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Introduction to Indian Housing Management



The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996 gives tribal governments unprecedented flexibility in developing housing programs that meet the specific needs of their communities. But the Act also requires strict accountability and sound management practices. Learn some of the most important aspects of Indian housing management under NAHASDA in this two-day class.

This hands-on class will take you through a brief history of NAHASDA, focusing on the nuts and bolts, as well as the requirements of the law. You’ll review the development of one-year housing plans and discuss tactics for implementing them. You’ll also explore strategies for strengthening the TDHE’s capacity to manage the complexities of a tribal housing program.

Join our experienced instructor and gain an understanding of key housing management principles, such as managing risk, dealing with tenant complaints, developing and enforcing admissions and occupancy requirements, internal and external reporting requirements and much more. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop the skills that you need to run a successful Indian housing program. Register today.


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Historical Overview
  • Indian housing before NAHASDA
  • Legal foundations for Indian Housing Authorities (IHA)
  • The organization and function of the IHA
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reinvention
NAHASDA and Indian Housing Today
  • Funding
  • Housing plan development
  • Policies and procedures
  • Reporting
Organizational Options
  • Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE)
  • Tribal department
  • Nonprofit
Developing Your Housing Plan
  • One-year plan
  • Strategies
  • Implementation
Policies and Procedures
  • Statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Monitoring roles and responsibilities
  • Internal controls
  • Communicating policies and procedures
Capacity Building
  • Financial capacity
  • Management capacity
  • Risk management
  • Human resources
Program Development and Management
  • Designing a housing strategy:
    • Rehabilitation
    • Rental, lease with option to purchase
    • Homeownership
  • Project management
  • Starting a housing counseling program
Admissions and Occupancy Management
  • Income requirements
  • Program design
Eviction Procedures
  • Drugs
  • Non-payment of rent
  • Fix the violation notice
  • Notice and eviction process
  • 30 days vs. 60 days notice
  • Filing eviction papers with the court
Resolving Complaints
  • Complaint management
  • Due process
  • Reducing complaints
  • Fair resolutions
Monitoring
  • Reporting (internal and external)
  • Tracking software
  • Self-assessment
The Audit Function
  • Role of commissioners/tribal council
  • Audit requirements
  • Selecting an audit firm
  • Audit opinions

*Topics subject to change.

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