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Message from your Administrators:
Bob and Myrna Gauthier

September 2019 

Thanks to all that attended the August UNAHA meeting at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls, Montana.  A special thank-you to the Fort Belknap Housing Authority for hosting us and sponsoring the outstanding Barbecue Monday night.  I have been involved with UNAHA since its inception in 1985. This was one of the best meetings ever! The level of dialogue and interest in our activities, NAIHC and Legislation was exciting.  Thanks to Sharon Vogel and the other Board Members for attending and challenging the organization to do more. 

Chair Sharon Vogel challenged the membership to form a “Strategy Committee” to begin developing an approach to address national policy and funding issues. We are losing ground do to the organization and activity of other housing regions with different agendas than UNAHA. We hope this committee is ready to go by the end of the year.  So far Shelly Marshall from Flandreau, Sharon and I are on the committee. It would be nice to have eight to ten members. Email Myrna if you are willing to serve on the work group. Most of our meetings will be conference calls.

UNAHA Leadership

UNAHA Chair-Sharon Vogel
Cheyenne River Housing Authority
PO Box 480, Eagle Butte SD  57625
Phone: (605) 964-4265 ext. 132
Fax: (605) 964-1070
 

UNAHA Vice Chair-Jody Perez
Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority
PO Box 38, Pablo, MT  59855
Phone: (406) 675-4491
Fax:  (406) 675-4495

 
UNAHA Treasurer-Joey Nathan
Northern Ponca Housing Authority
1501 W Michigan Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701
Phone: (402) 379-8224
Fax:  (402)379-8557

  
UNAHA Secretary-Iva Grainger
Fort Peck Housing Authority
PO Box 667, Poplar MT 59255
Phone: (406) 768-3459  ext. 31

Administrative Directors
Gauthier Agency LLC
Bob & Myrna Gauthier

63316 US HWY 93
Ronan MT, 59864
Phone: 406 676-8445
Fax: 406 676-8444

Administrator's Report continued...
You will see our involvement in many activities that will provide more service to our members.  Just a few of the events coming up before the end of the year:

  • October 1-3 – Enterprise Community Partners Homeownership Workshop – Denver, Colorado (call Myrna at UNAHA office for info) 

Enterprise is cooperating with UNAHA and Seven Sisters Consulting to present instruction on the use of the TRIBAL LEADERS HANDBOOK on HOMEOWNERSHIP, a comprehensive resource on the lending and development process and homeownership programs available in Indian Country.  The nine participants in last year’s UNAHA homeownership initiative in partnership with Enterprises are invited to this gathering to learn more about practical tools to implement homeownership opportunities in their communities. Enterprise is supporting the travel expenses for participants from the nine UNAHA members that are participating in this endeavor.  A big thank-you to Enterprise.

This is the training envisioned by the UNAHA Training Committee that was designed for new Tribal Councils, Boards, staff when hired and want to learn the ins and outs of NAHASDA and other Indian Housing Resources.  It is a full four and a half days and includes exercises designed to assist those new to Indian housing in understanding the laws and regulations for Indian Housing. It has been offered two times this year to sold-out classes.  It is limited to 40 participants.

UNAHA is excited to host the first Occupancy Summit, a two-day gathering that we hope will become an annual event.  This meeting is designed to offer our Association’s Occupancy, Tenant Services and Home Buyer Personnel an opportunity to meet with their peers and discuss common issues.  UNAHA will support this effort but the meeting belongs to the Occupancy personnel. Too often important admission and occupancy issues that support Indian Housing Program plans are shuffled around and not given the proper amount of time to brainstorm common solutions.  This meeting will create a forum of learning that we encourage every member to participate in. Executive Directors and Boards are also invited but all topics and future agendas will be driven by UNAHA occupancy personnel. A special bonus will be the participation of Linda Lee Retka, Training and Technical Assistance Director from the National American Housing Council to review trainings and certifications that are available for participants.  Don’t miss this historic gathering. Check our website for meeting and location details.

Your UNAHA Board continues to meet to discuss issues facing our membership and training and technical assistance needs.  We had a recent conference call with the Denver ONAP office to set the 2020 training schedule. Look for it in your email over the next couple of weeks. UNAHA believes that good training and support is the key to building capacity.

The 2020 ICDBG NOFA is in clearance and should be published by the end of the year. According to Randy Akers, there will be a training on NOFA early in 2010.  We will keep you posted.

