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Training Opportunity- Tribal Housing Excellence Development Essentials

February 25, 2020

THE Development Essentials course will provide participants with the essentials of the housing development process. In an interactive classroom setting, participants will learn:

  • The various partners involved in the development process.
  • How to determine the financial feasibility of a project.
  • The considerations in housing project underwriting.
  • The beneficial impact of leveraging IHBG with a range of available resources from Title VI to Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
  • How to apply these development principles to a case study, and their own housing projects.

THE Development Essentials course is for Tribes and Native communities that are NAHASDA recipients. To encourage attendance by multiple key stakeholders, scholarships are only available for organizations that send more than one person from a Native community or Tribe. These additional stakeholders may be housing staff, housing board members, tribal council members, planning staff or Native CDFI’s. In addition, a limited number of seats are open to nonprofit housing developers currently working in or looking to expand their work on Native lands. Participants will come away with concepts and strategies they can put to practical use in their communities. The wait list analysis tool will allow them to generate data from their own wait lists, make the case for particular paths to action and will support their efforts to raise outside funds for housing programs and development.

Date: March 17-19, 2020

Location: Aurora, Colorado

Register HERE

Training Opportunity- Understanding Program Income under NAHASDA

February 21, 2020

Participants at this 2-day training will gain a better understanding Program Income under NAHSADA. The training will provide an overview of program income. The training will discuss sources of program income and how to calculate it. Participants will learn how to appropriately spend and report program income. The training will include a case study.

Date: March 10-11, 2020

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Register at http://newregistration.firstpic.org/

Final Allocations Posted for the FY 2020 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)

February 18, 2020

The Office of Native American Programs has posted the FY 2020 IHBG final allocations to the IHBG Formula page.  Below is a list of documents available at the site. 

  • Impact of Single/Multi-Race Provision on the FY 2020 IHBG Final Allocations: Narrative, Tribes' Formula Components, and Needs Variables (MS-Excel)
  • FY 2020 Final Summary – CAS
  • FY 2020 Final Summary - Formula Area
  • FY 2020 Final Summary - Needs and Allocation
  • FY 2020 Final Summary - Section 8
  • FY 2020 Final Summaries (MS-Excel)
  • FY 2020 Final Cover Letter
  • FY 2020 Final Corrections/Challenge Log

Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Proposed Rule on Downpayment Requirements under FHA’s Single-family Mortgage Insurance Programs

February 14, 2020

HUD is developing a proposed rule to establish underwriting criteria that mortgagees must follow when underwriting a mortgage for FHA insurance that involves downpayment assistance provided by state, local, and Tribal governments.

This letter is to inform you about this rulemaking effort. In accordance with HUD’s Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation Policy, HUD is seeking your views as a tribal leader on items that should be included as we develop these policy proposals. You may submit your comments to HUD within 30 days of the date of this letter by e-mail to: HUDRegsTribalConsult@hud.gov

Thereafter, you will be notified if a proposed rule is published in the federal Register, and you will have another opportunity to comment through the public comment process.

Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Two-Year Notices of Funding Availability for ONAP Competitive Programs

February 13, 2020

The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) recently revised the way in which it awards competitive grant funding. In previous years, ONAP awarded appropriated grant funds using a one-year Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).  However, when ONAP competed grant funding appropriated for the recent Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive program, it awarded funding appropriated for both FY 2018 and FY 2019 under a single two-year NOFA.  Similarly, HUD recently posted a two-year NOFA for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program and is currently competing funding appropriated for both FY 2019 and FY 2020 under this competition. The decision to move to this new format was made, in part, to encourage long-term planning and to further support the development of larger projects.  

While the two-year NOFA approach has its advantages, some Tribal housing practitioners have also informally expressed concerns to ONAP regarding this change in how ONAP awards competitive funds.

As part of HUD’s commitment to robust tribal consultation, HUD is requesting your feedback regarding this two-year NOFA format for future planning. Specifically, ONAP is interested in hearing from you about whether this new format is practical and workable for you and your staff, and whether ONAP should continue to award competitive funding in the future using this two-year NOFA format.

