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

HUD/NAIHC Training

Developing & Financing Infrastructure – July 14-16 | Virtual Training

Infrastructure is the backbone of any community and is necessary for everything from housing to business development to schools. However, financing infrastructure rarely comes from a single source. It can take a complex array of source to develop water/sewer, roads, and utilities. Timing funding with the phases of development is critical. This workshop will demystify infrastructure development and funding and identify different strategies for accessing resources.

Event Details and Registration, click here.

Tribal Council Roles & Responsibilities – July 15-16 | Virtual Training

This is a two-day interactive course designed to develop the Tribal Council’s knowledge of the federal rules and requirements related to accepting Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funding and familiarize attendees with the operation of the Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) and their role as the Council in this industry.

Event Details and Registration click here.

Environmental Review – Aug. 25-27 | Chicago, Illinois

This 3-day training provides Indian tribes (“tribes” also includes Native Alaskan villages) and other recipients of HUD’s Office of Native American Program funding–Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) with specific instructions and guidelines for carrying out their responsibilities under the environmental review process according to 24 CFR Part 58: Environmental Review Procedures for Entities Assuming HUD Environmental Responsibilities.

Event Details and Registration click here.

Board of Commissioners – Sept. 9-10 | Billings, MT

This is a two-day interactive course designed to develop the Tribal Council’s knowledge of the federal rules and requirements related to accepting Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funding and familiarize attendees with the operation of the Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) and their role as the Board in this industry.

Event Details and Registration, click here.

Every Native Vote Counts

Native Vote encourages American Indians and Alaska Natives to exercise their right to vote and works to protect voting rights across the country. At you can join the national campaign and get involved in the effort in your community.
The areas of focus for the Native Vote campaign are:

  • Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) and registration efforts,
  • Election and voter protection awareness and advocacy
  • Voter and candidate education
  • Tribal access to data

Visit for more information, resources, frequent updates, and news!

Click here for the Native Vote Infographic Brochure.

Be Counted for the 2020 Census!

Policymakers at the tribal, federal, and state level depend on data to develop policy that effectively meets the needs of Native people. To that extent, effective data collection in Indian Country is an essential need and is an important mandate for federal agencies.

Native people especially on reservations and in Alaska Native villages have been historically underrepresented in the census. Fulfilling the federal government’s trust responsibility to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes requires accurate data on tribal needs and resources.

Click here for more information.

Click here for Census 2020 website.

HUD’s COVID-19 Emergency Planning Toolkit

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives and livelihoods of people everywhere, and HUD is aware that your operations, staff, and the families you serve are no exception. Life during a pandemic is new to all of us, and we adapt and adopt new ways to operate. Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) around our country are juggling operations and the implementation of evolving guidelines to help keep staff and residents healthy. As you continue to practice new ways of doing business, HUD is here to support you and your organization. HUD’s COVID-19 Emergency Planning Toolkit can assist with identifying key areas you should consider including in your own planning.

COVID-19 Quick Guide: This document provides topics of consideration and information to help you develop strategies to address the impact of the pandemic on your community and stakeholders. It includes guidance on engaging your local partners that have a role in COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery and provides you with guidance on addressing the impact this has on your staff and the people you serve.
COVID-19 Interaction Playbook for Housing Partners: This presentation highlights promising practices for safe distribution and social distancing that my team learned from your colleagues—PHAs, TDHEs, and industry groups—compliant with CDC guidelines.
COVID-19 Guidance for Housing Partners: This flyer summarizes CDC guidance and some of the promising practices for safe distribution and social distancing further discussed in the Interaction Playbook.
Coronavirus Prevention: This flyer should be shared with residents to promote CDC guidance to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Guidance on Eligible Uses for Community Development Block Grant Funds to Support COVID-19 – For more information, click here.
Wildfire Season in the Southwest –  As many of you are aware, June is the start of Wildfire season in our southwest region.  HUD encourages you to prepare now and visit

ONAP Notices 

Temporary Suspension of Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent and Tenant Concerns

For tenants who live in housing units financed under HUD’s Native American loan guarantee programs, evictions for non-payment of rent, and charges/fees for non-payment of rent have been suspended through July 24, 2020. During the moratorium period (March 27, 2020 – July 24, 2020), if you reside in a unit that your Tribe or tribally designated housing entity (TDHE) financed under the HUD Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184) program or the Title VI Loan Guarantee (Title VI) program, you should work with your Tribe or TDHE on a plan to address your individual situation. Click here for more information.

Section 184/184A Dear Lender Letter 2020-08

The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to inform lenders and servicers of an extension to the foreclosure and related evictions moratoriums originally issued in DLL 2020-04 and extended in DLL 2020-06 for borrowers with Section 184 or Section 184A guaranteed loans for an additional period through August 31, 2020. This DLL also extends loan processing flexibilities related to appraisals, verification of employment and IRS transcripts originally issued in DLL 2020-05 and extended in DLL 2020-06 to August 31, 2020. Section 184/184A Home Loan Guarantee Resources:  Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program. For any questions about these resources, please contact the Office of Loan Guarantee at

Sample ICDBG-CARES Tribal Resolution

The Office of Native American Programs has developed a Sample Tribal Resolution for use to meet the requirements of the ICDBG-CARES Notice (Notice PIH 2020-11). The sample resolution addresses both (1) Tribal organizations that are applying on behalf of an Indian tribe, and (2) Citizen Participation.

ONAP Report Due Dates Extended

In an effort to provide some relief for Tribes impacted by COVID-19, ONAP is extending the due dates for certain reports. Click here for Calendar of Due Dates.

Click here for the SWONAP Weekly Info Bulletin July 6, 2020.

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.


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.


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.

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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