Agency Overview

Purpose of the Agency Plan

The Standing Rock Housing Authority (SRHA) was originally created in 1961 by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) and will generate the opportunity to a better selections of custom homes. In order to further its mission, SRHA’s responsibilities and mandate were expanded to include it as a permanent Regular SRHA BOC meeting whose purpose is “…to promote, and act as facilitators to create affordable housing in the Town of Standing Rock Housing Authority.” To that end, SRHA’s priority project is to produce an affordable housing plan that is reasonable given SR Housing’s current growth and land use conditions, but that also responds to the town’s growing housing needs and lack of affordable housing opportunities for its residents.

SRHA will operate and maintain housing for low income and homeless families living on the Standing Rock Reservation. SRHA has addressed the need for homeownership by providing down payment assistance to homebuyers with funds from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The SRHA has applied and has received Tax Credits for repair of the current housing stock and additional new housing, it currently is working on an eight District Project which includes new modern, and custom housing units for multifamily in the communities of Cannonball, Porcupine, Fort Yates, Kenel, Bear Soldier, Bullhead, Little Eagle, and Wakpala.

SRHA is also working with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to provide infrastructure for additional units and working with the Tribe to rehabilitate most of the vacant buildings in each of the 8 districts to turn these buildings into transitional units to improve the availability of housing on the reservation.

The Standing Rock Housing Authority (SRHA) is a Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) formed under the laws of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe as designated in the Federal Register.) SRHA is highly experienced in the process of developing affordable housing, managing a variety of funding sources, complying with various program requirements and maintaining precise and accurate records for all parties involved. The housing authority had amassed an impressive track record of developing and managing affordable housing on the Standing Rock reservation. Over 460 units make up the 17 Tax Credit projects developed and currently managed by the Standing Rock Housing Authority. Out 18th Tax Credit Project (30) new construction units has been completed this year. All of the tax credit projects are located on the Standing Rock Reservation and some of the projects located in North Dakota and some located in South Dakota.

In total the SRHA has more than 1,000 units in its inventory. All of the key personnel associated with the SRHA had extensive experience and training in NAHASDA, LIHTC, Section 184 Home Loan Programs and Section 8 Low Income Housing Programs. All of SRHA’s low income housing projects are successfully operating and are in full compliance with the governing agencies. Now the SRHA is working with FEMA for Trailers for tribal members.

The need for affordable rental housing on the Standing Rock Reservation is extreme. Poverty is rampant and jobs are scarce. Two and three families often share one home because there is not enough housing on the reservation. Despite the bleak situation, the SRHA is a beacon of hope for the tribal community. As the only developer of affordable housing on the reservation, the SRHA had both a mandate and a proven track record necessary to provide homes for its tribal families.

The demand for affordable rental housing on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation far outweighs the financial resources available for SRHA to keep pace. The Standing Rock Housing Authority maintains a lengthy list of families in need of affordable housing on the Standing Rock Reservation. The current low-income list maintained by the SRHA has 408 families in need of affordable housing.

While we have the technical capacity, a highly skilled development team and broadly based political support, out limit financial resources are the primary barrier impeding our efforts. With the help of the South Dakota Housing Development Agency and funding sources like the tax credit program, we can leverage out limited resources to the greatest extent possible in order to keep pace with the pressing needs of our low-income community.

The unfortunate reality on the Standing Rock Reservation is that there is no private market for housing that could benefit members of our community. The SRHA is the sole developer of affordable housing on the reservation. This means that affordable rental housing is an absolute necessity for tribal members. Vacancy rates identified in market studies completed in 2012 demonstrated a tremendous demand exists for affordable housing. The January 2012 market study prepared by Bowen National Research revealed 954 subsidized units reserved for low income families on the reservation had a combined occupancy rate of 100%. As noted by the market analyst, these levels are extremely high for rental housing and indicative for the tremendous need for additional units.

Demand for housing is great and the availability is depressingly low. In January 2012, housing market study details the dire need for affordable housing in our community. For example, the population on the reservation increased by almost 3% from 2000 to 2010. During the same time period, however the affordable housing stock unfortunately did not increase as the same pace. In the 2012 Indian Housing Plan required NAHASDA 1,037 total families are identified as in need of housing. Of those, 450 are low income and have unmet low-income housing on the Standing Rock Reservation. As a result, tribal members can expect a minimum nine to twelve month waiting period for an available rental unit. Units managed by the SRHA have a vacancy rate less than one percent.

Business Overview

Affordable Housing Plan Goals

It is important to respect the Town’s needs when planning for affordable housing. Not only is great attention needed when addressing problems socially and financially, but also when dealing with the stewardship under which the building is constructed, and maintaining the lowest possible monthly living and maintenance costs for the household. Efficiency is of upmost importance in each independent system within the house. A strong emphasis is also needed when considering the character of the town. A prime example of an affordable housing development placed correctly is when it is unrecognizable to the everyday citizen as “low income housing”. Standing Rock Housing Authority will operate and maintain its rental and homeownership units in accordance and adopt policies/procedures from.

