AMIHA was founded in
1970 with the purpose of providing affordable, low income housing to the Tribal Members. AMIHA serves 10 reservations in 3 counties. With over 45 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 88 units and will construct 9 in the upcoming 2016 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 147 units in management.
AMIHA continues to administer the old Mutual Help program for approximately 78 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.
• AMIHA has increased its use of building products “Made in the USA” to 50% 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
On April 15th, HUD published its annual invitation for applications for projects to be funded by the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program (ICDBG). AMIHA staff has begun the grant application preparation process and the Executive Director has been conducting planning meetings with the Tribes that AMIHA will be applying on behalf of.
The ICDBG program has been instrumental in AMIHA’s ability to develop new housing for tribal members. Since 2010, AMIHA has been the most successful Indian organization in the Nation in terms of the number of grants awarded. Over the past five years, AMIHA has successfully applied for and implemented 15 ICDBG grants resulting in the construction of 65 new single family homes as well as a number of infrastructure development projects.
We hope to continue this success with our 2016 applications. AMIHA will be preparing new housing application on behalf of Viejas, Torres-Martinez, and Santa Rosa. A LaJolla infrastructure application involving water line replacement will also be prepared. A total of 10 homes will be built if the grant applications score well enough for funding consideration.
HUD anticipates award announcements in mid-September. If successful, construction will begin on eleven new homes in early 2017.