ONAP logo American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs Study

In response to Congress’s mandate to assess Native American housing needs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development commissioned the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs. The study produced five separate reports, issued in December 2016 and January 2017. The reports contain a comprehensive and authoritative body of information on the current state of housing conditions and resources in Native American communities.

To access the reports, and for more information on the study, please go here: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/native_american_assessment/home.html

The study assessed the housing needs of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Additionally, summary information about overall population characteristics, geographic locations, and economic conditions of the population were analyzed.

The major elements of the study included:

  • A literature review of existing studies and reports about American Indians, so that the history of social, economic, and housing policies and programs affecting AIAN persons could be fully understood.
  • Consultations with experts on American Indian communities. An expert panel was assembled and included scholars and Indian representatives to provide guidance on the research design, check information on culture and history, and help interpret findings.
  • Additional interviews with housing experts and national and regional officials responsible for program implementation to gain insights on policy trends and options as well as program organization, interrelationships, and performance.
  • Field interviews with Indian housing officials, tribal leaders, and staff at a representative sample of reservations and other tribal areas. Extensive in-person interviews about local institutional arrangements and procedures, housing problems, program activity, and experience with and attitudes about federal programs.
  • Field interviews with a sample of households in tribal areas, and observations of their housing conditions, to obtain direct information on housing problems, housing tenure, location preferences, and reactions to government housing programs.
  • Telephone interviews with Indian housing officials nationally, to obtain comprehensive information on institutional characteristics, program activity, and performance.
  • Interviews and case studies about Indian communities in urban areas to identify housing conditions, needs, and prospects.
  • A small study of lenders in the sample sites.