SWTHA Business Meeting
June 16, 2021

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for the next SWTHA Triannual Business Meeting.

Agenda

  • Board Meeting –  9:00am – 9:45am
  • Networking –  9:45am – 10:00am
  • Business Meeting  –  10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Break – 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Business Meeting – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

More information and registration will be available soon. Visit swtha.org to stay updated!

SWTHA Monthly Zoom Meetings:
Held the second Tuesday of each month, 1:00pm-2:00pm, MST. The next meeting is May 11, 2021.

Guest Speakers, Lorna Fogg and Robin Thorne from RT Hawk Housing will discuss Leveraging the Stimulus Money to Build/Rehab More Units.

You don’t want to miss this discussion. 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.

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.

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

Region VIII/AMERIND
2021 Scholarship Deadline Extended!

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 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.

The deadline to submit scholarships has been extended to April 30, 2021! For more information, please click here.

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:

AMERIND
2021 Poster Contest

 

It is time for the AMERIND Safety Poster Contest! Housing Departments or TDHE’s are encouraged to sponsor a Poster Contest locally and support their children’s efforts. Contestants should submit a poster that promotes any safety issue: COVID prevention, cyber bullying, fire, distracted driving, home fire escape plan, how to call 911, etc. One final winner from each category will be voted by the public, on the AMERIND website, to win $1,000!

Click here for more information.

Click here for student instructions. Click here for Poster Contest Announcement.

The deadline for Region VIII has been extended to April 30, 2021.

Travois Indian Country Affordable Housing and Economic Development Conference

May 10 – 14, 2021     Digital event | Free

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. These two federal tax credit programs have directly led to more than $1.5 billion of new and rehabilitated homes, businesses and services in Indian Country.

What to expect: Travois staff, experienced tribal developers and industry partners will share best practices on developing homes and businesses in Native communities — planning, securing financing, architectural design, construction monitoring, asset management and compliance and more. We will use the platform Zoom to provide live instruction to your homes or offices.

Who should attend: We invite those working in housing, community or economic development and who serve American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian communities to join us.

Visit travois.com/news-events/annual-conference-information to register. For more information, call or email the planning team at 816-994-8970 or comm@travois.com.

AMERIND News

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

35th AMERIND | NAIHC Annual Convention and Tradeshow
May 22-27, 2021, Waikoloa, HI
Cancelled

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

Pueblo of Jemez Housing Authority
Request For Proposals

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS #2021-02 – HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT

The Pueblo of Jemez Housing Authority (POJHA) is seeking proposals from qualified firms or individuals to perform a housing needs assessment for the Pueblo of Jemez (POJ) in its efforts to identify current and future housing needs for POJ Tribal Members within the boundaries of the Pueblo of Jemez tribal lands.

Interest firms must request for a detailed Request for Proposal from POJHA by calling Charmaine Chinana at (575) 834-0305 or via email at Char.Chinana@pojha.org. Proposals are due on May 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time. Proposals not received on time will be rejected. POJHA reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to waive any and all deficiencies.

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 Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority (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. Initial funding source for this program is NAIHC COVID-19, through December 31, 2021. Position will be re-evaluated prior to December 31, 2021.

Click here for the Job Announcement.  Deadline: April 28, 2021

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: April 30, 2021

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.

Tribal HUD-VASH Expansion Program

On January 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the NOFA for the Tribal HUD-VASH Expansion Program. The NOFA announced the availability of approximately $3.2 million for competitive grants to eligible Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs). Applicants have until 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on April 15, 2021, to submit applications.

HUD’s Southwest Office of Native American Programs (SWONAP) invites you to participate in a FREE informational webinar on the FY21- Tribal HUD-VASH Expansion Program, March 25, 2021.  

Web Meeting Address: https://www.webmeeting.att.com
Meeting Number(s): (877)336-1839
Audio Conference -USA Toll-Free: (877)336-1839
ACCESS CODE: 5599389

SWONAP staff will provide an overview and answer questions for potential applicants in the Southwest.  Learn how the Tribal Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program helps homeless Native American Veterans exit homelessness. Tribal HUD-VASH combines rental assistance from HUD with case management, clinical and supportive services provides by VA specifically for Native American Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Video produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Click Here to watch.

