November 11, 2019

Participants in Native Homeownership Learning Communities Cohort Selected

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Enterprise has selected its first ever group of participants in the Native Homeownership Learning Communities Cohort. Made up of representatives from Tribally Designated Housing Entities, Tribal Housing Authorities, and Native Community Development Finance Institutions from across the country, the cohort will take part in a 14-month intensive training and technical assistance program to increase homeownership in native communities.

The program, made possible thanks to the generous support of Fannie Mae, will kick off the week of January 13, 2020, with a three-day in-person convening in Phoenix. Subsequent programming will include both in-person opportunities and monthly virtual classroom/webinar sessions. 

Why a Cohort?

Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian’s have lower homeownership rates than non-native populations due to a variety of factors. Predatory mortgage lending with high interest rates is often the only source of mortgage financing available. Further, homeownership opportunities may be elusive with a shortage of housing and severe overcrowding the norm in many tribal communities.  

Working to address these issues, the Native Homeownership Learning Communities Cohort, will provide participants building and implementing homeownership programs with grant funding, training and technical assistance covering topics such as land lease processes, mortgage financing and ordinances, community planning, homebuyer readiness, and design and construction, to build their capacity to create homeownership opportunities for the communities they serve. 

By connecting with peers, cohort members will develop long-term relationships with whom they can share common practices and experiences, learn strategies and connect during and beyond the cohort’s planned term. 

Selected Cohort Participants

The following organizations were selected for the cohort by successfully demonstrating interest and intent for increasing their capacity to enhance or implement homeownership programs for Native communities. 

  • Pine Ridge Reservation (South Dakota)
    • Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing, Inc.
    • Thunder Valley
    • Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing
    • Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial
    • Lakota Funds
  • St. Regis Mohawk Reservation (New York)
    • Akwesasne Housing Authority 
    • Four Directions
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation (South Dakota)
    • Cheyenne River Housing Authority
    • Four Bands Community Fund
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Oregon)
    • Housing Department
  • Anahola Homestead (Hawaii)
    • Homestead Community Development Corporation
  • Pueblo of Jemez (New Mexico)
    • Pueblo of Jemez Housing Department
    • Native Community Finance
  • Red Cliff Indian Reservation (Wisconsin)
    • Red Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority
    • Wisconsin Native Loan Fund
  • Rosebud Reservation (South Dakota)
    • Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, Tatanka Fund
    • Sicangu Wicoti Awayankape Corporation
    • Lakota Funds
  • Doyon Region (Alaska)
    • Interior Regional Housing Authority

The Native Homeownership Learning Communities Cohort is part of Enterprise’s Rural and Native American Programs. For more information, please contact Susan Anderson, director, at susananderson@enterprisecommunity.org.

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