Native Housing Update

-Updates from National American Indian Housing Council
December 28, 2017
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In This Issue
Meet the Staff
Tony Walters-Executive Director
Cherokee Nation 
Joe Diehl -  
Deputy Director  
LindaLee Retka- 
Program Director 
White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa
Shane Begay-
T/TA Program Manager
Navajo Nation
Valerie Butterbredt- 
Membership & Advocacy Program Assistant
Bishop Paiute Tribe
Yolanda Almeida-
Finance & Operation
Program Assistant    
Brian Mann-
T/TA Program Assistant
Eastern Shoshone Tribe  
Cristy Davies-
Events Planner    
NAIHC Information
NAIHC Membership Renewal

This is an election year for the position of NAIHC Board Chair. You'll need to be up-to-date on your membership standing to participate in the election process and to vote on any resolutions at the 2018 Amerind/NAIHC Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA on May 30 - June 1, 2018.

We welcome feedback and ideas on making your membership valuable and relevant in support of the great work you do for your tribal communities.

Membership invoices will be sent out Monday December 18, 2017.  
View Article XIV of NAIHC Bylaws to understand Voting Membership Fees.
Legislative Conference

The decisions made by Congress and the Administration in Washington, DC, directly affect you and all of Indian Country. NAIHC's Annual Legislative Conference offers tribes, TDHEs, and Housing Authorities a chance to take part in the process. Attendees can discuss-with each other and with representatives of the federal government-the scope and impact of legislative issues affecting Indian Country. The event brings tribal housing representatives face-to-face with lawmakers, both during the conference and during Congressional visits on Capitol Hill.
NAIHC Awarded FY 2017 Community Compass Award
The department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded National American Indian Housing Council with $300,000 for CPD and $2,750,000 for NAHASDA.
CPD = Community Planning & Development - this funding is for providing technical assistance for Tribal communities on addressing homelessness.
NAHASDA funding is for delivering training and technical assistance to Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)   Recipients (Tribes/Tribally Designated Housing Entitites). HUD's Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) manages the training and technical assistance program.
ONAP sponsors several tuition free trainings and workshops for Tribal Leaders, Tribal housing staff, Tribal housing board members, housing professionals, community, and nonprofit partners. Visit the Calendar of Events for current schedule  
All recipients of IHBG funding are eligible to receive technical assistance at no cost.  To request training and technical assistance on a particular need, please contact your respective ONAP Area Office.
If you have any questions about this notice, please email Linda Lee Retka at
House Committee on Financial Services Approves NAHASDA Reauthorization
Congressman Pearce's (NM) NAHASDA reauthorization bill, H.R. 3864, has been reported out of the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday December 13, 2017. The full House of Representatives can now consider the bill.
The bill was modified during the markup to strip out Title VIII provisions, which relate to the Native Hawaiian housing programs.
Representative Gwen Moore (WI) requested a vote on an amendment that would restore the Native Hawaiian provisions, but it failed to get enough votes.
Representatives who voted to pass the bill without the Native Hawaiian provisions stated their desire to keep the bill moving through the legislative process, while recognizing that there will be other opportunities to make changes to the bill.
The NAIHC will continue to work with the members of the House and Senate to address the Native Hawaiian provisions moving forward and to address the $650 million authorization cap found in H.R. 3864.

No further action on NAHASDA is expected to be taken until Congress comes back from its holiday break.

NAIHC sent a letter to all the Members of the House Financial Services Committee opposing the removal of the Native Hawaiian housing provisions. 

For more information regarding the bill or legislative process moving forward, please contact Tony Walters at .

New American Community Survey Statistics Provide Local Data for Every Community Nationwide
The nation experienced an increase in commuting time, median gross rent and a rise in English proficiency among those who spoke another language. These are only a few of the statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012-2016 American Community Survey five-year estimates data release, which features more than 40 social, economic, housing and demographic topics, including homeowner rates and costs, health insurance and educational attainment.

The survey produces statistics for all of the nation's 3,142 counties. In addition, it is the only full dataset available for three-fourths of all counties with populations too small to produce a complete set of single-year statistics (2,322 counties). Each year, Census Bureau data helps determine how more than $675 billion of federal funding are spent on infrastructure and services, from highways to schools to hospitals.

The American Community Survey is the only source of small area statistics for social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics. It gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, home-builders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision-makers who count on these annual results. These statistics would not be possible without the participation of the randomly selected households in the survey.

You can find information about the American Community Survey here: ACS
F or access to the complete News Release please click here: News Release

Help the Census Bureau Accurately Count Your Community
The U.S. Census Bureau requests help from tribal, state and local governments in the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses program. This program is the only opportunity for governments to verify residential addresses, ensuring a complete and accurate 2020 Census.

Invitation letters were mailed in July 2017 and reminders were sent in late September 2017. The final participation materials will be mailed in February 2018. Governments can take the following steps now to prepare:

- Start preparing your address list - make sure your list identifies multiunit structures and distinguishes between residential and nonresidential addresses.
- Identify local address sources, such as building permits, local utility records, annexation records and other files.
- Attend one of our workshops to learn about the program.
- Prepare to participate in the 2018 Boundary and Annexation Survey, which is the annual update for the legal boundaries and names of all governmental units. Invitation letters will be sent in January 2018.