Tribal HUD-VASH Expansion NOFA FAQs

For further information about this funding opportunity, please click here.

HUD/ONAP and NAIHC Training

 

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Uniform Guidance 2 CFR Part 200: May 4-6, 2021, 9:00am – 4:30pm AKST    Virtual Training

The Uniform Guidance establishes the administrative and financial management requirements for all Federal grants in accordance with 2 CFR 200. The Uniform Guidance requirements encompass management standards, procurement, reporting, record keeping, allowable costs, audits and much more. This training will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the administrative and financial management requirements for the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) pursuant to the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) including the Uniform Guidance. The training will emphasize practical applications of the Uniform Guidance to the NAHASDA program requirements.

Click here for information and registration.

Tribal HUD-VASH Virtual Training:  May 4-5, 2021, 12:00pm – 4:00pm Central Time

Participants at this 2-day training will receive 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.

Click here for information and registration.

Housing Policy Virtual Training, May 11-13, 9:00am – 4:30pm AKST

AAHA is hosting an interactive three (3) day training workshop on Housing Policy. The workshop will acquaint participants on the essential policy requirements for NAHASDA. Participants will learn the essential policy requirements for NAHASDA management in general. It will be a hands-on thorough review of a policy developed for Alaska Tribes and TDHEs. Some of the policy topics include: Applicable Alaska Law, Application Process, Eligibility and Ineligibility, Waiting Lists, Verification, Maintenance and Inspections, Hoarding, Collections, and Termination.

Click here for information and registration.

Self-Monitoring Virtual Training, May 12-13, 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: IHP/APR Planning & Reporting; Self-Monitoring; Financial Management; Organization & Administration; Procurement & Contract Administration; Environmental Compliance; Eligibility, Admission& Occupancy; Relocation Assistance; Section 504 Accessibility; Maintenance & Inspection; Labor Standards and Lead-based Paint. The outcome of such assessments is used to report to HUD of areas that are non-compliant and how the recipient intends to self-correct to bring into compliance through Performance Improvement Plans to assure compliance with NAHASDA and other federal related laws as required.

Click here for information and registration.

NAHASDA Intermediate Virtual Training: May 19-20, 2021, 11am – 5:00pm ET

This 2 Day Virtual NAHASDA Intermediate Training will provide participants with a greater understanding of Indian Housing Management and operations. This will help to create a more effective and efficient Housing Organization, by increasing knowledge of IHA management and operations it will lead to an improved delivery of Housing opportunities for the beneficiaries of NAHASDA programs. We will discuss required policies, regulations and governing documents and the History of Indian Housing.

Click here for information and registration.

Financial Management Virtual Training: May 25-27, 2021, 10:00am – 4:00pm

The purpose of this 3-day training is to highlight best practices and the development of a financial management
system for a small to medium sized Tribe/TDHE managing Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds. Usually, the
Tribes/TDHEs operate their housing programs with limited staff and in most cases, use fee accountants to assist
with some accounting functions, financial preparation and reporting, and works with the auditors on behalf of the
organization. With this in mind, the training serves as 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 Financial Management, as well as compliance with the NAHASDA statutes and regulations.

Click here for information and registration.

News and Information

Click here for Training Opportunitie

Moving Projects Forward
During a Pandemic

A virtual presentation entitled ‘Moving Projects Forward During A Pandemic’ was presented at SWTHA’s October meeting.  The COVID-19 pandemic along with other natural disasters such as wildfires have created significant challenges to Tribes and TDHEs as many projects have ground to a halt or limp along as project teams try to regroup and move projects along.

