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Tribal Nations Housing Development Assistance

Tribal Nations Housing Development
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The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), in partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBank), is pleased to announce the Tribal Nations Housing Development Assistance Program. The program builds on tribal nations’ existing capacity by providing the financial, knowledge, and technical resources each needs to develop affordable housing programs and projects that respond to their unique communities.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis is supporting this new program with a grant of up to $3 million, which marks the Bank’s largest grant to a single organization. The grant will provide flexible funding to help remove barriers to program participation and will cover critical predevelopment expenses, respond to additional capacity building needs and opportunities, and help bridge project financing gaps. 

MSHDA has retained the National American Indian Housing Council to offer a series of tailored trainings as well as one-on-one project and organizational technical assistance.

Program Strategy

The effort will begin with individual outreach to the 12 federally recognized tribal nations that share geography in Michigan, followed by an assessment of the need in each participating nation. Need will be determined by reviewing existing data that a participating nation has and/or has access to. The outreach and identification of need(s) will inform the creation of a housing finance and development toolkit, tailored to the unique opportunities and challenges in tribal nations.

The second phase of the effort involves three two-day, in-person sessions in which the content of the toolkit is delivered to project teams from each participating nation. The sessions are a combination of direct training, peer-to-peer learning, and case studies. Anticipated topics include: affordable housing models, determining the need, the development process, assembling the development team, affordable housing financing programs and structures, operations budgeting, property management, culturally relevant design, construction management, and leasing a property. Additionally, individualized technical assistance plans will be crafted for each participating team.

Intensive one-on-one technical assistance will be offered to each participating nation, both between the sessions and after completion of the training series. The assistance will cover project finance (e.g., identification of sources, supporting applications) and development (e.g., advancing project plans, predevelopment activities).

Program Timeline

The program will formally launch in January 2024. Toolkit development and delivery will take place in 2024; the provision of technical assistance will also commence in 2024. Funds allocated to the Program will be fully expended by the end of the third quarter in 2026, if not sooner.

Questions and Expressions of Interest

For questions, email MSHDA-OHS@michigan.gov