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2016 Annual Performance Report for housing activities using NAHASDA funds now available for public review and comment.

Comments may be submitted to Nome Eskimo Community, in writing, at info.necalaska.org, or by hand-delivery to NEC offices.
Download APR Report Here.


Nome Eskimo Community Housing Program


NEC Housing Services Overview

The Housing Program has survived the past few years with reduced funding. NEC Housing suspended the Down Payment Assistance, or “Buy-Down” program in 2013 because funding from HUD hit all time lows. We have been able to continue the Renovation Program, and we’ve instituted a new Energy Efficiency Assistance program.

We are starting to see increased funding from HUD again, and we have some plans for expanding the Housing Program. NEC Housing will start a new Rental Assistance program in January 2017. We will conduct a new housing needs assessment and market study to update the data collected in 2006’s housing survey. And we are looking at options to build an apartment complex here in Nome to address the shortage of safe, decent and affordable housing in our jurisdiction. This apartment complex is a long-range goal. If we can arrange the funding, which is offered through competitive grants and Low Income Housing Tax Credits, we are looking at 3 to 5 years before occupancy.

Each year, NEC Housing is awarded an Indian Housing Block Grant  (IHBG) from U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), which is administered by HUD, has provided NEC Housing with an annual IHBG since 2000. IHBGs average about three quarters of a million dollars per year. We are currently spending the funds from our 2015 IHBG. We have not yet utilized any of the funds from our 2016 IHBG. Sometime in June of 2017, HUD will release the funds for the 2017 IHBG. Altogether, this gives the Housing Program around $1.9 million in 2017. However, we will keep the 2017 IHBG funds in reserve for use in 2018. We will spend about $1 million on housing programs in 2017.

 

Energy Efficiency Services

Many low income households experience emergencies such as broken windows, frozen plumbing or failed heating systems. These households are without the means to make emergency repairs to their homes. Some low income households are in need of minor repairs and weatherization to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, and lower utility costs. In 2015, NEC Housing implemented the Energy Efficiency Services program. It’s a weatherization and repair service for low income tribal members that own their own homes. Project budgets are capped at $50,000 per house. With construction costs as high as they are in Nome, a $50,000 budget will only fund minor repairs, such as replacement of doors and windows, upgrading appliances and lighting to be more energy efficient, and weatherization services, such as adding insulation, air-sealing, and heating systems upgrades.

NEC encourages you to apply for the Energy Efficiency Services if you think you are low income and need minor to moderate repairs to your home.

Renovation Services

There are many homes in NEC Housing's jurisdiction that are in substandard condition. Usually these homes are more than 40 years old, are poorly insulated, do not meet current building code requirements, have antiquated heating systems, have rot and mold conditions, have leaky roofs, doors and windows, are too small to accommodate the number of occupants, and in some cases the homes are so far beyond repair that it would be more cost efficient to replace the home rather than repair it. The Renovation Service is designed to address these housing issues.

NEC Housing completes approximately two house renovations per year. These are extensive renovations from floor to roof. Typically, we spend upwards of a quarter million dollars to renovate these houses. Labor and materials are exorbitantly expensive here, and NEC is in a unique position to fund these renovation projects that otherwise could never be done by the private sector.

NEC Housing encourages any member of the tribe, who thinks they may be low income, to fill out a pre-application for the Renovation Program. The pre-application is a two-page form we use to place applicants on our wait list. As the applicant moves up the wait list, we will provide the full application, which is more than 20 pages, to verify eligibility for the program. Both the Energy Efficiency Services and Renovation Assistance programs use the same application forms.

 

Rental Assistance

Since the inception of NAHASDA, NEC Housing’s programs have benefitted many low income home owners with the Renovation and Buy-Down programs. However, none of our programs have addressed the needs of low income renters. Our 2006 housing survey indicated that 45% of NEC members are home owners, but that 55% are renters. There exists in NEC Housing's jurisdiction a shortage of rental units for the existing population. Low income families are forced to rent units that are substandard in size, sanitation, energy efficiency, electrical and mechanical systems, structural integrity, air quality, accessibility, and safety, because they cannot afford better housing. Additionally, these low income families are paying considerably more than 30% of their income for rent, heat and utilities. The Rental Assistance program is based on the Section 8 model, and is designed to address the above conditions by offering rental subsidies to qualified applicants.

Our increase in funding will allow us to expand the Housing Program, but rather than re-instating the Buy-Down program, or initiating another home owner program, we have decided to address the needs of low income renters. Starting in January, we will begin processing applications for our new Rental Assistance program. Qualified applicants will receive a rent subsidy, paid to their landlord, that will keep their out-of-pocket housing costs at 30% of their annual income. Eligible clients will choose the apartment they want, or stay in the apartment they already have. Landlords will have to agree to participate in the program. Rents charged will have to be reasonable, fair market value, and NEC Housing will inspect the rental units to assure they meet minimum health, safety and size standards.

 

Applications are available at the Housing office. We can mail applications, upon request, by calling the office (443-9120). Applications are available for download on this NEC website.

Services are available to low income members of Nome Eskimo Community. Preference is offered to elders and families with small children. Other preferences may apply, depending on the needs of the applicant. Fill out the Pre-Application to reserve a spot on our wait list. Complete the Full Application within 3 months prior to start of services.


Housing Applications

Energy Efficiency Services and the Renovation program use the same applications:

Housing Repair Pre-Application


Use this application to estimate your household income and composition. If you are low income, this application will place your household on our wait list.


Housing Repair Full Application

We will notify you when your name nears the top of the wait list. Fill out the full application for final determination of your eligibility for the program.


Rental Assistance

Rental Assistance Pre-Application

Use this application to estimate your household income and composition. If you are low income, this application will place your household on our wait list.

Rental Assistance Full Application

We will notify you when your name nears the top of the wait list. Fill out the full application for final determination of your eligibility for the program.

 

There are other housing assistance programs available. Check out these links:


  Housing Policy
 

NEC Housing Policy shall comply with all applicable regulations of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) and shall be updated periodically to reflect compliance.

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794), no otherwise qualified individual with handicaps shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under this program.



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