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Coalition Members Head to Washington to Advocate for Native Homeownership

  Earlier this month, representatives of the Coalition’s Policy Committee traveled to Washington, DC to advocate for policies to promote Native homeownership in conjunction with the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Legislative Conference.  While in DC, the delegation held meetings with representatives from US Department of Housing and Urban Development, US Department of Agriculture, […]

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Coalition Working on Multiple Fronts to Support Native Construction Industry

Recognizing that the lack of housing stock is a real barrier to homeownership in Native communities, the Coalition is working hard to support local contractors and encourage them to build more homes.  We are excited about developing the following programming to support our Native construction industry: Construction Internship Pilot Program – Summer 2017 After hearing […]

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Coalition Members Develop Innovative Approach to Increase Native Veteran Homeownership

Two Coalition members, Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial (Mazaska) and Lakota Funds, have teamed up to increase homeownership rates for Native American veterans through an innovative new approach that simplifies the path to homeownership. In late February, both organizations were present to support George O’Rourke and Darrel Hernandez as they closed their VA Native American Direct […]

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Exciting Homebuyer Education Trainings on the Horizon

Based on the input of Committee members, the Coalition’s Homebuyer Readiness Committee is planning two exciting trainings this spring to support homebuyer practitioners working to teach and support new homebuyers in their communities.  We invite you to participate in these classes! Registration information will be coming soon. Designing and Strengthening Your Homebuyer Education Program Many […]

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Coming Soon: Membership Dues

Moving Towards Sustainability Our Coalition is Launching Membership Dues! Over the past three years, our Coalition has been discussing strategies to sustain our operations by diversifying our sources of revenue.  To date, we’ve enjoyed terrific support from our funders on the local, state, and national levels. Last fall at our Coalition planning meeting, we created […]

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Family Celebrates Homeownership this Holiday Season

During the Coalition’s annual site visit this past summer, we learned about the Eagle Nest Housing Development on the Pine Ridge Reservation and how some of our stakeholders were creating homeownership opportunities there. We are pleased to share this story about the first family in the development that has transitioned from renting to homeownership. This […]

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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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