November is National Native American Heritage Month
Acknowledging the traditional Native inhabitants of a land is a simple and powerful way of showing respect and solidarity to Indigenous people’s history and culture. The U.S Department of Arts and Culture created a guide to help you adopt a practice of opening public events and gatherings with acknowledgment of the traditional Native inhabitants of the land. Doing this is a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth.
Here is a handy guide with more information and tools on how to adopt this practice.
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.
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.
Grant Comparison Map
Affordable Housing in Rural America
Responding to a Great Need for Affordable Housing
Many of the nation’s rural communities struggle with persistently high rates of poverty. One in every four rural households in the U.S. is severely overburdened by housing costs. More than 40 percent lack basics like water, electricity and adequate heating and plumbing.
We are helping rural communities respond to these challenges, and provide decent, green affordable housing for all residents by:
- Advocating for support for rental assistance and other funding programs
- Advancing best practices in green building and sustainability
- Promoting the development of safe, affordable and green homes for farm workers, with a special focus on migrant worker communities in the Pacific Northwest and southwestern U.S.
Affordable Housing in Native America
Enterprise works with tribal and community partners to create healthy, safe, green affordable housing and to increase opportunities for economic advancement for individuals and families.
In 2016 we published Designing and Operating Homeownership Programs on Tribal Lands, a guide offering tribal leadership a comprehensive overview of the steps required to create homeownership programs on reservation land, with a particular focus on the mortgage lending process. It helps introduce mortgage lending processes on reservations in a way that:
- Leverages existing federal funding so that you can significantly increase financial resources for housing on reservation land
- Leverages government and private mortgage programs and resources for housing on reservation land
- Allows tribes or tribal affiliates to develop or sponsor many more homes for ownership by tribal members
- Helps tribes manage the mortgage process on tribal land.
As another way to improve housing on reservations and pueblos, Enterprise has just partnered with the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis to create the Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership. It is designed to help tribal leadership navigate the often-complicated process of homeownership on tribal lands, and Enterprise will soon be offering a series of trainings in conjunction with the handbook.