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Environmental Review Training – March 13 – 15 in Scottsdale, AZ
February 15, 2018

Learn the ins and outs of environmental review. This 3-day training will offer IHBG Grantees the skills to successfully carry out an environmental review. Training will include detailed instructions on meeting the legislative and regulatory requirements of environmental review, assistance in devising standard procedures for conducting and documenting an environmental review, specific instruction for carrying out environmental review responsibilities, levels of environmental review, and key steps in the environmental review process. As we answer questions common to the environmental review process, tribes and TDHEs will be encouraged to share advice and best practices, to help you avoid common pitfalls.  For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

Dear Tribal Leader Letter regarding Section 184 Listening Sessions 
February 6, 2018

HUD ONAP is seeking to consult with Tribal Nations and Tribal Leaders at the beginning of the Section 184 regulation drafting process in accordance with the HUD Government-to-Government Consultation Policy. Click Here to read full text of the Dear Tribal Leader Letter. 

To kick off this consultation, HUD will be holding two listening sessions:

  • February 12-15, 2018 at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2018 Executive Council Winter Session in Washington, DC.
  • March 5-7, 2018 at the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) 2018 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. 

Vacancy Announcement: Directory of Grants Evaluation HUD Office of Native American Programs in Washington, DC 
February 6, 2018

The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is responsible for policy development and implementation of all ONAP programs in the assigned geographical area. Deadline to apply extended to February 14, 2018Apply Here (Public Announcement) and (Internal Announcement).

Earned Income Tax Credit Toolkit and Outreach Resources 
February 6, 2018

The EITC provides more money back at tax time for about 30 million low- and moderate-income working  families. The EITC is a tax benefit for working people who earn lower or moderate incomes. The credit  offsets taxes, supplements very low wages, and encourages work.

The EITC can help cover any federal income tax workers may owe at tax time. Besides offsetting taxes,  workers earning lower wages may also get cash back through the EITC refund. Eligible workers who claim  the EITC on their tax return can receive a refund even if they do not owe income tax.

Single and married people who worked full- or part-time at some point during 2017 can qualify for the  EITC, if their income is below the following limits:

Number of
Qualifying Children



EITC Up to:













3 or more




Unfortunately, one in five eligible workers doesn’t claim the tax credit. You can help get the word out by including fliers in your office and including information in your newsletters, food bank bags, and community events.

HUD’s Office of Native American Programs would like to remind folks about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and request your assistance in sharing information about the EITC and free tax preparations services with your residents.


February 1, 2018

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to recognize developers, organizations, and agencies for their success in advancing the goals of historic preservation while providing affordable housing and/or expanded economic opportunities for low-and moderate-income families and individuals. In addition, nominated projects or activities will be judged for the success they have achieved in preserving, rehabilitating, restoring, and interpreting our architectural and cultural heritage. Eligible projects must meet the following criteria:

Promote the use of historic buildings for affordable housing, community development, and/or expanded economic opportunities
Include HUD funds or financing
Meet preservation guidelines
Contribute to local and/or tribal community revitalization efforts
For more information, CLICK HERE.

Hopi Housing Opens Homes In Winslow, Arizona

January 18, 2018

The Hopi Tribal Housing Authority (HTHA) showcased an open house of 40 new homes in Winslow, Arizona Jan. 9 that ranged from one to five bedrooms on land purchased by the Hopi Tribe.  To read full article, CLICK HERE.

Save the Dates: Air Quality Planning for Wildland Smoke

This webinar series will provide attendees with an understanding of the impacts of wildland smoke on the health of tribal communities and strategies to minimize exposure. Each 90-minute webinar will feature multiple presentations on the topics listed below. The webinars are free and open to anyone; registration for the webinars will be available in late November. The webinars will be recorded.

Webinar 1 – January 18, 2018, 2:00 pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME

We will explore the components of wildland smoke, how much is produced under different circumstances, and how the components of smoke affect our health.


Webinar 2 – February 1, 2018, 2:00 pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME

This webinar will look at modeling of smoke movement, the role of air resources advisors (ARAs), and the use of portable monitors or sensors to collect data.


Webinar 3 – February 15, 2018, 2:00 pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME

Gathering and disseminating information to our communities before, during, and after a smoke event is critical to ensuring the health and safety of our communities.  This webinar will provide tips and strategies for finding information, using social media, and developing outreach products.


Webinar 4 – March 1, 2018, 2:00 pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME

In this webinar, Tribal presenters will describe how smoke events impacted their communities, how utilizing monitoring data during a wildfire can help identify health risks, and how tribes can better prepare for wildfire seasons.


Webinar 5 – March 15, 2018, 2:00 pm EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME

With smoke events increasingly common, the final webinar will provide information on preparing homes for smoke intrusion, using air scrubbers, creating community cleaner-air shelters, and protecting the health of pets and livestock.

Tribal staff have an opportunity to participate in a hands-on workshop designed to reinforce the concepts presented in the webinar series. Workshop participants will learn and practice additional skills that will aid in preparation for wildland smoke events. All webinars must be completed prior to the in-person workshop (scheduled for Boise, Idaho, March 27-28, 2018). The in-person workshop application will be available in mid-December on the ITEP website

For additional information please contact Pat Ellsworth, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, at or 928-523-672.

2017 FEMA Region 10 Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning Coffee Break Webinar Series

November 29, 2017

Other Upcoming Coffee Break Webinars

December Webinar
Register for December’s webinar: “Informing Recovery through Mitigation Planning” 

Visit the FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning Coffee Break Webinar Series Portal
Past monthly webinars, future online training, resources, and upcoming in-person training



Recording (Closed Captioning)



Introduction to Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning

January Recording

January Materials


Building the Mitigation Planning Team

February Recording

February Materials


Effective Public Engagement in Mitigation Planning

March Recording

March Materials


FEMA Mitigation Planning Grant

April Recording

April Materials


Performing Natural Hazard Risk Assessments

May Recording

May Materials


Integrating CWPPs and NHMPs

June Recording

June Materials


Developing an Effective Mitigation Strategy

July Recording

July Materials


Incorporating Climate Adaptation into Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning

August Recording

August Materials

About the Coffee Break Webinar Series

The FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning team introduces the Mitigation Planning Coffee Break Webinar Series for 2017. Each month we will spend 1 hour discussing a different mitigation planning topic. We will provide best practices, highlight work from Region 10 tribes, states, and cities, and have guest speakers share their experience with mitigation plans and mitigation planning.

Contact Brett Holt, FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning Program Manager, at for more information.

To request closed captioning service contact me at least 5 business days in advance.


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 or David Southerland at

Contact Information

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