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UNAHA Summer Meeting Recap and Follow-up
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September 19, 2017

Dear UNAHA Members;

It seems that our summer came and went way too fast. Here in Western Montana we had plenty of warm weather in June and July then the forest fires started.  We had to deal with smoke for about a month then as fast as it started it ended as rain and snow has arrived.  Anyway, I hope that you had a good summer.

I want to thank all of you that could make the trip to Polson in August for the UNAHA summer meeting.  It was a pleasure and an honor to host this year’s summer meeting here on the Flathead Indian Reservation.  If you were not able to attend, we had an unexpected visitor to this UNAHA meeting. About 11 days before the meeting we received word that HUD Secretary Ben Carson would be accompanying Deputy Assistant Secretary Heidi Frechette to the meeting.  The Visit from Secretary Carson was a nice surprise and on the afternoon of August 21st he addressed the UNAHA membership with some encouraging words.  Following the address to the UNAHA membership, the UNAHA board members were able to spend a few minutes to address a few issues directly with Secretary Carson.  Your board members were able to talk specifically about NAHASDA funding levels and methamphetamine contamination.  

We continue to watch what is happening in Washington DC in regard to NAHASDA funding for FY 2018.  If you have not contacted your congressional delegation please do so and let them know that the President’s Budget Request for FY 2018 and the IHBG allocation estimates are very inadequate for us to continue our important work of providing affordable housing to our tribal members.  

Plans are being finalized for our next UNAHA meeting that will be in Las Vegas in conjunction with NAIHC’s Legal symposium.  Please watch your email for updates and announcements.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, your board members or our staff.  

Sincerely,

Jason Adams

UNAHA Chairman

 

 

UNAHA Leadership

UNAHA Chairman-Jason Adams
Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority
PO Box 38, Pablo, MT  59855
Phone: (406) 675-4491
Fax:  (406) 675-4495

 
UNAHA Vice 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 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

SAVE THE DATE!
Winter UNAHA meeting in conjunction with NAIHC Legal Symposium December 3-6, 2017 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Our UNAHA meeting will be on the afternoon of Sunday, December 3. Additional information will be added to the website and Facebook page as soon as it becomes available.

Message from Bob Gauthier: UNITED NATIVE AMERICAN HOUSING ASSOCIATION Administrator

September 19, 2017

Dear UNAHA membership;

We have been busy at the UNAHA offices since our meeting in Polson in August.  I think having Secretary Carson attend really brought a great deal of enthusiasm to the meeting and attracted the Chairman of the Amerind Board Greg Borene, and the new Executive Director of the National American Indian Housing Council, Anthony Walters.  In addition we had several tribal leaders present due to the appearance of the Secretary.  It was a good opportunity to show a broader constituency the work our UNAHA members and officers are involved with to promote and support Indian housing.  I think we did a good job of leaving the Secretary with a good understanding of our issues, with a special emphasis on the Methamphetamine battle.

I was also pleased with the enthusiasm and connection with the HUD office of Native American Programs Deputy Assistant Secretary, Heidi Frechette.  She is proving that she has a good grasp of our issues and is willing to go to bat with us on implementation. I hope we can provide solid information to her and her staff as the battle continues so that she can truly become our partner.

I was also pleased with the attendance of Diane Yentel the President and CEO of the NATIONAL LOW INCOME HOUSING COALITION.  I believe having Ms. Yentel well versed in Indian Housing issues will be a true advantage when we have a matter that needs National exposure.  She and her constituents have a much larger voice than tribes alone.  Thanks to Pinky Clifford for her advocacy and getting Ms. Yentel to our meetings.  The UNAHA office will continue to build the relationship with the NLIHC.

The winter UNAHA meeting to be held in conjunction with the NAIHC Legal Symposium has been set. The dates are December 3rd through the 6th at the Venetion Hotel in Las Vegas.  Please make your travel arrangements soon and register for the Symposium at the NAIHC website.  We will have a link to it as well on the unaha.org website.  Our meeting will be on the afternoon of Sunday the 3rd of December.  We will get more information out to you in the next couple of weeks.  I hope to see many of you there.  This is a good time to stay involved.  Legislative and legal issues are more critical this year.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, your board members or our staff.  

Sincerely,

Bob Gauthier

UNAHA Administrator

If you were unable to attend the summer meeting and would like to view video and photos from HUD Secretary Ben Carson's address to the UNAHA membership, please visit our Facebook page for a links to a live stream version of the address, the official HUD Flickr account and newspaper articles about the visit.

