Thank you for a Successful SWTHA Triannual Meeting
May 10, 2022

Thank you to those who helped make the SWTHA Triannual Meeting a success!
Reports
NAIHC: Tony Walters, NAIHC Executive Director
AMERIND: Robert Dahl, AMERIND COO (Click here for PPT)
HUD: Gary Cooper, ONAP Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary (Click here for PPT)
SWTHA Financial Report: Rhoda Eustace, SWTHA Secretary/Treasurer
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Elections – Congratulations to the newly elected!
Vice President – Greta Armijo (Pueblo of Jemez Housing Authority)
Region VIII AMERIND Representative – Floyd Tortalita (Pueblo of Jemez Housing Authority)
Region VIII AMERIND Alternate Representative – Veronica Ruiz (Ysleta Del Sur Housing)
New Mexico Representative – Jamie Navenma (Laguna Housing Development & Management Enterprise

Click here for a complete list of SWTHA Board and Representatives.

Fannie Mae’s Disaster Response Network (DRN)

Fannie Mae is committed to assisting homeowners and communities affected by disasters. We can help you navigate the challenging disaster recovery process with resources like our Disaster Response Network. Anyone can call the DRN, renters or homeowners, and they do not need to have a direct tie to a Fannie Mae property or loan. Fannie Mae’s Disaster Response Network™ offers free support for eligible homeowners from HUD-approved housing advisors, including:

  • Personalized recovery assessment and action plan
  • Assistance filing claims (i.e., FEMA, insurance, and Small Business Administration)
  • Help working with your mortgage servicer on payment relief options
  • Access to Clearpoint’s* Project Porchlight Online and its tools and resources
  • Ongoing check-ins to help ensure a successful recovery

CALL 877-833-1746 to access the Disaster Response Network or other available resources. People impacted by a disaster may also
receive help from:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): www.hud.gov
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): www.disasterassistance.gov
  • American Red Cross: 1-800-733-2767

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AMERIND | NAIHC Annual Convention & Tradeshow 

Seattle, Washington
May 16-19, 2022
Please join AMERIND and the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) in Seattle, Washington on May 16-19, 2022 for the Annual Convention & Tradeshow.  AMERIND | NAIHC are expecting over 800 tribal leaders, housing professionals, and private and public sector partners to attend this year’s Annual Convention & Tradeshow. Over the three days, convention attendees will hear from local speakers, Congressional and federal agency officials, panel discussions that highlight tribal housing programs, and access over 70 breakout sessions as well as special events like a golf tournament and local service project.
 
Click here for more information and to register.
Election for the position of Chairman for AMERIND Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Please click here for the Ballot and Proxy.

2022 Region VIII
SWTHA  Scholarship Closed

 

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

The application deadline has passed. Any questions, email swtha.region8@gmail.com.

The recipients of the SWTHA Scholarship will be announced soon. They will also be posted here, check back soon!

2022 Safety Poster Contest
Region VIII – Finalists
AMERIND National Voting

Below are the SWTHA Region VIII Winners from the AMERIND Safety Poster Contest. Aolani Navemna, Hopi, Grade 3 and Ky Poola, Hopi, Grade 6. Please support them by visiting amerind.com and voting for your favorite posters!
  • April 2022 – National online voting at amerind.com. One winner from each category is selected.
  • May 2022 – Winners announced at AMERIND Annual Meeting

       

SWTHA 2022 Membership for Region VIII
Tribal Housing Departments

Also Associate Membership Opportunities for Organizations Who Support Tribal Housing

All Region VIII Tribal Housing Departments, (AZ, NM, and West Texas) are invited to join or continue to support SWTHA through a membership as we work to strengthen our voice for Native families. If you are interested in Tribal Housing Departments – Region VIII Membership Information or Renewal Documents, please click here.

