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Service Area: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico & Ysleta del Sur

Training Opportunity

Virtual Training

The HUD Region IX Office of Environment and Energy (OEE) will offer this live, on-line, training session to enable participants to better determine the appropriate level of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review by applying HUD regulation, policy, and guidance. Candidates for this training include individuals that perform Part 58 or Part 50 environmental reviews. Staff representing a Responsible Entity (RE), a non-RE grant recipient, other HUD beneficiaries and partners, HUD, and consulting firms are welcome to attend. This is considered an advanced course, and participants should have experience determining whether projects qualify for an Exemption, a Categorical Exclusion Not Subject to 58.5 (CENST), a Categorical Exclusion Subject to 58.5 (CEST), or an Environmental Assessment (EA). Individuals lacking such working knowledge must review the recording of HUD Region IX OEE’s training on Determining Level of NEPA Review from September 2020 (https://hud.adobeconnect.com/p6p52ogevnjn/) as a prerequisite to participation in this workshop. (Note that the recording will not play using Internet Explorer; most other popular web browsers are supported.)

When: September 8, 2021 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. PDT

To register for the workshop, please visit http://www.hud.gov/emarc/index.cfm?fuseaction=emar.registerEvent&eventId=4145&update=N. Registration will close September 1, 2021, or when 250 people have enrolled, whichever occurs first.

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TOKA Homes #3 honored with Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award

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TOKA Homes #3 is a 2020 recipient of the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award (Edson Awards) in the Rural category. Administered by the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, the Edson Awards recognize affordable housing developments and organizations that have demonstrated especially impactful use of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

“We congratulate the Tohono O’odham Ki:Ki Association (TOKA) on their well-deserved Edson Award,” said Elizabeth Glynn, Travois CEO. “The Low Income Housing Tax Credit helps tribal communities to build desperately needed housing, where traditional financing is especially challenging. We’re proud to have worked with TOKA on this important development to bring new homes and amenities to community members.”

Announced each year from the nation’s capital, the awards honor LIHTC developments that are strengthening communities, improving residents’ opportunity and boosting economies in urban, suburban and rural areas across the country. The awards come at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact have intensified the need for affordable housing, compounding the challenge facing at-risk families and individuals already struggling to pay rent.

Developed by Tohono O’odham Ki:Ki Association, TOKA Homes III provides 38 new affordable homes in the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation in Tucson, AZ. To make this development possible, LIHTCs were awarded by the Arizona Department of Housing, resulting in $8.7 million provided by American Express and syndicated by Red Stone Equity Partners. Travois served as the consultant and architect and Kappcon served as the general contractor. Of the 38 new homes, 24 serve families with children, two of the townhomes are ADA accessible and one of the single-family units can accommodate those who are sensory impaired. The development is located near tribal services and amenities, a grocery store, health center, public park, public library, high-quality primary education and public transportation. Also available to residents is before and after-school educational assistance, financial literacy classes, computer training and job training. Door-to-door transportation services are also provided at no cost.

Community Building

​“The Tohono O’odham Ki:Ki Association has been an essential part of the Tohono O’odham Nation for over fifty years. Thanks to their efforts, the Tohono O’odham people are leading the way in innovative solutions to providing high-quality, affordable housing to their people,” wrote U.S. Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz., 03), in a letter of congratulations. “With COVID-19 ravaging tribal communities and an eviction crisis looming on the horizon across the country, urgent solutions are needed to ensure affordable housing for everyone. The TOKA Homes III development is emblematic of the creativity we need at this time. It’s an example of the Tohono O’odham’s commitment to affordable housing that not just provides working families with houses, but a community. I want to commend them for this tremendous honor and look forward to continuing to work with my tribal partners to ensure affordable housing for everyone.”

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Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership

Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership CoverThe Center for Indian Country Development's Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership provides detailed examples, case studies, checklists, and information on developing affordable homeownership in Indian Country. This essential guide provides information on new mortgage programs (government and private), the new kinds of lenders (loan funds, Native CDFIs), and the new energies that are transforming Indian housing. Download a copy HERE.



Updated Healthy Home Checklist from EPA/CDC/HUD/DHHS

Home assessments can help make homes healthier. Checklist covers the major contributors to asthma and allergies, with suggested action items that are generally simple and low cost. Download a copy HERE 


HUD’s Office of Native American Programs offers FREE Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities for a wide variety of tribal housing and related issues. To request specialized Technical Assistance and/or Training from SWONAP click here and complete the form and email to Debbie Broermann at Deborah.S.Broermann@hud.gov or Cheryl Dixon Zuni at CherylDixonZuni@hud.gov

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Phoenix Office
One North Central Avenue, Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ, 85004-2361
Telephone: (602) 379-7200
FAX: (602) 379-3101

Albuquerque Office
500 Gold Avenue SW, 7th Floor, Suite 7301
PO Box 906, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0906
Phone: (505) 346-6923
FAX: (505) 346-7220


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