Rural & Native American

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Who We Are

Enterprise’s Rural and Native American Program (RNAP) has 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 to build their capacity and amplify their impact to create and preserve housing. Well-designed quality affordable homes 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

Our Rural and Native American Program provides funding and training along with technical assistance to organizations to help create healthy, safe, green affordable homes 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 homes 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 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.

Pacific Northwest Rural Rental Housing Preservation Academy -  Call for Applications

Applications Due January 29, 2021

Enterprise is accepting applications from organizations to form a cohort of Technical Assistance recipients in the Pacific Northwest. Up to fifteen organizations will be selected to participate in the Academy as members of the Preservation Academy Cohort.  In addition to the delivery of the trainings, Cohort members will receive no-cost, targeted, one-on-one technical assistance to support rural preservation efforts. The assistance will be tailored to the needs of the recipient based on what their goals are and the support they identify in being critical to move their project(s) forward.

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Interactive Native Homeownership Curriculum

Participate in the Interactive Native Homeownership Curriculum

We are excited to announce this Call for Applications for participation in the Enhancing and Implementing Homeownership Programs in Native Communities training course. Access the application and learn more about the process. The deadline to apply is February 22, 2021. There will be an Information and Q & A Session on February 4th at 12:00 PM, MT.

Register for the Webinar

Enhancing and Implementing Homeownership Programs in Native Communities is an interactive training curriculum designed as a companion guide to the 2018 Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership. It will be accompanied by a virtual training series for Native practitioners assisting them with improving housing conditions on tribal land.

Our Grantees

The Rural and Native American Program has funded organizations working in rural and Native American communities across the country. Grants support activities like preservation of 515 properties, increasing Native homeownership, developing permanent supportive housing projects and supporting community and economic development and housing initiatives.

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Creating Pathways to Homeownership for Native American Veterans

Three South Dakota tribes completed a first-of-its-kind veterans housing needs and homeownership study to help identify the housing and service issues most important to veterans on each reservation and 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.

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