NPONAP Updates:

The Energy Performance and Information Center (EPIC) is a tool used by HUD to receive various types of reports.  For the past several years, HUD has been working with contractors to develop an IHP/APR as well as an SF-425 reporting platform using the EPIC system.  Staff from the Northern Plains Office of Native American Programs (NPONAP) as well as from other regional offices have been contributing to this effort.  NPONAP has volunteered to conduct a “soft roll-out” of this system for the 2018 IHP/APR submissions.  Because it is web-based, EPIC allows users to access their IHP/APR from any location with internet access.  It also allows the recipient and HUD staff to work on the document together in real time prior to submission.  The platform closely follows the traditional IHP/APR template so it is easy to understand and complete.  Feedback from current users has been universally positive so far.  While we are certain there will be a few bugs to work out, we are confident that this system will be far superior to the Excel format.  It is anticipated that there will be a full nation-wide rollout of the system for the PY 2019 IHP/APR cycle.


 

NPONAP is proud to announce that the Administrator Advisor, Katie Starcevich, got married on July 15, 2017.  Her and her husband are settling into their new home and enjoying a new life together.  You may now find her referred to as Katie Gloystein.  Please update your contact information for her to katie.e.gloystein@hud.gov.
Let me start by saying that it was a pleasure to meet some of you at the summer meeting – putting faces to names and opening the lines of communication in person adds another dimension to my job and allows me the opportunity to hear first hand what the needs of the membership are.
 
Hopefully, most of you were able to catch my presentation on UNAHA website updates and new features. Bob and I have been working hard to brainstorm what would be most helpful to the membership and hope that you all will begin to think of the site as a one-stop resource for all your tribal housing needs.
 
To recap for those of you that couldn’t make it, we are making an effort link important information from various sites so that they are more easily accessible to you. For example, there are now direct links to training schedules from different organizations, legal and legislative documents and updates, contact information for all members and associate members and model policies and procedures.
 
During the open forum after my presentation there was some great conversation about expanding roles of TDHEs in creative ways and how other tribes are using new and exciting ways to help their communities. The question was how to share new ideas and best practices with others and the idea of a discussion board to facilitate these kinds of conversations was introduced by a member. I’m happy to announce that the discussion board has been placed back on the UNAHA website! We had a similar platform on the site last year but it was never actually utilized by the membership. My hope is that this time around we can use this new platform to continue the enthusiastic conversation that was started at the meeting.
 
That being said, I would like to literally start the conversation and hope that you all will join in. There was a lot of buzz around Deanna Lucero’s presentation on the use of 184 Loan Program and how not only homebuyers can benefit from the program, but TDHE’s and Tribes can use the loan as well to help their organizations expand and grow.

How Are Tribes and Housing Authorities Using the 184 Loan?

There were a lot of light bulbs going off in the room and side conversations about the kinds of opportunities that could come from this type of loan. I think we would all love to hear how your Tribe or organization has used the 184 Loan to fund projects or hear your questions regarding the loan and you how you can make it work for you. Success stories, issues you have encountered trying to secure a loan, questions about where to start – these are all great things to discuss and as the facilitator I will try to keep the momentum going by inviting the right people to join the conversation.
 
Please follow this link to join the discussion and feel free to start your own conversation. Please keep in mind that this is a new venture and there are bound to be bugs so please don't hesitate to contact me at admin@unaha.org with questions or comments about the forum.
 
Thank you for your cooperation and I look forward to hearing what you all have to say.
 
Charmel McClure-Sternick
UNAHA Member Services Manager
Please visit our website www.unaha.org for up-to-date training and grant information and employment opportunities
Special Thank You to Myrna Gauthier, UNAHA Administrator who was presented with a beautiful Star Quilt at the summer meeting by the board of directors for her hard work and dedication.
Thank you to our Associate Members
(Please click on the logo to be directed to their respective websites)
*NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER*
Northern Plains Tribal Housing Cooperative
John B. Marian - Executive Director & Chief Instructor
P.O. Box 5299
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 223-4750
john@npthc.org
Our mission is to honor relationships with Native American tribes that actualize educational solutions for their most pressing local housing needs. NPTHC promotes safe, healthy and affordable housing for native communities, families and people through public outreach, hands on learning opportunities for residents and professionals, and bringing people together to create resilient homes.
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.
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