Next GLIHA Meeting

The next GLIHA meeting will be conducted at the Island Resort and Casino in Wilson, Michigan on March 17-18, 2020. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on March 17th and will be completed by 1:00 p.m. on March 18th. Room reservations can be made by calling 906-723-2144 and asking for booking code #13C361.

Program Guidance- No. 2019-05 FBI Criminal History Guidance

Purpose: This guidance updates and replaces NAHASDA Guidance No. 20 13-08, Update to Instructions for Obtaining FBI Criminal History Record Information, August 19, 2013. It advises Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE5) on the process for obtaining Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history record information of adult applicants for employment or current and prospective tenants for purposes of applicant screening, lease enforcement, and eviction.

Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive Awards Announced

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced nearly $200 million in grant awards to 52 Native American Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) across the Nation for new housing construction, housing rehabilitation, and critical infrastructure projects. HUD announced the grants during the 2019 National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Legal Symposium in Las Vegas.

“HUD is excited for this new opportunity to better serve Native American communities through our government-to-government relationship with the Tribes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “I look forward to seeing the new housing units and renovations the Tribes will complete with this much needed investment in affordable housing.”

These grants will be awarded through HUD’s Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program to help construct approximately 1,200 new housing units for low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other Indian areas, and spur economic opportunities in distressed communities to help our neediest families. Additionally, our Tribal partners are maximizing this investment by leveraging an estimated $90 million dollars in additional resources. Many of the grantees announced today are located in Opportunity Zones. Created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones aim to stimulate long-term investments in low-income communities.

 Congratulations to the successfully funded GLIHA projects.

StateGrant RecipientAmount
MichiganBay Mills Indian Community $1,823,713
Minnesota Lower Sioux Indian Housing Authority $1,597,125
Wisconsin Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority  $4,845,656
Minnesota Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority  $2,250,000
Michigan Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan $3,967,260
Michigan Sault Tribe Housing Authority   $5,000,000


GLIHA Quarterly Meeting

A GLIHA quarterly meeting was held November 18-20, 2019 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.  There were a total of 55 participants at this meeting representing 23 GLIHA members. Congratulations on the exceptional turnout!  The next GLIHA meeting will be held March 17-18, 2020 at the Hannahville Indian Community in Wilson, Michigan. Additional information on this meeting will be forthcoming.  Below are links to the PowerPoints that were presented at the most recent meeting in the order that they appeared on the agenda.

  1. Zoe Lebeau: GLIHA-Zoe (1)
  2. Rick Smith: GLIHA Presentation – Rick
  3. Shane Begay: GLIHA Presentation
  4. Chris Collins: Tribal Housing Association Presentation
  5. Ben Shockey: GLIHA Presentation – Ben
  6. Casey Crump:
    a)Guidance for cleanup of homes where Methamphetamine has
    c)California Children Exposure Analysis 022709
    d)nihms-1504172 (2)
  7. Bob Gauthier:
    a)Great Lakes PPT 11 19
    b)NPM – HEARTH Act 19
    c)SAMPLE-Checklist Hearth Condensed Residential Business Regs 2014.04.30
  8. Elton Jones: GLIHA Presentation – Elton
  9. Sol KIm: Indian and Tribal Preference for Mixed Finance Projects on Non-Indian Land
  10. Ashley Hess: GLIHA Presentation for Indigenous Pact_CLEAN (1)


Program Guidance 2019-03: Recent Changes to the federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

This guidance informs Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities about increases to the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds for programs involving Federal funds.

Message from Congresswoman Deb Haaland

Congresswoman Deb Haaland from New Mexico provided a video message for the recent Chicagoland Native American Housing Fair which discusses the Progress Act for Indian Tribes Act.   A link to the clip appears below:


Total Development Costs (TDC) for Affordable Housing under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA)

PIH-2019-19 and Attachment: This Notice supersedes Notice PIH 2010-47, same subject, dated November 19, 2010, and all the Notices extending that Notice, up to and including PIH-Notice 2016- 07, dated May 4, 2016. This Notice transmits the updated schedule for the maximum amount of funds that may be used for affordable housing under NAHASDA based on Marshall Valuation Service, Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, LLC and RSMeans Residential Cost Data for 2019. The requirement for the development and implementation of these limits is found at 24 CFR §§1000.156 through 1000.162 of the Indian Housing Block Grant regulations.


Determining and Using Program Income Under NAHASDA

PIH 2019-07– This notice replaces PIH Notice 2000-18 and provides guidance for determining and using program income generated by the use or disbursement of Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter from Secretary Carson regarding Opportunity Zones

Secretary Carson chairs the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council which oversees the development and progress of the Opportunity Zones program.  He is requesting feedback from Tribal leadership on recommendations that HUD can take to encourage investment in Opportunity Zones.  Read the full letter HERE.


Issued: ONAP Program Guidance 2019-01: Repayment of Federal Funds Process

This guidance is to inform tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) that the Federal Government no longer accepts checks, wire transfers, or credit cards for repayment of Federal debt; instead, any repayment of Federal funds must be made through ⸺ a secure, online system operated by the U.S. Treasury. This guidance provides the step-by-step procedure for making a repayment to the U.S. Treasury and replaces Program Guidance 2010-03. Click Here to read in full.


USDA Launches Interactive Data Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

The United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has launched an interactive data tool to help community leaders build grass-roots strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Opioid addiction poses a monumental challenge for rural communities across the country, but especially in small, rural communities with limited resources. With the launch of this new tool, USDA is helping communities develop data-driven solutions to the opioid crisis. The Opioid Misuse Community Assessment Tool enables users to overlay substance misuse data against socioeconomic, census, and other public information. This data will help leaders, researchers, and policymakers assess what actions will be most effective in addressing the opioid crisis at the local level. The tool is free and available to the public. For more information, visit:


Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership

The 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.


HomeReady – Fannie Mae’s Low Down Payment Mortgage Product

Fannie Mae’s low down payment mortgage product. HomeReady can be used on tribal trust land on Indian reservations, pursuant to an agreement between Fannie Mae, the tribe and the lender. Ideal HomeReady borrowers:

  • Have low to moderate income
  • Are first-time or repeat homebuyers
  • Have limited cash for down payment
  • Have a credit score ≥ 620; borrowers with credit scores ≥ 680 may get even better pricing
  • Have supplemental boarder or rental income
  • Are looking to purchase or refinance

For further information, contact:
Kellie Coffey
Single Family Rural Housing | Duty to Serve
Fannie Mae
301-418-7643 (direct