Native Housing Update

-Updates from National American Indian Housing Council
May 16, 2017
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In This Issue
Meet the Staff
Tony Walters-Executive Director
Cherokee Nation 
Pamala Silas-
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    
Cristy Davies-
Events Planner    
FY17 Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG)
The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Indian Community Development Block Grant for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages (ICDBG) is available on

The Application Deadline Date is May 18, 2017.

More information on the ICDBG program available below.

The NAIHC is disappointed that President Trump called into question the Native American Housing Block Grants funding in his signing statement for the FY17 appropriations bill. Tribal programs are rooted in the United States' trust responsibilities and treaty obligations towards Indian Tribes and Native Americans. These programs are not based on race or ethnicity but rather on the centuries-long political relationship between Tribes and the United States. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to ensure that tribal programs, and particularly those that help provide safe, affordable housing in Indian Country, are adequately funded and managed effectively.
NAIHC and United Tribes Technical College enter MOA to provide Continuing Education Units to Housing Professionals
NAIHC Executive Director Tony Walters and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) President Leander McDonald have signed a Memorandum of Agreement that will allow participants receiving training at select NAIHC workshops to also gain Continuing Education Units from the UTTC Office of Extended Learning. This is exciting news that will enhance tribal housing professionals credentials and skillsets. More information will become available as the details are finalized, and UTTC representatives will be on hand at the NAIHC AMERIND Annual Convention and Tradeshow to explain how you can take advantage of this opportunity.

Save the Date:
Legal Symposium  
Date: 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.

Registration is not open!
NAIHC & Census Bureau MOU for Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS)
The Tribal BAS allows the Census Bureau to correctly count your community's residents and the federal government uses Census Bureau data to allocate more than $400 billion annually in federal funds for infrastructure, programs, and services.

You will not need to fill out the form:

If your tribe has no changes to report to the reservation or off-reservation trust land boundary that the Census Bureau has on file for them, please email or

You will need to submit the survey, if your tribe meets any of the below criteria, please have the tribe fill out the annual response form online.
  1. A tribe has changes to the reservation or off-reservation trust land boundaries that the Census Bureau has on file for them
  2. A tribe has new reservation or off-reservation trust land to report
  3.  A tribe would like to view the boundaries that the Census Bureau has on file for their reservation and off-reservation trust land.
Access to Housing and Economic Assistance for Development (AHEAD) Program
The AHEAD Program supports targeted economic development projects and non-AHP-eligible housing initiatives that create or preserve jobs, deliver social services, training or educational programs, or other services and programs that benefit low- and moderate-income communities. AHEAD grants are awarded through members to community groups annually.
  • Foster economic development and promote community stability and self-sufficiency
  • Support diverse approaches to addressing core community and market needs
  • Fund the development, launch, growth, or extension of eligible projects or programs
Key Advantages
  • Opportunity to build relationships with community organizations that can lead to new business opportunities
  • Funds can be used to pay for a wide variety of development and operating costs
  • Grants are awarded based on AHEAD program eligibility and project evaluation
Register for a webinar today!\
AHEAD Program Webinar: Tuesday, May 16, 9:30-11:00 am PDT
NAIHC Job Opportunities
Deputy Director position in Washington DC
The National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) is seeking to fill the full-time position of Deputy Director for the national office in Washington, DC. This high-level position serves as a senior leader on organizational operations and reports directly to the Executive Director. The position directs all aspects of the organization's administrative services and operations in support of NAIHC.
This position supervises administrative personnel and coordinates departmental administrative personnel for general clerical, financial and administrative support activities; assures that good customer service is provided from support staff through proper training and mentoring; works closely with the Executive Director for planning, budgeting, member services, management and grant management. The Deputy Director is responsible for procurement and contracting services and for the development, implementation and monitoring of written policies governing NAIHC. The Deputy Director works closely with the Executive Director to ensure that the program, events and financial objectives of NAIHC's strategic plan are met. This position provides support in the areas of grant writing, program compliance, statistical analysis, project/program development, technical assistance, and facilitates collection and analysis of membership data including periodic membership needs assessment.
Minimum candidate qualifications include: Bachelor's degree in accounting, business or related field; Minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in non-profits, including experience in non-profit finance, internal controls, policy, human resource management, program development, and event planning. Must possess excellent supervisory and planning skills ; strong written and oral communication skills.
Candidates should send their resume and cover letter to . Please place "Deputy Director" in the subject line. For more information on NAIHC visit . Position will be open until filled.

