March 31, 2020

Building a Comprehensive Curriculum for Native Communities

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Enterprise has launched a new, interactive curriculum designed to build the capacity of housing practitioners to provide homeownership opportunities for Native Americans. This new resource, Enhancing and Implementing Homeownership in Native Communities, includes a series of 12 interactive modules that enable practitioners to determine what assets they already have in place, identify gaps and outline concrete next steps for creating or strengthening a homeownership program for the communities they serve.

Why is this curriculum important?

Data released in the Opportunity Atlas shows that, among all races, Native American children have the lowest rates of upward economic mobility, and even when they are born into higher-income families, there is a greater likelihood of downward mobility. However, the same data showed that this trend reverses when these children are raised on tribal lands.

This serves to reinforce what Enterprise has learned through decades of work with tribes across the country: that the values and cultural ties on tribal lands are critical assets that strengthen communities and the families in them.

Why was this curriculum created? 

Enterprise developed the Enhancing and Implementing Homeownership Programs in Native Communities curriculum in partnership with Seven Sisters Community Development Group with support from Freddie Mac. It is designed to be a companion piece to the Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership, a joint publication by Enterprise and the Center for Indian Country Development of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

The Enhancing and Implementing Homeownership curriculum was developed to support tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) and Tribal Housing Authorities (THAs) and Native CDFIs to build their capacity to deliver homeownership opportunities to the communities they serve.

The comprehensive curriculum combines a range of participatory activities and exercises to facilitate shared learning and encourage participants to develop strategies for implementing high-quality programs in their communities. Throughout 2020, Enterprise will train partners from across the country to incorporate the curriculum into their existing work.

Enterprise will begin offering a training on this curriculum in an online/virtual format in July going through one module a week. If you are interested in taking the training online please reach out to Dustin Baird at dbaird@enterprisecommunity.org.

Access the curriculum and learn more about how Enterprise’s Rural and Native American Program has worked to support safe, decent, and culturally appropriate housing on tribal lands.

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