The presentation included several different methods on how to keep projects moving.  These methods include taking advantage of the recent statutory and regulatory waivers issued by HUD as well as reviewing procurement policies and procedures to make them more efficient and user friendly.  Information on using GSA eBuy, which is an online system designed to facilitate the request for quotes for a wide range of commercial supplies and products was also presented.  Conducting environmental reviews during a public health emergency with examples of the types of activities that may be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to pandemics and natural disasters was another topic that was discussed.

Here are some basic steps a Tribe/TDHE can take to keep housing projects and programs moving forward:

  • Identify areas where the potential for problems could impact the success of the program or project.
  • Identify the specific things that could go wrong.
  • List the most likely causes for these problems.
  • Make plans to prevent these causes from happening.
  • Make plans that minimize the impact if the problems occur.
  • Integrate these actions into the program or project.

The documents used as reference along with the Power Point slides used during the presentation are available. The informative session was sponsored by SWONAP and presented by Bill Nibbelink, owner of Bill Nibbelink & Associates. Bill can be contacted at nib@msicweb.com if you would like more information related to the presentation or reference documents.

Click here for links to documents and presentations from the October 2020 meeting.

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.

The National Center Business Awards | NCAIEDWhat Tribes and Tribal Entities Need to Know When Procuring Personal Protective Equipment

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) has developed a comprehensive guide and accompanying website for tribes and tribal entities that need to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) during the current COVID-19 pandemic, as well as future public health crises.

Download the factsheets – a longer, comprehensive version and a shorter version.  Visit the NCAIED website for resources and information for tribal governments, health agencies, businesses, and other entities that need PPE. The National Center partnered with Project N95, a national clearinghouse for suppliers of PPE, to develop the website and provide easy access to the vendor list, ensuring that organizations are purchasing PPE at a reasonable cost and from a reputable and reliable vendor.

Office of Native American Programs
(ONAP) Notice

 

Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing

HUD’s Southwest Office of Native American Programs is pleased to announce the HHP Tribal NOFA has been published. Application Due Date is Aug. 24, 2020. The purpose of the HHP program is to assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments identify and and remediate housing related health and safety hazards. This program will assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments to develop comprehensive programs to identify and remediate housing issues that contribute to health and safety issues in urban, tribal communities. Click here to view the HHP grant opportunity.

Click here to view 2020 NFOA information.

HUD Publishes Guidance to Prevent Homelessness After the Eviction Moratorium Expires

On July 24, 2020 the Eviction Moratorium provided under Section 4024 of the CARES Act expired.  In response, the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) has drafted a guidance for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) that provides suggestions on how to prevent homelessness after the Eviction Moratorium expires. While the Eviction Moratorium applied solely to units that were financed under ONAP’s Section 184 and or Title VI loan guarantee, the toolkit provides tips on how to assist families that may be struggling to pay their rent and may be at risk of homelessness.

Dear Lender Letter 2020-10 – Extension of Foreclosure Moratorium and Administrative Flexibilities

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency, HUD is extending the foreclosure and eviction moratorium applicable to the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee program and Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee program through December 31, 2020. HUD is also extending the loan processing flexibilities originally issued in DLL 2020-05, and further extended in DLL 2020-08, through October 31, 2020. Please click here to see Dear Lender Letter 2020-10.

Dear Lender Letter 2020-09- Office of Loan Guarantee Fiscal Year 2020 Year-End Closure

This Dear Lender Letter (DLL) informs stakeholders when HUD will begin its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 financial closeout for loan guarantee programs, including the Section 184 Indian Home Loan program, the Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Home Loan program, and the Title VI Loan Guarantee program. The financial closeout process will begin on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Please click here to see Dear Lender Letter 2020-09.

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.

ONAP Environmental Updates
Modernizing CEQ’sNEPA Regulations
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published final regulation, Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, 85 Fed. Reg. 43304 (July 16, 2020). This regulatory update is the first update in 40 years and the rule goes into effect September 14, 2020. Click here for the CEQ fact sheet.

Click here for the SWONAP Weekly Info Bulletin November 16, 2020.

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 https://www.ready.gov/wildfires.

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
Wear a mask at home if you live in a multi-generational home
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.

Resources:

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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