SWTHA also offers Associate Membership for Organizations seeking to support tribal housing, and/or provide products or services to the member tribal housing programs. Associate Members consist of public interest groups, businesses, suppliers, commercial vendors, service providers, and Federal and state recognized tribes and government housing agencies not eligible for voting membership. For more information, check out the Associate Member Page at swtha.org.

Please email swtha.region8@gmail.com if you have any questions.

SWTHA’s mission is “To be the voice for Tribal housing by providing relevant, timely information, resources, and a valuable network for the SWTHA membership”.

Thank you for your continued support and participation!

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

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The next monthly meeting will be June 14, 2022. Check back for the June speaker.

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Previous Meetings

April 12, 2022: Guest Speaker – Kevin Klingbell, Managing Director of Big Water Consulting

Kevin discussed the Continuum of Care Program (CoC), recent legislative changes that make Tribes eligible to participate in it, and the ways in which homelessness manifests itself in Indian Country and the challenges that particular reality presents for programs like CoC. For the PPT Presentation, please click here.

March 8, 2022: Guest Speaker – Adam Rose, Travois Director of Partnerships and Growth

 

Adam discussed how New Markets Tax Credits can help cover 20-30% of your community’s health facility, clinic, treatment center, infrastructure, school, or admin facility.  He provided some ideas about positioning your project to be able to access this resource (that doesn’t have to be repaid) when allocations are made by the Treasury Department later this year.

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 swtha.region8@gmail.com.

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Previous guest speaker information and hand outs can be viewed here.

 HUD/ONAP and NAIHC
Training and News

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News:

Training and Webinars:

  • NAIHC Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities – NAIHC offers a variety of training options specific to the needs of the Indian housing industry. NAIHC provides both on- and off-site technical assistance free of charge at the request of any tribe or tribal housing entity who receives Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funding under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-determination Act (NAHASDA). For more information click here.
  • Strategic Planning Training
    • (Part 1), Virtual Training – May 23-24, 2022, 9:00am-1:00pm, PT. Participants at this 4-day training will receive step-by-step instruction on how to successfully manage a strategic planning process. The trainers will walk-through the best practices, processes, and procedures of developing and implementing a Strategic Housing Plan. For more information and to register, click here.
    • (Part 2), Virtual Training – June 2-3, 2022, 9:00am-1:00pm, PT. For more information and to register, click here.
  • IHBG ARP Project Implementation, Virtual Training – May 24, 2022, 11:00am-5:00pm CT.
    Participants will increase their knowledge about IHBG ARP implementation. Participants will be able to implement projects/programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID. For more information and to register, click here.
  • Basic Financial Management & Audit Preparation for Small Tribes, Virtual Training – May 24-27, 2022, 8:30am-4:30pm, AKST. The training will deliver highlights of best practices to ensure that the management and accounting of the NAHASDA funds are being observed and practiced in accordance with the regulations. For more information and to register, click here.
  • Executive Director Training (virtual), June 1-2, 2022, 8:00am -2:00pm, PT. The training will cover the key roles and responsibilities of Executive Directors of TDHEs or Tribal housing departments on the day-to-day management and oversight of the NAHASDA funded programs and key elements of compliance. For more information and to register, click here.
  • Program Income Training (virtual), June 7-8, 2022, 10:30am – 2:00pm, PT. The training will provide an overview of program income. The training will discuss sources of program income and how to calculate it. Participants will learn how to appropriately spend and report program income. For more information and to register, click here.
  • Tribal HUD VASH Essentials Training (virtual), June 14, 2022, 9:00am – 1:00pm, PT. Step-by-step instruction on how to successfully administer and manage a Tribal HUD-VASH program. The trainer will give an overview of the Tribal HUD-VASH program, how it works, who is eligible, and key regulations and guidance. For more information and to register, click here.
  • Basic Financial Management & Audit Preparation Training (virtual), June 21-23, 2022, 9:00am-4:00pm, PT. Training will provide an orientation to basic standards of accounting and GAAP, financial statements, and accounting transactions in a typical small Tribe/TDHE, and implementation of a strong financial management system and related internal controls in order to comply with the general provisions of 2 CFR Part 200.302. For more information and to register, click here.

