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NAHASDA: Native American Housing
Assistance and Self-Determination Act




Date: April 14 - 15, 2014
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Hotel: Embassy Suites (4315 Swenson St)
  For a room rate of $125, please call 702-795-2800 by March 29 and mention Falmouth Institute. To book a room online, please click here.
Tuition:   $779

Each year, housing commissioners, executive directors and attorneys must address hundreds of issues surrounding housing disputes. Anyone working with Indian housing authorities needs a solid understanding of the laws and regulations that affect their daily activities.

This class provides a detailed analysis of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act — P.L. 104-330— and its impact on tribal housing authorities and tribal governments. It will help you design a housing strategy that will enable you to capitalize on your assets. You’ll explore ways to increase revenue and various types of programs that can be developed with NAHASDA funds. Other topics, such as the management responsibilities of housing authorities and organizing under NAHASDA, will be covered extensively.


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Indian Housing — An Historical Perspective
  • Legal foundations of Indian Housing Authorities (IHAs)
  • Typical problems of IHP management
  • The Annual Contributions Contract (ACC)
  • The tribal ordinance
  • Emergence of NAHASDA
Organization and Function of IHAs
  • Staffing and services
  • Role of the commissioners
  • Tools of control
  • Tenants’ legal rights and responsibilities
Understanding NAHASDA
  • What NAHASDA has to do with me?
  • Where are we in compliance with NAHASDA?
  • NAHASDA key points
  • Compliance with the Civil Rights Act
  • Policy requirements and issues
  • NAHASDA Reauthorization
Eligible Activities and Eligible Families
  • Costs and activities
  • Affordable housing activities
  • Administrative expenses
  • Income restrictions
  • Restrictions on service(s)
  • Determining needs
Organizing Under NAHASDA
  • NAHASDA flexibility
  • Organizational options
  • Tribal development commission
  • Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs)
  • Optional ordinance modifications
The TDHE
  • Operations
  • Services provided
  • Structure
  • What to consider as a TDHE
Mandatory Management and Implementation Issues
  • Compliance criteria
  • Annual assessments
  • Progressive corrective actions
  • Disclosure
  • Program requirements
  • Environmental assessment
  • Monitoring
Contents of an Indian Housing Plan (IHP)
  • Statutory requirements
  • Five-year plan
  • One-year plan
  • Statement of needs
  • Tribal profile
  • Current status and future needs
  • Financial resources
Reporting NAHASDA Activities
  • Annual Performance Report (APR)
  • APR questions
  • Public meetings
Developing the IHP
  • The planning cycle
  • Process overview
  • IHP requirements outline
  • IHP components
  • Plan form
  • Monitoring the IHP
Re-Examining the Way We Do Business
  • Methods for leveraging NAHASDA funds
  • Means of increasing revenue
  • Programs that can be developed with NAHASDA funds
  • The planning cycle
  • Housing strategy assessment
  • Section 184 — homeownership opportunities and the loan process
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Proposed rule to amend the use of IHBG funds
Capitalizing on Your Assets
  • Financing affordable housing
  • Revenue stream flowchart
  • Traditional bank financing
  • How a housing certificate fund works

*Topics subject to change.

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