Native Housing Update

-Updates from National American Indian Housing Council
November 27, 2017
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Sponsors for 2017 Legal Symposium
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Anonymous: In Memory of John Williamson

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
Join us in Las Vegas, December 3-5, 2017 for the NAIHC Annual Legal Symposium.

Sunday, December 3 through Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Meeting Location: The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV

This is the premier learning event for housing and legal professionals from across the country working to address the availability and access to affordable housing for Native American families.  The event provides a forum to discuss regulatory and legal issues in the tribal housing arena, as well as related community development issues.

Bringing together legal practitioners, housing organizations, tribal housing authorities, law students, legal academics and other tribal leaders - Join more that 500 of your industry peers and foremost experts in Indian housing law and regulations. And, nearly 30 training sessions will be offered.

Explore ideas, experiences, share insights and address emerging issues whether you are a seasoned legal practitioner or just beginning your professional path working in housing this is the event to attend.  

Speakers for the Legal Symposium:

Legislative Committee Meeting
Sunday December 3, 2017 | 1:30 P.M. PST

National Indian Council on Aging:
Your Money, Your Goals Housing/Workforce Webinar Series Review
Deputy Director Joe Diehl from the National American Indian Housing Council for sharing his expertise on Native housing needs.

Below please find the webinar recordings for the NICOA Workforce and Housing Part I and Part II. The PowerPoint slides are attached.
  1. NICOA Workforce and Housing Part I _Nov.8:
  1. NICOA Workforce and Housing Part II_ Nov.15
There is a wealth of materials to do with Your Money, Your Goals at this website:

Rent Reporting Convening in Portland on December 14
Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) has worked with Credit Builders Alliance over the last several years to support  rent reporting for affordable housing residents to build positive credit histories and financial capability.  In Oregon, Housing Works and Home Forward have successfully been using rent reporting for their clients. 
Prosperity Now and Credit Builders Alliance are hosting a full-day workshop on December 14th, at Stephens Creek Crossing in Portland Oregon.  The workshop will discuss the progress of rent reporting pilots to date, help you understand what is involved in starting a rent-reporting initiative, as well as offer some opportunities to participate in a new project to implement rent reporting at your properties.
Travel funds may be available if needed, so please reach out to Kate Davidoff at if you need assistance or have any questions related to the training or rent reporting in general.

The workshop is free; please register  here.  

The Institute for Tribal Environment Professional's |
Introductory Webinar For Tribes to Access the VW Settlement

Thursday, December 7, 2017
10 am AK
11 am PT
12 pm MT
1 pm CT
2 pm ET

You are invited to join ITEP's VW Settlement Technical Assistance Program's webinar to learn how Tribes can access the $55 million settlement from Clean Air Act violations by the automaker Volkswagen. For the next 6-10 years, Tribes will be able to sign up as settlement beneficiaries and submit environmental mitigation plans to replace or repower a selected list of diesel vehicles. Tribe have until January 2, 2018 to submit a funding request for the first round of funding and subsequent years have a deadline of September 1
st of each year until 2023. If any of the $55 million remains after 2023, funds will remain available to Tribes until the funds are exhausted.

This webinar will last one and a half hours and will provide attendees:

  1. A brief introduction to the settlement
  2. A review of the specific documentation that Tribes must submit to the VW Settlement Trustee
  3. Specific resources for Tribes to use in submitting their documentation
  4. Time to ask specific questions about the VW Settlement

The webinar will be moderated by ITEP's Project Director Andy Bessler.

Participants can use their telephone or computer mic & speakers to hear audio:
1 (415) 655-0060 with Access Code: 259-461-573

Register and log in here to view documents discussed during the webinar:

Click here to learn more and please contact us if you have any questions!

Training on Accessing Capital Resources for Rural Single Family Homes
December 8th, 2017 ~ 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

You are invited to join Enterprise Community Partner's Rural and Native American Initiative for a webinar on capital resources for Rural single family home development.  This webinar will provide an overview of the single-family housing landscape and what single family housing programs are available. The webinar will include information on the HUD Section 184 Program, USDA 502 Direct and Guaranteed Loans, VA Direct Loans and more.  Join us as we provide guidance on how to access these available financing programs.
For many organizations operating in rural areas, they are the only organization serving the community's affordable housing needs. Without their continued efforts in the community, there would not be any affordable housing or other community development activities. Organizations in these communities need guidance on how to access available financing programs and capacity building for leveraging these sources (LIHTC, HOME, AHP, Trust Funds) for creating new housing.
The webinar will be led by Russell Kaney, the Director for the National Rural & Native American Initiative. Russell leads Enterprise's national efforts on providing direct assistance to CDCs, CHDOs, Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities. The capacity building and technical assistance provided by Enterprise helps these organizations develop their towns, build their communities and weaves together the social fabric of the rural landscape into vibrant places to work, live and play.

