Who We Are

Enterprise’s Rural and Native American Programs (RNAP) have sought to support safe, decent, and culturally appropriate housing on tribal lands and rural communities since 1997. We develop tools and resources for our partners delivering housing on the ground to build their capacity and amplify their impact. Well-designed quality affordable housing helps provide opportunities for low- and moderate-income households in rural and Native American communities, providing stability and a better life for residents.

What We Do

The Rural and Native American Program provides funding and training along with technical assistance to organizations to help create healthy, safe, green affordable housing and to increase opportunities for economic advancement for individuals and families in both rural and Native communities.

Our priorities consist of:

  • Preserving affordable rural rental housing through technical assistance and the delivery of trainings and peer learning sessions designed to help rural housing providers acquire and/or preserve rent restricted housing in their respective rural communities. 
  • Expand access to homeownership opportunities for Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and native/Native Hawaiians by building the capacity of housing providers (including tribes, Tribal Housing Authorities, Tribally Designated Housing Entities and Native Community Development Financial Institutions to enhance and implement homeownership programs.

New Data Creates Pathways to Homeownership for Native American Veterans!

Three South Dakota tribes completed a veterans housing needs and homeownership studies, a first of its kind, to help identify the housing and service issues most important to veterans on each reservation to develop tailored programs in order to address these collective concerns. The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition (SNCC) commissioned the studies with funding support from Enterprise Community Partners.

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CB21 Grantees

The Rural and Native American Initiative is excited to announce over $1.3 million in Section 4 funding to 27 organizations working in rural and Native American communities across the country. Grant support will fund activities like preservation of 515 properties, increasing Native homeownership, developing permanent supportive housing projects and supporting community and economic development and housing initiatives that leverage arts, culture and creativity to achieve social, economic, environmental, and health outcomes.

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Tribal Homeownership Summit

The Rural and Native American Program held the Tribal Homeownership Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the University of New Mexico, School of Architecture. This important summit was designed to help Tribal Housing Authorities navigate the complex trust land leasing and lending process and support members through the process of buying a home. Presenters provided insight on master planning, design and community outreach, infrastructure strategies, homeownership training, program design, the role of Native CDFIs, mixed use development and innovative financing options.

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