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Coalition Members Learn How to Integrate Coaching into Homebuyer Readiness Programs

In November, 17 practitioners in the Native homeownership field completed a three-day training where they learned about new financial coaching methods to integrate into their programs. The training, hosted by the Coalition and co-facilitated by CNM Ingenuity and Seven Sisters Community Development Group, focused on a coaching model that is designed to empower clients. Different […]

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Tribal Leaders Support Coalition’s Policy Recommendations

At its December meeting, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association​ adopted two resolutions in support of the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coaltion’s policy recommendations to federal policymakers. The first resolution supported legislative amendments to the US Department of Veterans Affairs Native American Direct Loan (NADL) program to improve homeownership opportunities for Native veterans on Indian […]

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Coalition to Launch Round II of Housing Needs Studies

With support from the South Dakota Housing Development Authority, the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition (Coalition) will be facilitating housing needs studies (studies) in two small tribal communities in South Dakota. Under the program guidelines, eligible tribal communities must have a population of 10,000 or less. The size of the community/reservation will determine whether one […]

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Coalition Continues Growing and Developing

On September 11-13, 2017, over 60 members of the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition gathered for our annual planning session and other activities held in conjunction with the South Dakota Housing Development Authority’s Annual Housing Conference in Pierre, South Dakota. The series of events provided a platform for our continued growth and development, as well […]

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Please share your input about the Coalition!

We are seeking feedback from all stakeholders about how valuable the Coalition is to you and your organization.  Please click on the link below to complete a brief survey by Friday, September 1, 2017. Chance for FREE Conference Registration! All survey respondents who complete the survey by 5 pm MT on September 1 will be entered […]

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Building a Foundation for Homeownership in Indian Country

While homeownership in general has been on a decline across the United States, it is increasing on reservations in South Dakota. More tribes are recognizing the capacity for homeownership to build individual and community wealth, wellness, and stability, thanks in large part to individuals from tribal communities who have become strong homeownership advocates.  Homeownership advocates […]

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Traveling a Path to Self-Sufficiency

January Mathis Works Toward Homeownership After a nearly five-year journey, January Mathis, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will soon be moving into a home she can call her own. January’s home is currently one of seven under construction in Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation’s regenerative community just outside of Porcupine, South Dakota, on […]

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Homeownership Models Shared During Annual Convening

The Coalition’s Annual Tour & Convening, hosted on the Pine Ridge Reservation this year, uses a peer-sharing model to showcase successful homeownership programs. This year’s event was attended by approximately 50 individuals from nonprofit organizations as well as tribal, local, state, and federal entities, including Joyce Allen, Deputy Administrator for Single Family Housing of USDA Rural […]

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Coalition Responds to Contractors’ Input

In roundtable discussions with contractors about how to increase housing stock on South Dakota’s reservations, contractors have shared some of the obstacles to residential building, including the lack of inspectors and work-ready employees.  In response, our Physical Issues Committee is working to support efforts to increase the number of certified inspectors, and designing a summer […]

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