Click here for all ONAP Training and Webinar opportunities.

Job Announcements:

Information: (Click on links below)

 

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Notice of Funding Opportunities


 

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) – An initiative designed to address systemic responses to youth homelessness and significantly reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. See the Press Release. The YHDP NOFO is posted on HUD’s website. Additional information related to the NOFO is posted on the YHDP page on HUD’s website. View the YHDP NOFO. Submission Deadline: June 28, 2022.

EDA’s Indigenous Communities Program U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers funding specifically for Indigenous communities to develop and execute economic development projects to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future. Application Deadline: 9/30/22

EDA’s Indigenous Communities Program – Application Deadline: Rolling, see website
U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers American Rescue Plan funding specifically for Indigenous Communities to develop and execute economic development projects to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future.

EDA American Rescue Plan Funding Programs – Application Deadlines: Please check the website
U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers grants to support a wide array of programs supporting community-led economic development to accelerate economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies benefiting underserved communities, including Indigenous communities and rural areas.

Travois Free Webinars

Travois hosts free webinars featuring a variety of affordable housing and economic development topics. Our experts provide in-depth instruction on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program​​ and share innovative practices in planning, securing financing, architectural design, construction monitoring, asset management and compliance and more. Our instruction is focused to those working in housing, community or economic development and who serve American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian communities.

  • Designing, planning and financing community facilities in Indian Country | Tuesday, June 28, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
    • Building communities takes more than just providing housing. Join our session to learn about how you can add facilities and amenities to enhance your community. We’ll share examples of community centers, recreation centers, parks and outdoor features. We’ll also discuss financing strategies to help make these important amenities happen.

For more information and to register, click here.

Arizona Economic Recovery Center
Offers FREE Grant Assistance To AZ Tribes 

An initiative of Local First Arizona, The Arizona Economic Recovery Center aims to enable more qualified Arizona cities, towns, counties, tribal communities, and nonprofits to win competitive federal, state, and foundation grants. The center serves communities statewide by:

  • Researching and simplifying grants and stimulus opportunities
  • Identifying funding sources for large and small projects
  • Connecting funding sources to communities in need of funding
  • Providing the capacity for grant writing, facilitation, and project management to ensure success rates for qualifying communities and nonprofits.

This service is a completely free resource serving Arizona communities statewide. Click here for the flyer. You can find additional information at their website: https://localfirstaz.com/economic-recovery-center

Enterprise Community Partners Seeking
Director, Native American Housing

Enterprise is a national nonprofit that exists to make a good home possible for the millions of families without one. We support community development organizations on the ground, aggregate and invest capital for impact, advance housing policy at every level of government, and build and manage communities ourselves. Since 1982, we have invested $54 billion and created 873,000 homes across all 50 states – all to make home and community places of pride, power and belonging.

Enterprise is seeking a Native American Housing Director to join our Rocky Mountain, Tribal Nation, and Rural team. The ideal candidate will be a skilled program developer and leader, with experience in affordable housing financing sources and providing technical assistance to expand housing options in Indian Country.

This position will report to the Vice President, Rocky Mountain, Tribal Nations, and Rural Market, Denver, CO. The Rocky Mountain, Tribal Nations, and Rural Market strives to provide safe affordable green housing for rural communities and/or Native American communities across the country. The Director is responsible for creating and managing affordable housing and community development activities in support of Native American communities and organizations through technical assistance to Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs), Tribal Housing Authorities (THAs) Tribal Housing Departments, community-based organizations, Native CDFIs and public sector partners, leveraging public and private resources including Enterprise grants, loans and equity products.

Click here for Job Announcement.