Remember, audits for housing programs ending 12/31/18 are due by September 30th.  If yours is not ready, be sure to request an extension by end of the month.

HUD will be sponsoring a three-part housing development training in 2020.  This has become a capacity issue for many of our members. We hope many of you will participate.  

And finally, the long awaited results of the 2019 UNAHA Survey will be sent out October 2nd.  The Board wanted to give time to each member to complete the survey and get it turned in.

UNAHA Winter Meeting
December 9, 2019
Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109


in conjunction with
The NAIHC Legal Symposium

Additional information will be posted to the UNAHA website and Facebook as it becomes available.
35th AMERIND All West 100 Native American Basketball Classic
Set for April 3-5, 2020

The 35th Annual AMERIND All West 100 Native American Basketball Classic and Youth Weekend will be held the weekend of April 3-5, 2020 at the Gold Crown Field House in Lakewood, Colorado. Registration will be Thursday evening, April 2. Games will be played beginning Friday morning, April 3 and concluding with championships on Sunday afternoon, April 5. Tournament activities will include special guest speakers, slam-dunk and three-point shooting contests, and specially discounted tickets to a Denver Nuggets game during the weekend. Last year, over 115 teams registered for 100 team spots – get yours in early -- registration brochure will be out in early January and posted on the AMERIND All West 100 Facebook page.

The FB group page currently has over 1,690 members from around the country and beyond and has become a good location for regional teams, recruiters, and coaches to find information about the Classic, the Ulmer Scholarship (encourage students to start their scholarship applications soon at http://www.markulmerscholarship.org), and other tournaments and scholarships that are available to All West players. And, of course, we love to post pictures of all the great participants and winners there as well! Find and join the group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/460282234125176/
Please click HERE to be directed to HUD Calendar of Events for upcoming training and presentations
NPONAP Updates

HEROS Environmental Review System:
ONAP is excited to roll out its on-line environmental review system for tribal use.  The HUD Environmental Review Operating System (HEROS) may be used by Tribes or Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE) to complete any level of environmental review on line.  The system includes helpful links to resource material including maps and other information necessary to complete an environmental review. A link to the HEROS registration page is located at: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/environmental-review/.
This site also includes links to general environmental review information such as on-line training, sample checklists and public notification templates.  In order to use HEROS effectively, both a TDHE and Tribe must register to use the system.  The TDHE will access the system as an environmental review partner and the Tribe will register as the responsible entity.  NPONAP plans to provide hands-on training in 2020 for interested entities.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact your Grants Management Specialist with any questions.
 
ONAP Staff Updates
New Grants Evaluation Specialists
The NPONAP is pleased to announce the onboarding of two new Grants Evaluation Specialists, Randall Nelson and Ivonne Perez.  Mr. Nelson comes to HUD from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Rural Development where he served as a Loan Specialist.  He demonstrated excellent analytical skills while processing a backlog of foreclosures during his four-year career with USDA.  These skills will translate well to the work within the Grants Evaluation Division.  Mr. Nelson resides in Lakewood, Colorado with his wife and two children.
 
Ms. Perez comes to NPONAP from the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she had  17 years of extensive experience in loan guarantee programs.  While she was with the VA, Ivonne provided technical assistance and training to field personnel on all aspects of Loan Production and the Native American Direct Loan Program and she developed experience in working with various tribes throughout the nation, including the Northern Plains.  Ivonne resides in Roxborough, Colorado, with her husband, Kevin.
Please visit our website www.unaha.org for up-to-date training and grant information and employment opportunities
Bob Gauthier being presented with star quilt from the summer meeitng host,
Fort Belknap Housing Authority.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Enterprise Community grant and funding opportunities for your organization
Thank you to our Associate Members!
(Please click on the logo to be directed to their respective websites)
Associate Membership is an important aspect of UNAHA. It is a convenient way for Members to share resources that others might find useful.  For example, have you worked with an honest, hard working contractor in your area? Have you found a banker that is confident working with the HUD184 loan? Would you like to recommend him or her to other members in our region? How about accountants, painters, attorneys, maintenance companies, etc.?  We would love the opportunity to reach out and offer them an Associate Membership which includes an invitation to our three annual meetings, advertising space in our quarterly newsletter and company information listed on our website.  If you or your housing authority has any referrals for Associate Membership, feel free to send us their contact information at admin@unaha.org.
Plaease Welcome our New Associate Members!!


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