The Round Valley Indian Housing Authority (RVIHA) was created by Tribal Ordinance in 1975. The RVIHA is the Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) and the designated recipient of the annual Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG).
The RVIHA was created to provide safe, sanitary and decent housing for low-income Round Valley Indian Tribes (RVIT) members. It was realized in 1975 and earlier that there existed within the Round Valley Indian Reservation unsafe, unsanitary and overcrowded housing conditions. It was expected that creation of the RVIHA would help to begin to alleviate those conditions. We have families living in used mobile homes without water, sewer, and electric. Overcrowding continues to be a serious problem due to a lack of decent low rent housing.
There are 57 low rent units in which 15 homes are designated for the Elderly/ Disabled. The Mutual Help Program has helped low-income families achieve the American Dream of becoming homeowners. There are 63 Mutual Help homes; the deeds are in the process of being conveyed through the Central California Bureau of Indian Affairs in Sacramento.
The creation of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) in 1996 has given Tribes across the land the freedom and flexibility to design programs, within Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Guidelines, that are responsive to the needs of their members. Programs such as the Homebuyers Assistance, Emergency and Move - In Assistance Programs were created in response to requests from the community.
Since the first NAHASDA grant was received by the RVIHA in 1998, an ambitious plan has been created to build new rental housing and create new homeownership opportunities. To date RVIHA dreams are slowly becoming a reality, we have been able to serve many families and individuals on and off the Reservation.
The following is an update on Housing Services that have been provided since 1998:
•Rental Assistance Programs – 968 Tribal members served;
•Homebuyers Assistance Program – 38 Tribal members served and one client pending approval;
•Housing Rehabilitation – 1937 Act Homes – 19 tribal members served and 5 additional homes are waiting to begin work for a total of 24;
•Privately owned homes – 42 Tribal members served with 2 homes waiting for work to begin, this would bring the total to 44 homes;
•Elders Housing – 21 Tribal Elders served
•Housing Improvement Program (HIP) – 29
As you can see our programs have been very successful however, there is always room for improvement and the RVIT, RVIHA’s Board of Commissioners and Staff are working diligently on honing those services in to meet our Tribal members needs.