Participation in the Local Update of Census Addresses program can help ensure a complete and accurate 2020 Census in your community.
For more information, visit the program website .
HUD Envision Centers - Public Comment Request Notice
H UD Envision Centers:
Solicitation of Public Comment:
In accordance with section 470 of the Housing and Urban-Rural Recovery Act of 1983 (42 U.S.C. 3542), HUD is seeking comment on the demonstration.  Section 470 provides that HUD may not begin a demonstration program not expressly authorized by statute until a description of the demonstration program is published in the Federal Register and a 60-day period expires following the date of publication, during which time HUD solicits public comment and considers the comments submitted.  The public comment period provided allows HUD the opportunity to consider those comments during the 60-day period, and be in a position to commence implementation of the demonstration following the conclusion of the 60-day period.
While HUD welcomes comments on the entirety of the demonstration, it asks that commenters consider the following specific questions:
(1) In administering and evaluating the demonstration, how should HUD define ''economic mobility''?
(2) How can HUD tailor the Economic Empowerment Pillar of the Demonstration to identify and focus on families and individuals residing in HUD-assisted housing that are able to work, and not those who are elderly or include persons with disabilities;
(3) How can HUD and identified partners (state and local entities, private sector, philanthropic, non-profit and other entities) best maximize existing programs and efforts across agencies in a coordinated and holistic approach?
(4) What impediments exist for achieving the four pillars, including institutional, organizational, legal or statutory, and behavioral impediments?  Is it necessary to the success of the demonstration that communities link all four pillars, and if not, would it be sufficient for a community to identify in its participation plan the barriers to including a specific pillar? Are there additional pillars that contribute to self-sufficiency and economic mobility that should be made part of the demonstration?
(5) What incentives and programs have worked in the past to achieve the four pillars?
(6) What elements and level of detail should HUD require in a community's participation plan?
(7) How should HUD define and measure economic mobility over time and space? How should HUD measure quality of life for residents that remain in assisted housing?
(8) What data sources or data linkage is needed to develop outcome metrics such as, return on investment, involvement of local institutions of higher learning, employment and economic opportunities for Section 3 residents and businesses, and a public process for reviewing outcomes and lessons learned?

Grant & Funding Opportunities
Wells Fargo Commits $50 Million to American Indian/Alaska Native Communities
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced a five-year, $50 million commitment to American Indian/Alaska Native communities to help address their unique economic, social and environmental needs. The company will expand philanthropy programs, work to improve products and services to meet the financial and banking requirements of the American Indian/Alaska Native community, and help create a greater awareness of American Indian/Alaska Native culture, history and contributions.
"We are only as successful as the communities in which we work," said Tim Sloan, Wells Fargo CEO. "Our longstanding relationships with tribal governments and American Indian/Alaska Native customers are a point of tremendous pride at Wells Fargo. I am pleased to be able to make this announcement on behalf of our 268,000 team members as part of Native American Heritage Month."
The bulk of the financial commitment will be devoted to philanthropy aligned with the concerns raised by consulted tribal stakeholders during the development of the commitment and Wells Fargo's 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility focus areas.
  • Environmental sustainability: renewable energy projects and clean water programs.
  • Economic empowerment: down payment assistance and other programs to advance homeownership; affordable housing development; capacity building for Community Development Financial Institutions serving small businesses in Indian Country and asset-building programs that are helping individual tribal members create wealth through matched savings and other mechanisms; customized financial capability curriculum; and post-secondary education programs and scholarships.
  • Diversity and social inclusion: leadership and career development training; cultural awareness and language preservation programs.
Training Opportunities
2018 Upcoming ONAP Trainings

HUD/NAIHC | Housing Board Commissioners
February 6-7 | Sacramento, California
Registration Not Open

HUD/NAIHC | Admissions & Occupancy
February 7-8 | Oklahoma City, OK
Registration Open Click here

HUD/NAIHC |  Environmental Review: Housing Rehab Projects
February 27-28 | Denver, Colorado
Registration Open Click here

HUD/NAIHC | Board of Commissioners
March 13-14 | Billings, Montana
Registration Not Open

Leadership Institute | NAHASDA LIHTC
March 13-15 | TBA
Registration Not Open

Outside Training Opportunities
FHL Bank San Francisco - Register Today for a  FHL Bank San Francisco WISH & IDEA Workshop or Webinar
2018 Workshop Locations and Dates

Thursday, January 18  |  Tempe, AZ  |  REGISTER
Thursday, January 25  |  Las Vegas, NV  |  REGISTER
Tuesday, January 30   |  Fresno, CA  |  REGISTER

2018 Webinar Dates and Times

Tuesday, January 23    10:00 am - 12:00 pm  REGISTER

Thursday, February 1  |   2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  REGISTER
The Bank's WISH and IDEA first-time homebuyer programs help our members expand homeownership opportunities for lower-income families and individuals by offering eligible homebuyers 3-to-1 matching grants of up to $15,000.
To learn how to reserve and use your 2018 WISH and IDEA funds, register now to attend a half-day workshop or a 2-hour webinar. Workshops and webinars will cover:
  • how to complete the application for funds reservation
  • homebuyer eligibility and how matching grant funds may be used
  • the Bank's disbursement process and a new disbursement eForm coming in 2018
Please note: Registration for workshops and webinars is open to Bank members and representatives of community organizations only. These events are not appropriate for homebuyers or the general public.
The funding is only available to participating Bank members.
Call us at (415) 616-2542 or email Community Investment.

Outside Request for Proposals

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Job Opportunities
Bishop Paiute Development Corporation- Economic Development Director

Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority- Chief Executive Officer

Lower Elwha Housing Director

Swinomish Housing Authority Executive Director

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