Deadline: Open until filled
Program Assistant position in Washington DC
The National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) is seeking to fill the full-time position of Program Assistant. This Program Assistant position will focus on NAIHC's training and technical assistance activities (T/TA) and general office administration.
The position coordinates day-to-day processes for NAIHC T/TA programs. This includes collecting, maintaining and organizing all program database records and files including student attendance, examinations, certificates and scholarship applications ; updating NAIHC website with timely, accurate information and forms for all program events and programs ; assisting in the preparation of program reports by gathering statistical information in fulfillment of program reporting requirements. The position is also responsible for providing printed promotional materials related to programs, products and services for distribution ; coordinating travel; providing instructors with materials including registration list; assisting with reconciliation of tuition fees, membership payments, credit cards and other program transactions; reviewing expense reports and payables submitted by field staff and consultant invoices for accuracy and required documentation of products and services delivered. The position drafts all correspondence to students who complete all requirements for PIHM and coordinates all logistics for recognition of students at NAIHC events.   The position also d rafts RFP's for presenters and consultants and coordinates the selection process and timeline .
General office duties will also include logging and distributing incoming mail and preparing mailings; participating in staff meetings, retreats, strategic planning sessions, and organizational meetings; and procuring resources, services and supplies to meet NAIHC office needs. The position will also cross train with other NAIHC staff, to provide back-up assistance to other Program Assistant positions.
Candidate skills required include: Bachelor's degree in business, social services or related field; Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in non-profits, including experience in grant and program support ; strong knowledge of computer systems , possess excellent customer service skills ; strong written and oral communication skills. This position requires a highly organized individual with time-management, accuracy, web and desktop publishing skills.
Candidates should send their resume and cover letter to . Please place "Program Assistant" in the subject line. For more information on NAIHC visit . Position will be open until filled.

Deadline: Open until filled
Census Challenge Waiver

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.

Deadline June 1, 2017. 
Annual Convention & Trade Show
 | June 26 - 29 | Nashville, TN |
| Registration Open |

Hotel/Meeting Venue 

Nashville Music City Center
201 5th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

The Annual Convention & Tradeshow is your prime opportunity to network with other Tribal leaders, Administrators and Business Professionals. You will gain knowledge and new strategies about topics like workplace safety, claims, housing management, human resources, other various safety issues and much more!

For information on the following:
Hotel Accomodations
George Nolan Award Nomination Form
The Virginia Kizer Award Nomination Form
Sponsorship Opportunities
Exhibitor Information
Presentation Opportunities

Please click link below!
2017 AMERIND NAIHC Convention & Tradeshow
Welcome Reception:  A Night of Honky Tonkin' Fun
| Monday June 26 at 6:00pm GMT |

Are you flying in in time to attend this year's Welcome Reception?

You will not want to miss this evening of live music, line dancing, good Southern food and fun. Attendees can come together for delicious Southern style hors d'oeuvres and networking. Then stay to enjoy the live band and line dancing lessons!

Wildhorse Saloon Fun Facts
  • 3000 gallons of BBQ sauce used annually
  • 2+ million pickle slices in our famous fried pickle recipe used annually
  • 4,000+ TV shows and tapings since our opening
  • Once had a BEATLE on stage (Ringo)

Sponsorship Opportunities
NAIHC offers sponsorship opportunities at various levels for companies, tribes, and other organizations interested in increasing their visibility at the NAIHC Convention. In addition to receiving recognition at the event and in our printed materials, event sponsors will have the opportunity to exhibit at our Trade Show and network with key people and organizations. We are also offering the opportunity to advertise in our Convention Program.

  • Ability to target specific regions.
  • Reach members via Native Housing Update e-blast with a 57% open rate! National average for non-profits is 11%.
  • Connect with 333 Housing Authorities & THDE.
Once you've determined which sponsorship best suit your organization, please get in touch with us.

Anthony Walters- Executive Director
phone: (202)-454-0928

Thursday June 1, 2017 | 1:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME
Call-in #: (267) 930-4000
Passcode: 814-641-180

Any questions please email: Valerie Butterbredt at
Funding Task Force will be an adhoc work group and report to the NAIHC Legislative Committee.
Wednesday May 17, 2017.
Time: 1:30pm EST 

Please sign up below to receive more information regarding the conference call line.

