Rural & Native American
Who We Are
Enterprise’s Rural and Native American Program (RNAP) has sought to support safe, decent, and culturally appropriate housing on tribal lands and rural communities since 1997. We develop tools and resources for our partners to build their capacity and amplify their impact to create and preserve housing. Well-designed quality affordable homes helps provide opportunities for low- and moderate-income households in rural and Native American communities, providing stability and a better life for residents.
What We Do
Our Rural and Native American Program provides funding and training along with technical assistance to organizations to help create healthy, safe, green affordable homes and to increase opportunities for economic advancement for individuals and families in both rural and Native communities.
Our priorities consist of:
- Preserving affordable rural rental homes through technical assistance and the delivery of trainings and peer learning sessions designed to help rural housing providers acquire and/or preserve rent restricted housing in their communities.
- Expand access to homeownership opportunities for Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and native/Native Hawaiians by building the capacity of housing providers (including tribes, Tribal Housing Authorities, Tribally Designated Housing Entities and Native Community Development Financial Institutions) to enhance and implement homeownership programs.
Enhancing and Implementing Homeownership Programs in Native Communities is an interactive training curriculum designed as a companion guide to the 2018 Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership. It will be accompanied by a virtual training series for Native practitioners assisting them with improving housing conditions on tribal land.
The Rural and Native American Program has funded organizations working in rural and Native American communities across the country. Grants support activities like preservation of 515 properties, increasing Native homeownership, developing permanent supportive housing projects and supporting community and economic development and housing initiatives.
Three South Dakota tribes completed a first-of-its-kind veterans housing needs and homeownership study to help identify the housing and service issues most important to veterans on each reservation and develop tailored programs in order to address these collective concerns. The South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition (SNCC) commissioned the studies with funding support from Enterprise.