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Tribal Housing

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We assist tribes, tribal housing authorities and other tribally-designated housing entities, as well as nonprofit agencies that partner with tribes to meet the housing needs of tribal communities.

Our housing law practice emphasizes development of new housing by leveraging NAHASDA block grants with other funding sources and establishment of programs to encourage home ownership by members. The firm co-publishes the “Indian Housing Development Handbook” with the National American Indian Housing Council. Our experience includes assistance in connection with:

  • Compliance with the requirements of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA), including environmental reviews, procurement issues, finance and other matters;
  • Structuring of tribally designated housing entities, whether traditional tribal housing authorities formed for purposes of the 1937 Housing Act, tribal housing departments or tribal housing corporations;
  • Leveraging NAHASDA funds with other private and public sources of financing, including
    • Low Income Housing Tax Credits
    • USDA Rural Development Section 515 loans
    • Federal Home Loan Banks AHP subsidies
    • HOME Funds
    • Tax Exempt Bonds
    • State Affordable Housing Program funds
    • HUD Indian Community Development Block Grants
    • HUD loans guaranteed under Title VI of NAHASDA
    • HUD loans guaranteed under Section 184 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Facilities and Rural Utilities Services grants and low-interest loan
    • HUD Section 202 subsidies for elderly housing
  • Financing transition to clean, cheap renewable energy financed by grants and through partnerships taking advantage of renewable energy tax credits;
  • Establishment of legal infrastructure to support home ownership on tribal trust lands under long term leases, including
    • Tribal Realty Ordinances that meet the requirements of the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act;
    • Mortgage Lending Ordinances that encourage mortgage lenders to lend to members on trust lands, assure that tribal land remain occupied by members in the event of default, and provide for tribal court jurisdiction, and tribal government participation, in foreclosure proceedings
    • Probate ordinances providing for rules to pass assets from one generation to the next through a tribal court process that serves the interests of members and respects tribal culture
  • Establishment and operation of tribal home mortgage loan programs and tribally-sponsored mortgage lending institutions under the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) program.
  • Operational issues, including developer and architect contracts, construction contracts, employment matters, benefits and business transaction advice.
Brian Pierson

Pierson, Brian L.


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