2015 started with the NLC redefines its focus area to support the primary objectives of NAHASDA, including: Supporting tribal affordable housing activities; Advancing self-sufficiency through financial wellness; Identifying grants and other funding opportunities; Improving access to private mortgage markets; Providing economic and community development resources; and Highlighting new and innovative planning for tribal infrastructure.
The NLC staff attended and technical information was disseminated at the NCAI Convention and Marketplace (October 27-31, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia) and the HUD ONAP Asset Building Summit: A Pathway to Economic Self-Determination (November 18-19, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota); the Native IDA Convening and Training Session on in Denver, Colorado, Boots to Business: Veteran’s Small Business Session (March 10-11, 2015 in Miami, FL); Native American Housing: Obstacles and Opportunities Panel Webinar featuring Rodger Boyd (March 24, 2015); the OMB’s New Uniform Guidance Training (March 25-26, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM); the OWEESTA: Building Native Communities Financial Skills for Families – Certified Instruction Training (May 4-6, 2015 in Tulsa, OK); HUD’s Promise Zone Webinars (June 16, 2015 and July 14, 2015); and the SBA Office of Native American Affairs 8(a) Workshop for Tribes and Native Americans (July 23, 2015). The NLC staff attended and facilitated a training session on Financial Literacy at the Youth Camp (January 28, February 25, March 23, April 29, July 27 and August 3, 2015)
In addition, NLC staff attended and technical information was disseminated at the Gathering of Nations (April 23-25, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM); the AMERIND Risk/NAIHC Convention and Tradeshow (May 12-14, 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ); the United Southern and Eastern Tribes (USET) Semi-Annual Meeting (May 18-20, 2015 in Mashantucket, CT); the Southern Plains Indian Housing Associations (SPINA) Spring Meeting (May 19-22, 2015 in Catoosa, OK); and the Florida Indian Youth Conference (July 10-17, 2015). The NLC furthermore facilitated the Tribal Housing Training Series and at tribal colleges, including Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) (July 7-9, 2015) and Leech Lake Tribal College (August 11-13, 2015) with supplementary Training for Tribal Asset Building: Leveraging Resources (September 9-11, 2015 in Flagstaff, AZ)
The NLC conducted over 100 webinars in fiscal year 2015 included the following sessions: Creating Tribal Member Owned Businesses, Grant Writing 101 – 103, Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program Compliance, Self-Monitoring: IHP/APR, Team Building for Housing Departments and Time Management. The NLC’s top nationwide community outreached activities included California, Oklahoma with over 3,500 sessions in fiscal year 2015. In the digital and online realm, the NLC has increased the sessions and vistors to the website by at least 20% to the top three pages: the Home Page, Trainings and Events page and the About the NLC – Staff, Focus Areas page. The topic traffic sources for the NLC website came from Organic Rating (Google, Bing, Yahoo), Referral Links (HUD Portal and Kerretv Online) and Direct Links. The NLC website had a growth of new users increased by 11.13%.
By using IHBG Funds the NLC was able to perform the training / technical assistance activities including Apache Housing Authority (February 18-19, March 31 – April 2 and May 1, 2015); Bridgeport Colony Development Corporation (April 6-9, 2015); Delaware Nation of Oklahoma (April 28-30, 2015); Leech Lake Housing Authority (May 5-7, 2015); On-site Financial Literacy training (July 13-17, July 28, and August 3, 2015); On-site Home Buyer Education and Financial Wellness training (August 18-19, 2015); Taos Pueblo Housing Authority (August 19-20, 2015); and Comanche Nation Housing Authority (September 22-24, 2015).
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