Registration is at no cost but is required. Please register in advance below

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 .
President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis releases Final Report
Last week, the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released thei r final report to the President and federal agencies. The report contained 56 recommendations that the Commission proposes to overcome the opioid epidemic.
The report was broken into categories of:
  • Federal Funding and Programs
    • Instructed Congress and the Administration to issue block grants to states for opioid and SUD-related programming.
    • Encouraged the upgrade of Office of the National Drug Control Policy funding tracking. 
  • Prevention
    • Proposed prescribing regulations and education.
    •  Prescription Drug Monitoring Program enhancements.
  • Opioid Addiction Treatment, Overdose Reversal, and Recovery
    • Encourages federal agencies, such as IHS, to lift reimbursement and policy barriers to treatment.
    • Instructs the national, state, local and tribal stakeholders to begin using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with pre-trial detainees and post-release.
    • Recommends the National Health Service Corp to supply health services to states and localities with higher than average opioid use and abuse.
  • Research and Development
    • Recommends federal agencies to look at existing research on pain management best practices.
    • Recommends further research and funding for monitoring technologies.
The report offers suggestions for Tribal governments to strengthen surveillance, increase the use of medication-assisted treatment in pre-trial detainees and post-releases, and encourages tribes to apply for drug court grants. A large portion of the document offered a report on the statistics and rate in which the opioid crisis effects specific populations. Although Native Americans were concluded to be one of the most widely effected groups, the report did not address the data disparities that skew the accuracy of the data. This is to say that the data reported in the text is most likely drastically under representative of the accurate numbers.
Rather than suggesting direct funding, the commission suggested allocating block funding reserved to the states. NCAI consistently works towards encouraging direct funding to tribes, which is especially important for this epidemic, as Natives are disproportionately afflicted by the opioid crisis, and have repeatedly shown effectiveness in solving domestic issues on reservation. 
NCAI Contact Info: Denise Desiderio, Policy Director,

Semester in Washington's Scholarship for Native Students

The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students who want to take part in Semester in Washington Politics. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who have completed their undergraduate degree but have not yet enrolled in a graduate program. NAPLP is made possible by a generous grant from  AT&T.

NAPLP scholarships are awarded to students based on academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in politics. Students from all tribes and from every part of the United States are welcome to apply. There is no application fee for those applying for the NAPLP scholarship.
What does the NAPLP scholarship cover?
  • Tuition and fees for the two core classes, plus an optional third course (up to 9 credit hours total)
  • Housing in a GW dormitory
  • A stipend for books and living expenses, paid in two installments
  • Airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket)

Grant & Funding Opportunities
DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development
Today, during the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Program Review, Carole Plowfield, Acting Director for the Office of Indian Energy announced a notice of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled "Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands" later this year.
Through the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use, including:
  • Installing energy efficiency measures and/or energy generating system(s) for tribal buildings;
  • Deploying community-scale energy generating system(s) on tribal lands; or
  • Installing energy system(s) for autonomous operation to power a single or multiple essential tribal loads for a short period of time during an emergency situation or for long-term tribal community resilience.
DOE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of grants. Under the planned FOA and as required by statute, a 50% cost share of the total project costs is required and must come from non-federal sources, unless otherwise allowed by law.
The FOA will build on efforts by DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program, and the authorities granted to DOE's Office of Indian Energy under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, to accelerate the deployment of energy infrastructure on tribal lands. Between 2002 and 2017, DOE invested nearly $78 million in 250 tribal energy projects implemented across the contiguous 48 states and in Alaska, through funding provided by the EERE Tribal Energy Program and DOE's Office of Indian Energy. These projects, valued at over $150 million, are leveraged by over $73 million in recipient cost share. See the Office of Indian Energy website for a map and summaries of these competitively funded projects. For more information, see past funding opportunities.

Land Buy Back Program For Tribal Nations (DOI)
Program allows interested individual owners to sell their land for immediate transfer to the recognized tribe that exercises jurisdiction. Effort will strengthen tribal sovereignty and put decision-making in the hands of the tribal government, freeing up resources that have been locked-up as land interests that have fractionated over time. Program will fund indirect costs equal to no more than 15% of the modified total direct costs. $1.9 billion is available for this 10-year program, which ends in Nov. 2022. Most awards will provide funding for no longer than 9 months. Eligibility: Tribes with jurisdiction over locations with purchasable fractional land interests. More at: 
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
This National Endowment for the Humanities helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. Eligibility: US nonprofits, state & local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. More at:
Census Challenge Waiver Form Issued
In Accordance with 1000.336(d), tribes must submit Census challenges to HUD by March 30, 2017 for consideration for the FY 2018 IHBG Formula allocation. This year, tribes/TDHEs may be notified of their Needs data by June 1, 2017 or later. As such, a Census Challenge Waiver has been issued, extending the submission deadline to March 30, 2018. Contact the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center 1-800-410-8808 with questions.

Deadline March 30, 2018.
Training Opportunities
2017 Upcoming ONAP Trainings

NAIHC Leadership Institute | Financial Management
December 4-6 | Las Vegas, NV
Registration Open Click here

HUD/NAIHC | SPONAP Admissions & Occupancy
February 7-8, 2018 | Oklahoma City, OK
Registration Open Click here
Outside Request for Proposals
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Job Opportunities
Dept. of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Director, Alaska

Dept. of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Director, Northwest

Dept. of HUD, Office of Native American Programs, Deputy Administrator, Southwest

Deputy Director, WIGA (Olympia, WA)

Executive Director- Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority

Housing developer/Construction Dept. Manager - Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority

Fiscal Officer/Acccountant - Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority

Kahua Waiwai© Education Financial Trainer- Hawaiian Community Assets

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