SWTHA Business Meeting
January 26, 2022

Please join SWTHA for the January 26, 2022 Triannual Meeting!


Agenda (Click here for detailed 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

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Overview – Vanessa Megaw, Policy Advisor and Lead for emergency housing grantee outreach, will be giving an overview of the ERAP, focusing on information and resources that are useful for Tribes. Jim Gatz, Senior Policy and Program Advisor, and John Comeau, Financial Economist, will be giving an overview of ERA reporting requirements.

AMERIND – Robert Dahl, Chief Operating Officer
HUD – Cheryl Dixon Zuni, HUD-SWONAP Deputy Administrator and Jody Moses, SWONAP Administrator
NAIHC – Tony Walters, NAIHC Executive Director and Brook Kristovich, NAIHC Representative
SWTHA – Rhoda Eustace, SWTHA Secretary/Treasurere

SWTHA President
AZ Representative
NM Representative (2)

Speakers/Presentations: TBA

Please plan to join the meeting or send a Proxy to participate in the elections. Click here to register.

Click here to view copies of documents provided at the October meeting.


SWTHA Membership Renewal
Region VIII Tribal Housing Departments

Renewal letters for the SWTHA 2022 Membership were mailed.  Please continue to support SWTHA through a membership as we work to strengthen our voice for Native families. Please pay the 2022 membership dues before the Triannual Meeting on January 26, 2022.

Click on the links below for SWTHA Renewal documents. 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!

2022 Scholarship Announcement!

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 will be available at the end of January 2022.

Check back soon regarding the SWTHA Region VIII Scholarship!

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 30, 2022.

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

Meeting February 8, 2022

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.


Previous Guest Speakers:

Meeting January 11, 2022

Juel Burnette, 1st Tribal Lending Branch Manager, discussed what 1st Tribal does and has done to date with mortgage lending in Indian Country.

Tony Walters, NAIHC Executive Director, discussed preparing a packet to share with Congressional Delegates during visits to Capitol Hill.

Meeting December 14, 2021

Guest Speaker, Denise Zuni, Owner of Sh’eh Wheef Law Office, joined the meeting to discuss the following bills:
  • House companion bill to S.2092 – A request to NM Congressional Representatives to introduce a companion bill to S.2092, the Native American Rural Homeownership Improvement Act of 2021.The bill would make permanent the USDA 502 Home Loan Relending Pilot Program. The Pilot Program would allow Native CDFIs to deploy USDA 502 loans.
  • H.R. 5195, the NAHASDA Reauthorization bill – Reauthorization of NAHASDA and some of its provisions.

Click here for the Proposed Legislation PowerPoint presentation.
Letter of Request for S.2092, click here.
Overview of the Native American Rural Homeownership Act 2021, click here.

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.


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:


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.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Notice of Funding Opportunities


Tribal HUD-VASH) Expansion Program Application deadline 1/18/2022
Grantees use funding towards rental assistance and supportive services for Native American Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, living on or near a reservation or other Indian areas.

Tribal Self-Governance Program Planning Cooperative Agreement – Application Deadline: 2/10/2022
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service offers cooperative agreements to Tribes that provide planning resources to manage healthcare programs to best fits the needs in their communities.

The USDA Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP)Application Deadline: 2/25/2022
Priority will be given to projects that have been funded by FRTEP in the past to ensure continuity of service to Tribal and reservation communities.

Indigenous Communities FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Act NOFO | Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration – Application Deadline: 3/15/2022

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.

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

Shape, logo Description automatically generatedPueblo of Jemez
Seeking Operations Manager

The Pueblo of Jemez Housing Authority (POJHA) is currently seeking applicants for its Operations Manager position. Under the direction of the  Executive Director, the Operations Manager supports the POJHA’s strategic and operational objectives by providing daily oversight and direction to staff ensuring the organizational mission and goals are met through planning, coordinating, and implementing housing programs and services; policy and procedure development; personal management; and communication management with internal and external customers.

Click here for Job Announcement. Open until filled. Please contact the POJHA office at 575-834-0305 for more information, or visit 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



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

Training and News



  • USDA Small Business 101 Workshop – January 20, 2022, 1:00pm – 4:00pm ET and 9:00am – 12:00 pm EST, respectively. Click here for information and registration.
  • Webinar – Launch to Action – Take Your Project to the Next Level: January 20, 2022, 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET. Click here for information and registration.
  • Development & Implementation of Tribal Solid Waste Codes & Ordinance Virtual Training – Feb. 7-10, March 9 & April 18-21, 2022. Complete attendance is required to receive legal and technical staff support and a certificate. Participants applying for this training course are required to follow the instructions in the IHS Environmental Health Support Center web portal at: www.ihs.gov/ehsc/. For more info., call or email Julie Jurkowski at Julie.Jurkowski@nau.edu or 928-523-9404.  Applications due by Jan. 14, 2022.

Click here for all ONAP Training and Webinar opportunities.

Job Opportunities

  • Grants Evaluation Specialist, GS-9/11/12, Phoenix, AZ. Closes: January 25, 2022.

News and Information (Click on links below)


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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