SWTHA Business Meeting
Hybrid Setting
October 13, 2021

Hybrid

  • In Person: AMERIND Corporate Offices: 502 Cedar Drive, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
  • Virtual: Via Zoom

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 – 4:00pm

Reports

  • NAIHC: TBA
  • AMERIND: Derek Valdo, AMERIND CEO
  • HUD: Cheryl Dixon Zuni, HUD-SWONAP Deputy Administrator and Jody Moses, SWONAP Administrator
  • SWTHA Financial Report: Rhoda Eustice, SWTHA Secretary/Treasurer

NAIHC Presentation

  • Housing Assistance Program: Speaker TBA

Click here to register.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Notice of Funding Opportunities

Indian Community Development Block Grant (regular) – Applications due 10/25/2021

The NOFO announced the availability of approximately $76.5 million for competitive grants to Indian tribes. Funding appropriated for this NOFO covers one fiscal year (FY21), whereas the previous NOFO covered two fiscal years (FY19/20). The primary objective of the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons of low-and moderate-incomes.

Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive – Applications due 12/1/2021

Under this NOFO, approximately $95 million in IHBG Competitive Grants are available to eligible Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) to carry out affordable housing activities for the benefit of low-income Native American  families. In accordance with the FY21 Consolidated Appropriations Act, HUD will prioritize grant applications that will spur housing construction and rehabilitation.

Continuum of Care (CoC) – Applications for existing CoCs due 11/16/2021

HUD is making $2.656 billion in FY 2021 Continuum of Care Program (CoC) competitive funding available to homeless services organizations across the country for supportive services and housing programs for people experiencing homelessness. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116-260, approved December 27, 2020) amended title IV section 435 of the Act to allow Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE) to be Collaborative Applicants, eligible entities, or subrecipients of the CoC Program in addition to amending title IV section 401 to add the terms “Formula Area” and “Indian Tribe.” These amendments mean that not only may Tribes and TDHEs apply for grants through other CoCs, but that formula areas, as that term is defined in the Indian Housing Block Grant program at 24 CFR 1000.302, are eligible to be added to the geographic areas of existing CoCs or may be included in newly formed CoCs. HUD has chosen to implement integration of Tribes and TDHEs into the CoC program in stages because tribal consultation is not yet complete. For the FY 2021 competition, Tribes and TDHEs will be eligible to apply for projects through existing CoCs only.

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

No Meeting in October, please join SWTHA for the Triannual Meeting.

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Previous Guest Speakers:

Meeting September 14, 2021

Saasha Renville of Medicine Wheel Information Systems (MWIS) will introduce their software technology for ERAP (Emergency Rental Assistance) and HAF (Homeowners Assistance Fund) online web portals. MWIS specializes in the unique design and development of a “tribal” focused technology platform to connect all enterprises.

Welcome to Medicine Wheel Information Systems, SWTHA’s newest Associate Member! Check out all SWTHA Associate Members, click here.

Meeting August 10, 2021

Eileen R. Piekarz, Rural Development Specialist from Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), spoke about their Tribal Housing Excellence Academy. View more about the academy, click here.

RCAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions.

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Meeting July 13, 2021

US Treasury looks to control innovation – FinTech FuturesEmergency Rental Assistance Program

David Heisterkamp II, Attorney at Wagenlander & Heisterkamp, LLC., discussed the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA).

Documents regarding ERA:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

San Carlos Housing Authority
Request for Proposals
Environmental Review Services

The San Carlos Housing Authority is requesting for proposals of Environmental Review Services from qualified individuals and firms.

Detailed information in regard to the requirements for RFP-ER (7) Seven Unit NAHASDA New Construction can be obtained by contacting Procurement Clerk, Angela Randall of the San Carlos Housing Authority by email at arandall@scazha.org.

Proposals are due on September 30, 2021. Click here for Notice of RFP.

Taos Pueblo Housing Authority
Job Openings

Construction Project Manager/Inspector (1) DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: Plans, manages and inspects construction on rehabilitation and home improvement projects. Conducts, monitors and inspects all ongoing construction and maintenance activities including ensuring all applicable building codes are adhered to and HUD requirements are met. Prepares Environmental Review Records on all projects. Inspects ongoing and completed Rehab projects. Controls major projects from beginning to end to assure the projects coming in are on schedule and within budget. Knowledge of building, fire, life and safety, energy and state codes and the principles and interpretation of the International Residential Code. Knowledge of Uniform Building Codes. Knowledge of electrical, utility, mechanical, and plumbing trades. Must be computer literate including MS Word, Excel spreadsheets, and other database software programs. College/Vocational Degree/Certificate in construction related field preferred. Three years project construction management and three (3) years in a supervisor capacity preferred. Project Management Certification a plus.

Construction Crew Members (2): 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 (1) 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.

  Isleta Pueblo Housing Authority
Job Announcements

Homeownership Coordinator: The development, management, and delivery of Homeownership Counseling services to provide safe, decent, and sanitary housing assistance. Coordinates and provides counseling, financial coaching, homeownership education, inspections, and data management and reporting. Ensures that the program is managed in compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations.

Click here for the Job Announcement.  Deadline: Until filled.

Homeownership Counselor: Provides counseling to home buyers. Conducts move in and out inspections. Conducts annual recertification of income of home buyer units. Maintains waiting list and home buyer files.

Click here for the Job Announcement.  Deadline: Until filled.

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

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AMERIND Member Business Meeting/NAIHC Legal Symposium
December 8, 2021, Las Vegas, Nevada

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

 HUD/ONAP and NAIHC
Training and News

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Tribal Housing Development Planning Series: (September-November), 9:00am – 5:00pm MT

  • Part 1 Overview (September 14-16, 2021): The first session in this series will provide attendees with a comprehensive introduction to Development Planning. Participants will become familiar with all Development Planning activities, including predevelopment, development, construction, and operations. Other major topics that will be covered include needs assessments, management capacity, site selection, environmental assessments, residential site plans, appraisals and budgets. This foundational course will acquaint tribal and TDHE staff with the basic requirements of Development Planning and opportunities that are available.  Click here for information and registration.
  • Part 2 Overview (October 12-14, 2021): Part 2 of this series will provide participants with 3 days of training on the specifics of the Development Process from the Predevelopment phase through Construction. It will build on the overview presented in Part 1 and focus on the tasks associated with the predevelopment, development, and construction phases. Major topics include relevant procurement and environmental tasks, market study requirements, property acquisition, sources and uses of funds, appraisal of trust property, site suitability, financial feasibility, budgeting, construction management, and contract administration. This foundational course will acquaint tribal and TDHE staff with the overall steps of the Development Planning process and will be beneficial to tribes/TDHE that want to expand the housing stock through new construction and/or acquisition.  Click here for information and registration.
  • Part 3 Overview (November 16-18, 2021): Part 3 of the Development Planning training series will provide participants with an overview on the last step of the development process – Operations and Project Management of a development project. The trainings topics will include: transition from development to operations, asset management vs property management, organizational structures, day-to-day operations, process and need for policies and procedures, operating budget, and housing counseling. 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.

Housing Policy Virtual Training: September 28-30, 2021, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm 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. The course will also examine how maintaining high standards in property management affects the overall performance of tribal housing programs.

Click here for information and registration.

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News and Information (Click on links below)

Click here for Training Opportunities

Region VIII/AMERIND/SWTHA
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!

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.

Other sources for American Indian Scholarships:

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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