Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs


HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research is managing a congressionally mandated study of the housing needs of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. The study is underway and the final report will be published in December 2016. A draft of the report will be made available to tribes for comment in July 2016. The study will use several sources of information, including both primary and secondary data collection. For draft copies of the survey instruments, please see the list of documents under “data collection tools.” In addition to the primary data collection, the study will also include an in-depth analysis of Census data and administrative data from HUD and other federal agencies.

The goal of the study is to provide clear, credible, and consistent information to assess the housing conditions in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. The study is intended to inform policy and allow HUD to serve tribes more effectively.

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Tribal/TDHE Web Survey

Invitations to respond to the web version of the tribal/TDHE survey were sent on May 3, 2013. We are still gathering email addresses for some tribes and TDHEs so if you haven't received an invitation yet and are on one of the lists referenced below, please get in touch and provide a current email address. If you have received an invitation, we hope that you will participate.

If you are located in the lower-48 states, please check this list for your tribe/TDHE.

If you are in Alaska, please check this list.

Tribal Leader Consultations

Please visit our consultation page for the full minutes and summary report on the tribal leader consultations.

Current Status

We are well on our way to producing the most complete national housing survey of American Indians and Alaska Natives on tribal lands. To date:

  • 38 of 38 tribes have approved participation in the Household Survey.
  • The Household Survey has been completed in 38 tribal areas and we have achieved a response rate of 67 percent.
  • 1,340 surveys were completed, which exceeds our original goal of 1,280 completed surveys.
  • We have completed 107 TDHE telephone surveys.
  • 22 site visits to tribal areas have been completed.
  • Data collection has been completed for the Urban component of the study.
  • The survey of lenders has also been completed.

Hawaii Study Update

512 surveys of Native Hawaiian households were completed, exceeding the 500 originally targeted.

Interim Report

An interim report titled Continuity and Change: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Housing Conditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives (referred to informally as the interim Native American housing needs report) was released at the end of March 2014 and is available for review. The final report, including results of the nationally representative survey of housing needs in tribal areas, is scheduled for release in December 2016.



If you have further questions about the study or any of the content described on this page, please contact Elizabeth Rudd in HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research.
Phone: 202-402-7607

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