policies so that they can practice applying them to the activities presented during this course.

Click here for information and registration.

NAHASDA Intermediate Virtual Training: September 21-23, 2021, 8:30am – 4:30pm AKST

This interactive three (3) day online NAHASDA Intermediate training is the next step to a more comprehensive understanding of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA). Participants will be equipped with valuable tools such as the latest regulations, program guidance, and PIH Notices to manage their programs successfully. Topics to be included, but not limited to; Overview of NAHASDA; Development and TCD; Operating Budgets; Useful Life; Leveraging and Management Capacity; and more.

Click here for information and registration.

News and Information (Click on links below)

Click here for Training Opportunities

HSD settles with two more behavioral health providers | The NM Political Report Covid-19 Counseling
and Support Services

The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD), Behavioral Health Services Division (BHSD) is working with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide crisis counseling services to individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19. We  encourage Native Americans to access this free, confidential, and anonymous COVID-19 Counseling and Support Services at 505-954-1057 (hotline). When individuals call the hotline, they can expect access to individual crisis counseling, group crisis counseling, brief educational and supportive contact, referral and resource linkage(s), and community networking and support.
It’s Free, Anonymous, and Confidential

Scholarship Opportunities

Travois Tribal Scholarship Program

In partnership with the American Indian College Fund, Travois established the Travois Tribal Scholarship Program to support 10 tribal college students in 2021. The $25,000 scholarship program will support eight students pursuing careers in affordable housing and economic development and two students pursuing an arts degree. Scholarship application information will be available in early 2021 through the College Fund. Click here for more information.

Aaron Robert Dailey Scholarship – The Tibien (Elk Mountain) College Fund

In honoring the memory of Aaron Robert Dailey, the Tibien College Fund will award one $1000 scholarship for school year 2021-2022 to a college-bound or college student. Criteria: Students eligible to apply for the Scholarship are graduating high school seniors or persons who graduated from high school within the last 4 years from the date of application, who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe in New Mexico or California, and pursuing a college degree. Consideration will be given to academic achievement and the student’s community service record. Students should submit a scholarship application. Deadline August 3, 2021. Click here for more information.

Other sources for American Indian Scholarships:

Healthy Housing for Native Communities
The Role of Architecture in Fighting COVID-19

The guest speaker at the SWTHA August meeting was Joseph Kunkel, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and the Director of MASS Design Groups’ Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab in Santa Fe.  Model of Architecture Serving Society (MASS) is a non-profit company whose mission is to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity. Joseph shared their latest document, “Healthy Housing for Native Communities”, which provides short-term design strategies and long-range design planning opportunities to help existing buildings better protect their residents during COVID-19 and beyond.
You can also read the article, “Overcrowding and lack of housing heighten the dangers posed by COVID-19”, written by Joseph and posted on The Aspen Institute website.

Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority
To Build New 30-unit
Multifamily Development

The Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority (PAHA) will build a $7.5 million multifamily development on the Acoma Indian Reservation in Pueblo of Acoma, N.M. The new development will include 30 housing units, a community building and an outdoor recreation area for its community members.

“The Low Income Housing Tax Credit allowed us to create a development that will increase opportunity and strengthen the social and economic health of our community,” said Floyd Tortalita, executive director of PAHA. “We are happy to announce that new homes and amenities are coming to Pueblo of Acoma.”

Read the full Press Release here.

Photo of HomesTOKA Homes #3 honored with Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award

TOKA Homes #3 is a 2020 recipient of the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award (Edson Awards) in the Rural category. Administered by the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, the Edson Awards recognize affordable housing developments and organizations that have demonstrated especially impactful use of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

Developed by Tohono O’odham Ki:Ki Association, TOKA Homes III provides 38 new affordable homes in the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation in Tucson, AZ. To make this development possible, LIHTCs were awarded by the Arizona Department of Housing, resulting in $8.7 million provided by American Express and syndicated by Red Stone Equity Partners. Travois served as the consultant and architect and Kappcon served as the general contractor.

Master-Planned Community Coming to Pascua Yaqui Reservation

The Pascua Yaqui Housing Division endeavors to provide all Tribal members the opportunity to have an affordable and safe home to enhance the economic stability of the Tribe and its members.

The  tribes first master-planned community coming to its reservation southwest of Tucson means more than just housing. Dubbed Yaqui Square, it’s an economic vision for a sustainable and thriving community.

The Tribe’s housing department is putting a $19.5 million grant from the Arizona Department of Housing Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program to develop phase one of a master-planned community: Itom Pohco’oria Kari’m (Our Desert Homes), featuring 50-single family, mixed-income homes with two-, three- and four-bedroom models. The modern, smart-homes will offer solar capability.

You can read the full story from Native Business Magazine, click here.

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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