View the entire letter and obtain additional information for providing comments; HERE.

Title VI- Loan Leveraging: Training with Results

February 13, 2020

What if you could construct new homes by leveraging your annual Indian Housing Block Grant?

Join us in beautiful, Portland, Oregon, and find out how you can take your affordable housing project from concept through construction to completion!

What: Title VI – Leveraging resources to build new homes

When:March 24-25, 2020

Where: 8th Floor East, Regional Director’s Conference Room, 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232

Who Should attend? Housing Directors, Construction Managers, Board of Commissioners, Planners, Financial Officers and Directors.

At this training, you’ll learn how a Title VI loan can help you build more homes today by leveraging other resources. We’ll walk you through the advantages of Title VI, the loan process, and ideas for maximizing your dollars.

DAY ONE (General Overview) DAY TWO (Practical Information)
Title VI Loan Guarantee Program Sample Title VI documentation
Section 184 Program and how it can help Schedule a one-on-one time with HUD
Title VI application process Decide the best sources of funding
Types of eligible projects Explore whether the project is financially feasible

By the end of the day, you should know if this program is right for your Tribe.

There is no fee for this course and registration is open now! Click here to register for the training

No hotel rooms have been reserved for this training.

The nearest hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, (503) 281-6111

EnVision Centers in Oklahoma- Connecting to Empower

February 12, 2020

Oklahoma Envision Center Collaboration Michelle Tinnin, Sharon Gordon-Ribeiro and Jill S. Yu
Left-Right (Michelle Tinnin, Sharon Gordon-Ribeiro and Jill S. Yu)

On January 28, 2020, Michelle Tinnin, Native American Program Specialist in the Southern Plains Office of Native American Programs (SPONAP); and Sharon Gordon-Ribeiro, Field Office Director for the Oklahoma City Office of Field Policy Management (FPM); hosted the first-ever EnVision Center Demonstration collaboration for Oklahoma.  Federal and State partners attending the event included; the U.S. Small Business Administration, Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma/Canadian Counties, Homeless Alliance (Oklahoma City), Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, Oklahoma City Housing Authority, Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board.  The goal of the collaboration is to build a network of partners and support systems that will facilitate economic opportunities and empower Americans to lead self-sufficient lives by connecting them with a variety of resources and tools.

Jill S. Yu, from the Office of Field Policy and Management in Washington, D.C., provided an overview of the EnVision Center demonstration program which is premised on the notion that financial support alone is insufficient to solve the problem of poverty. Intentional and collective efforts across a diverse set of organizations are needed to implement a holistic approach to foster long-lasting self-sufficiency. EnVision Centers provide communities with a centralized hub for support in the following four pillars: (1) Economic Empowerment, (2) Educational Advancement, (3) Health and Wellness, and (4) Character and Leadership.

As one of seventeen entities selected for the original EnVision Center pilot, the Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation, was the first tribe to participate and successfully develop an EnVision Center in Indian Country.  Staff from the Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation shared lessons learned, potential pitfalls and their overall experience as a forerunner in the EnVision Center demonstration.

For more information on EnVision Centers visit HUD’s website: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/envisioncenters/home.html 

Save the Date- ONAP Best Practices Webinar Featuring Blackfeet Housing's Glacier Heights Housing Development

February 3, 2020

As part of ONAP's National Best Practice Webinar Series, on March 4, 2020, ONAP will feature the Blackfeet Housing's recent completion of 40 single family homes developed with a loan guaranteed under HUD’s Title VI program. In 18 of the homes (and a purchased duplex), they are housing 20 formerly homeless veterans and their families with the assistance of Tribal Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (THUD-VASH) funds.

To register: Click Here

To join the webinar:

Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Updates List of Federally Recognized Tribes

February 3, 2020 

On January 30, 2020 , the Department of Interior published the current list of 574 Tribal entities recognized by and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) by virtue of their status as Indian Tribes. The list is updated from the notice published on February 1, 2019 (84 FR 1200).

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