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Housing Needs Assessments Represent Historic Partnership

Two tribal entities, Cheyenne River Housing Authority (CRHA) and Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), recently completed housing needs assessments for their respective communities. The two organizations were chosen through an application process that we facilitated in September 2015. The studies were sponsored by the South Dakota Housing Development Authority and mark the first-ever state-supported housing […]

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Coalition Requests Proposals for Video Production

Native Homeownership is Possible With support from the Bush Foundation, the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition will be producing two videos to promote the message that “Native homeownership is possible.” These two videos are part of our communications strategy to dispel the perception that homeownership is not possible by showcasing powerful Native homebuyer success stories. […]

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Coalition Launches Task Force to Increase Homeownership Opportunities for Native American Veterans

We are pleased to announce the formation of a new committee that will work to increase access to homeownership resources for Native American veterans. The committee will be co-chaired by Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Larry Zimmerman, and Manaja Hill, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Veteran Service Officer. The working group will […]

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Coalition Energized for Another Year of Impact!

On October 24-26, 2016, over 70 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 reflecting on successes, developing collective strategies, and […]

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Coalition conducts successful Post Purchase Certification Training in Pierre!

On September 22, 2016, sixteen homebuyer practitioners from around the state became certified to teach post-purchase homebuyer education in their communities.  These practitioners completed an intensive 4-day training on “Post Purchase Education Methods” sponsored by the Coalition in coordination with NeighborWorks America and Neighborworks Dakota Home Resources. The training focused on important information for homebuyers, […]

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Coalition Members Visit Cheyenne River to Learn About Homeownership Efforts

On June 29, 2016, over fifty members of the SD Native Homeownership Coalition visited the Cheyenne River Reservation, the Coalition’s third annual visit to a tribal community. In 2014, Coalition members visited the Pine Ridge Reservation and in 2015, members visited the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Coalition partners on the Cheyenne River tour/convening represented TDHEs, Native […]

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Crow Creek Tribal Member Realizes Homeownership Dream

On January 5, 2016, Airryn Big Eagle (Crow Creek Sioux) purchased a home after saving for two years through Hunkpati Investments’ matched savings program. As a Native community development financial institution and a member of the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition, Hunkpati Investments’ matched savings program, also known as an Individual Development Account (IDA) program, […]

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2015 Annual Housing Conference a Success!

Much shared and learned at the Coalition’s events during conference. The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition had another successful year at the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) Annual Housing Conference in Pierre. Highlights of the conference included: A terrific planning session Five workshops through our Native Homeownership Track Special sessions on impact tracking and Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate’s […]

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“Friend of Housing Award” Goes to Elsie Meeks

First-Ever Native American Recipient of Award South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) awarded Elsie Meeks with the “Friend of Housing” award during SDHDA’s 25th Annual Housing Conference held earlier this week in Pierre. Ms. Meeks was honored for her dedication and contribution to affordable housing in South Dakota. She has used innovation and determination to […]

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Loan Office Serves Native Americans

As printed in the Argus Leader… Juel Burnette left Wells Fargo & Co. last year after a 23-year career with a specific focus as the Sioux Falls branch manager of 1st Tribal Lending. “We’re a mortgage company that’s focusing on providing home loans and homeownership opportunities to Native Americans on and off the reservation nationwide,” […]

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