San Carlos Housing Authority
Job Opportunities

Development Manager

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Development Manager, performs oversight, supervision, and management relating to the design, construction, of the San Carlos Housing Authority’s new development; a variety of skilled tasks of average or greater difficulty, involving various aspects of monitoring, coordination and scheduling related to development and construction projects; assists in a variety of departmental operations; performs special projects and assignments, provides field and administrative oversight for all phases of construction projects, including coordination of contractors, sub-contractors and other contracted staff, materials; equipment and safety practices; ensures compliance with project specifications; verifies that quality control standards are maintained, and that work is accomplished within time and budget constraints; and other duties as directed. Click here for Job Announcement. Position is open until May 19, 2022.

Procurement Clerk

Works under the direct supervision of the Finance Manager, the Procurement Clerk will prepare, review, negotiate, and administer contracts and purchase orders. Click here for Job Announcement. Position is open until May 19, 2022.

Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority
Seeking Financial Officer

The Financial Officer is responsible for the efficient direction and evaluation of the Finance Department of the Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority (SDTHA), consistent with applicable SDTHA policies and Federal requirements. Finance Officer will be responsible for financial reporting of tax credit projects under management. Responsible for ensuring the coordination and completion of all phases of financial issues of the SDTHA which include general ledger, year-end closing, monthly balancing, equity accounts, investments, and completion of financial documentation and reports.

Click here for Job Announcement. Position is open until filled.

Shape, logo Description automatically generatedPueblo of Jemez
Seeking Finance Manager

The Pueblo of Jemez Housing Authority (POJHA) is currently seeking applicants for its Finance Manager position. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Finance Manager supports the POJHA’s strategic and operational objectives in the following ways: provides professional-level accounting; performs financial and administrative services to ensure programs can provide high quality services; and assist in promoting a higher degree of confidence in POJHA’s operations by its funders, regulatory partners, auditors, and the public.

Click here for Job Announcement. Open until filled. Please contact the POJHA office at 575-834-0305 for more information, or by email at jobs@pojha.org.

Pueblo of Tesuque
Seeking Housing Director

The Housing Director will be responsible for re-establishing the Pueblo’s Housing Department and managing all aspects of the department by planning organizing, and supervising all functions required to operate and maintain program activities. The Director must work to ensure safe and sanitary living conditions for tribal members. Please click here for more information.

Taos Pueblo Housing Authority
Job Openings

 

Construction Crew Member: Performs a variety of tasks in the field of construction under the supervision of the Project manager, including renovation and repair of existing housing structures. Performs residential renovation/rehabilitation projects and new construction.  Follows specific instructions as outlined by the supervisor and applies standard measurements, specifications and instructions, or reads blueprints, diagrams, sketches and other written or verbal instructions. Knowledge of maintenance and use of construction power and hand tools. Knowledge of building codes. High School Diploma or GED required.  Construction related education and three (3) years residential construction experience preferred.

Housing Services Manager DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Manages and coordinates housing programs and resources. Provides outreach and assistance to persons applying to receive services. Coordinates the processing of all applications to ensure eligibility and maintain waiting lists. Collects and verifies applicant information for eligibility review and processing for housing programs following HUD/NAHASDA policies and procedures. Maintains appropriate file maintenance of all requested and administered housing program services. Monitors and reviews home buyers accounts. Performs accounts receivable and accounts payable functions for applicant accounts. Works with accountant on staff payroll. Must participate in training provided annually to maintain program requirement updates. Two+ years Bookkeeping/Business management experience a plus. Associates/Bachelors degree in Office management or Business related field preferred.

Please contact the Taos Pueblo Housing for more information.  For application process, please contact the Human Resources Dept. @ (575) 758-8626 Xt. 124.

AMERIND News and Information

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AMERIND Safety Poster Contest
Vote for FINAL National Winners at amerind.com, April 2022.

2022 AMERIND Risk | NAIHC Annual Convention & Tradeshow
The Westin Seattle , Seattle, WA, May 17 – 19, 2022

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.

AMERIND Safety Brochure

Safety Resources

Firewise Poster
How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfire

Covid-19 Checklist
Checklist for Reopening the workplace

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

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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