AMIHA was founded in 1970 with the purpose of providing affordable, low income housing to the Tribal Members. AMIHA serves 9 reservations in 3 counties. With over 44 years of experience working with multiple Indian Tribes and construction and rehabilitation of low-income housing, AMIHA is one of only three Indian Housing Authorities in the State of California that represents multiple Tribes. To date, AMIHA has built more than 950 housing units in San Diego, Riverside, and Santa Barbara counties.
AMIHA’s core mission continues to be the development and management of low income housing programs for eligible program participants. Since 2008, AMIHA has built 78 units and will construct 9 in the upcoming 2014-15 construction season. Additionally, AMIHA has administered contracts that involved the comprehensive rehabilitation of 50 older Mutual Help units during the same timeframe. AMIHA currently has approximately 141 units in management.
AMIHA continues to administer the old Mutual Help program for approximately 100 participants and deed over 10-12 units per year and administers the home owner insurance and claims processes for our participants. AMIHA also continues to manage the AMERIND home owner’s insurance program for Mutual Help and NAHASDA homeowners.
“To provide safe, affordable, and decent housing for Indian people residing on the reservations that incorporates traditional concepts and values. To seek out and effectively administer innovative programs to maintain the existing housing stock and to create new housing opportunities for the residents we serve.”
AMIHA is also pursuing a number of new initiatives that will expand the types of services being provided beyond building and renovating homes:
• AMIHA has recently completed a number of infrastructure projects including road development, tribal hall parking lot installation, waterline and electrical service extensions and a number of additional upcoming projects.
• AMIHA is a leading partner in the development of safe housing for victims of domestic violence.
• AMIHA has shared its grant writing capabilities with partner organizations to obtain funds for housing related services.
• AMIHA continues to promote the use of businesses owned and operated by Native Americans. 100% of new housing construction and 100% of all infrastructure contracts awarded in the past 24 months have been awarded to Native owned firms.
• AMIHA has increased its use of building products “Made in the USA” by 35% in the past year.
• AMIHA has purchased and is managing its first “off reservation” housing project to address the needs of tribal members living in urban areas.
Message from the Executive Director, Dave Shaffer
In early September, 2013, HUD’s Southwest Office of Native American Programs announced their FY 2013 IGDBG grant awards. This year, the Phoenix HUD office received 82 applications from tribal governments, IHA and TDHE’s that in total requested over $81 million dollars. The amount of grant funds available to be distributed in the Phoenix region was $19.8 million.
This year AMIHA submitted 5 applications for consideration. I am pleased to announce that we were successful on four of the applications. The AMIHA awards represented over 10% of the entire Phoenix region allocation. The projects funded were:
1. Torres-Martinez – 4 new stick built homes – $ 569,304
2. Pauma – 3 new stick built homes – $ 566,933
3. LaJolla – 3 new stick built homes – $ 567,530
4. Viejas – 3 new stick built homes – $ 568,006
Total: $ 2,271,733
AMIHA’s success in the ICDBG process is directly attributable to the partnerships that we have developed that have greatly increased our grant leveraging ability. The following partners contributed to leveraging, both financially and in kind, of the grant applications:
Santa Ynez Tribal Council: Direct financial support to leverage the Pauma and LaJolla grants
Morongo Tribal Council: Direct financial support to leverage the Torres-Martinez Grant
Indian Health Services: In-Kind water and septic system contributions
Viejas Tribal Council: In kind site preparation and grading services
Reservation Transportation Authority : Design, Engineering and Construction Management Services
AMIHA has already executed the funding agreements and will work to initiate work on these projects as expeditiously as possible.