SWTHA Business Meeting
June 16, 2021
9:00am – 3:00pm MDT


  • 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


  • Reports provided by:
    • NAIHC: Tony Walters, NAIHC Executive Director
    • 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 Training: David Heisterkamp II, Attorney,  on Department of Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program 
  • Presentation: Eileen R. Piekarz, RCAC Housing Rural Development Specialist, introducing the Tribal Housing Excellence Academy

Click here to register! Click here for the Agenda

Thank you to NAIHC for sponsoring the training!

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

July 13, 2021 Guest Speaker:

Eileen R. Piekarz, Rural Development Specialist from Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), will talk 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.


Previous Guest Speakers:

Meeting June 8, 2021:

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


Meeting May 11, 2021:

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


Meeting April 13, 2021:

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

SWTHA will continue to provide the most current information through guest speakers at the monthly meetings, all members are welcome to join. If you would like to speak at one of the monthly meetings, or you have any questions, please email swtha.region8@gmail.com.

2021 Scholarship
Extended to June 11, 2021!

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.

Application Deadline has been extended to June 11, 2021!

Please share this information with your Education Department!

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 Poster Contest
National Voting Soon!


Contestants have submitted their posters that promote any safety issues. National voting will begin soon. One final winner from each grade category will be voted by the public, on the AMERIND website, to win $1,000!

National voting available June 2021 at amerind.com.

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. 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



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

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

Firewise Poster
How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfire

Covid-19 Checklist
Checklist for Reopening the workplace

Training and News



Admissions & Occupancy Virtual Training: June 7-9, 2021, 8:30am – 3:30pm ET

AAHA is hosting an exciting and interactive three (3) day online training with June 10th being available for participants to schedule a one-on one session with the trainer. The course will cover Admissions and Occupancy program management with topics to include the application and selection process, eligibility for housing assistance, calculating annual income, determining monthly rental or homeownership payments, occupancy standards, effective communication techniques with residents, lease agreement compliance, and collections. The course will also examine how maintaining high standards in the Admissions and Occupancy program affects the overall management of tribal housing programs. Participants are encouraged to have calculators and a copy of their Admissions and Occupancy policies so they can practice applying them to case studies and role-playing exercises presented during this course.

Click here for information and registration.

Sustainable Development, Design, and Construction Virtual Training:, June 15-17, 2021, 10:00am – 4:00pm PT

This 3-day training is designed to provide tribal communities with the tools that community leaders and organizations need to define sustainability and lead their communities through a design, development, and construction process that includes culture and environment.

Click here for information and registration.

NAHASDA Essentials Virtual Training: June 22-24, 2021, 9:00am – 3:00pm PT

This 3-day training will provide attendees with a comprehensive introduction to NAHASDA. Participants will become familiar with all program activities, including rental housing, homebuyer programs, rehabilitation, and housing and crime prevention services. Other major topics that will be covered include the IHBG formula, eligible program participants, income verifications, other federal requirements, financial management and program administration. This foundational course will acquaint tribal and TDHE staff with the basic requirements of the IHBG Program and opportunities that are available.

Click here for information and registration.

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

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

Click here for information and registration.

News and Information (Click on links below)

Click here for Training Opportunities

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

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

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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