This will include

  1. The performance of routine and non-routine maintenance;
  2. Unit inspections;
  3. Grounds and facilities operations and maintenance;
  4. Leasing management functions for tenants and homebuyers such as waiting list management, selections, evictions, counseling and training;
  5. Program oversight;
  6. Financial management/rent collection;
  7. Insurance coverage; and
  8. Records maintenance.

The Standing Rock Housing Authority (SRHA) was originally created in 2015 by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) and will generate the opportunity to a better selections of custom homes. In order to further its mission, SRHA’s responsibilities and mandate were expanded to include it as a permanent Regular SRHA BOC meeting whose purpose is “…to promote, and act as facilitators to create affordable housing in the Town of Standing Rock Housing Authority.” To that end, SRHA’s priority project is to produce an affordable housing plan that is reasonable given SR Housing’s current growth and land use conditions, but that also responds to the town’s growing housing needs and lack of affordable housing opportunities for its residents.

SRHA will operate and maintain housing for low income and homeless families living on the Standing Rock Reservation. SRHA has addressed the need for homeownership by providing down payment assistance to homebuyers with funds from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The SRHA has applied and has received Tax Credits for repair of the current housing stock and additional new housing, it currently is working on an eight District Project which includes new modern, and custom housing units for multifamily in the communities of Cannonball, Porcupine, Fort Yates, Kenel, Bear Soldier, Bullhead, Little Eagle, and Wakpala.

SRHA is also working with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to provide infrastructure for additional units and working with the Tribe to rehabilitate most of the vacant buildings in each of the 8 districts to turn these buildings into transitional units to improve the availability of housing on the reservation.

Year 2015 – 2035 Master Economic Development & Housing Development Plan

To consider the strategic and operational planning for the Standing Rock Housing Authority.

  1. Creating a General Tribal Development Corporation (TDC) LLC
  2. Establish a SRHA 501(c)(3) meaning – (Tribal Development Corporation, SRST Entity)
  3. Elderly Apartment Complex in Bear Soldier, SD
  4. Elderly Apartment Complex in Fort Yates, ND
  5. Three Story public Apartment to be built in Fort Yates, ND
  6. Achieve the Section 184 Self Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP)
  7. Attain the USDA Rural Development's 502 loan/grant program for homeownership
  8. Build more Residential and Commercial Storage Units (Tribal Development Corporation, SRST Entity)
  9. Began planning for a Hardware & Lumberyard Company (Tribal Development Corporation, SRST Entity)

2015 Housing Implementation Action Plans

The Standing Rock Housing Authority will continue to seek new business systems and improve existing work processes through an emphasis on technological innovations designed to improve customer service, enhance communication, and reduce administrative burden and intensity of paperwork.

  1. Upgrade out-of-date communications infrastructure to include computer hardware/software, phone system, network, etc.
  2. Secure Paperless Workflow Technology to increase operational efficiency.
    1. Continue implementation of paperless system in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Department and begin incorporating paperless systems in the Low Rent Public Housing Department.
    2. Implement electronic signatures that comply with regulations, expedite business processes, and reduce operational costs.
  3. In process on creating a new website and link it to a web portal that has access to the following portals:
    1. Landlord Portal for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program
    2. Tenant Portal for Low Rent Public Housing Residents
    3. Tenant Portal for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program participants
    4. Applicant Portal for Low Rent Public Housing and Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher applicants
  4. Create a Point of Purchase System for goods and services and eliminate/reduce on-site inventory.
  5. Secure Office location for Scattered Site Units.

Conclusion to Needs Assessment

To better clarify my integrity towards the Standing Rock Housing Authority future, I been working extensively on the Business Continuation Plan (BCP)/Strategic Planning, and when completed, will document strategies and procedures to maintain, resume, and recover critical business functions and processes. It will detail the types of events that would lead up to the formal declaration of a disruption and the process for invoking the SRHA - BCP. It will describe the responsibilities and procedures to be followed by each continuity team and contain contact lists of critical personnel. It will ultimately describe in detail the procedures to be followed to recover each business function affected by the disruption and will be written in such a way that various groups of personnel can implement it in a timely manner.

In order to reach the goal of having a complete and well-written SRHA - BCP the following steps will being taken. The Board of Commissioners that represent each of the Eight District(s) and/or critical SRHA team has appointed a person responsible for representing the districts/department on the Business Continuity Planning Team. It is the responsibility of the selected team to complete the steps required to complete the plan, including but not limited to the following:

  • Conduct a unit risk analysis using materials provided by Public Safety.
  • Identify existing and easily implemented controls to avoid identified risks (justification).
  • Determine the time frame for makeshift level of operations and then full recovery.
  • Identify alternative work sites for most critical functions.
  • Provide for the ongoing backup of critical data and protection of critical equipment.
  • Develop plans for recovering impacted operations quickly, and strategies for providing programs and services under various emergency conditions.
  • Continue to revise and establish procedures for contacting appropriate SRHA/SRST in the event of an interruption of operations.

 


Related Documents

:. Housing Title (click to Download PDF file)

:. Personel Policy (click to Download PDF file)

:. SRHA MEPA Use Policy (click to Download PDF file)

:. SRHA Occupancy Policies (click to Download PDF file)

:. SRHA Rental Occupancy (click to Download PDF file)

:. SRHA Tenant Lease and Compliance Policy (click to Download PDF file)