Any questions please email: Valerie Butterbredt at

NAIHC has worked with Regional Housing Associations (RHA's) to prepare a comprehensive list of legislative priorities for NAIHC's Legislative committee. The Committee shall further develop, finalize, and take any action on the final list which will be submitted to the Board as NAIHC's Legislative Priorities.  
GOAL: Develop a white paper that NAIHC and members can provide to their Congressional representatives. White paper would include:
  • Background of topic
  • What's the specific ask? (legislative provision? Letter/oversight to Agency? Etc.)
  • Who's impacted by NO action?
  • Successful anecdote of the program being successful (either past occurrence or prospective project)
More information needed:
  1.  Expand the Bureau of Indian Affairs Housing Improvement Program, ensure transparent application and evaluation process
  2. Increase backing for "supportive services" for housing (to enable more wraparound housing services) and include, but not be limited to, relaxing restrictions on eligible activities
  3. Direct Tribally Designated Housing Entity Grant eligibility for HUD Programs, such as HOME
  4. Improved federal consultation processes and practices
  5. Seeking a floodplain exemption similar to States and Public Housing have
  6. Include case management in HUD/VASH Programs
Statutory change required:
  1. NAHASDA Statute
  2. Deliver Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) funds in accordance with NAHASDA, and to retain T/TA management within Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), not moved to HUD's Policy Development & Research (PD&R)
  3. Extend the time for rebuilding demolished buildings
Refer to Funding Taskforce:
  1. Increase Indian Housing Block Grant annual appropriations. Reasonable funding for Native American housing programs (NAIHC Resolution 2016-02)
  2. Advocate for single agency source of funding for infrastructure and site development
  3. Funding for homeless population programs
  4. Allocate $100 million a year to tribes to combat methamphetamine issues throughout Indian communities
NAIHC Resolutions Process
Wednesday June 28, 2017
Nashville, Tennessee

In accordance with the Bylaws of the National American Indian Housing Council, the NAIHC Annual Meeting of the Members will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Nashville Music City Center 201 5th Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee.

As required under Article XVIII of the NAIHC Bylaws, the bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted by a resolution if at least thirty days written notice is given either by mail or facsimile to each voting member of intention to alter, amend or repeal or to adopt new bylaws at the meeting. This written notice must include the proposed bylaw amendment and is required to be delivered via mail.

Deadline for changes to bylaws: Friday June 2, 2017. Changes will be provided to membership by Friday June 9,
2017. Resolutions presented on the floor that purport to change the bylaws will not be entertained.

This allows time for draft resolutions to be copied in advance for distribution at the Members Meeting. Resolutions can be mailed to 122 C Street NW Suite 350 Washington, DC 20001 or emailed to Additional resolutions can be submitted to the membership from the floor during the NAIHC Business Meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2016.

These resolutions must be in the proper resolution format and 200 copies must be made by the draftee(s) for the

Any resolution proposed for a vote of the membership at a duly-called meeting will require an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3rds) of the voting members present at any regular or special meeting of the members (Article XIX). Resolutions for consideration at the Members' Meeting should be submitted to the NAIHC Office in Washington, DC by 5:00 p.m. EST by Friday June 2, 2017.
Annual Meeting Proxy
If you are unable to attend the business meeting and would like to vote by proxy, please submit a proxy to: Valerie Butterbredt at or by fax (202-789-1758).

Deadline for Proxies Tuesday June 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. GMT.

Thereafter, proxies for the Members' Meeting will not be accepted. If you prefer to mail your proxy to the NAIHC Office in Washington, DC, it must be received no later than Wednesday, May 1st 2017. See attached proxy form.
2017 Upcoming ONAP Trainings
Leadership Institute
Indian Housing Management
May 16-18 | Tampa, FL
 Registration Open  Click here

HUD/NAIHC Training
Procurement & Contract Management
May 23-24 | Phoenix, AZ
 Registration Open  Click here

HUD/NAIHC Training
Basic Financial Management
May 24-25 | Rapid City, SD
 Registration Open  Click here

HUD/NAIHC Training
Financial Management
June 20-22 | Chicago, IL
 Registration Open  Click here

HUD/NAIHC Training
Self-Monitoring Training
July 19-21 | Phoenix, AZ
 Registration Open  Click here

HUD/NAIHC Training
Self-Sufficiency Training
August 23-24 | Portland, OR
 Registration Open  Click here

Outside Request for Proposals
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa- RFP for Project Finance

Want to post your Native Housing Request for Proposals click the link below!

Posts will be active for 30 days. Voting Members receive this as a membership benefit. 
Job Opportunities
Deputy Director- National American Indian Housing Council

Program Assistant- National American Indian Housing Council

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