HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research managed a congressionally mandated study of the housing needs of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. The study used several sources of information, including collecting new data from households and stakeholders. For copies of the survey instruments, please see the list of documents under “data collection tools.” In addition to the primary data collection, the study also includes 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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A briefing on the findings of the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs is available here.
The study is completed. Published reports include:
- Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas Executive Summary
- Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas
- Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Urban Areas
- Mortgage Lending on Tribal Land
- Continuity and Change: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Housing Conditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives
In July 2016, the draft of the report Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal areas was provided to tribes for comment. A document containing a summary of the comments and HUD’s responses is available here.
Hawaii Study Update
A comprehensive report on Native Hawaiian housing needs will be published in February 2017.
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
- Expert Panel
- Detailed Study Summary
- Introduction to Sampling
- Impact of Outreach Sessions on the Design of the Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs
- Sample of Tribes for the Household Survey and Tribal/TDHE Survey
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Ho-Chunk Nation comments (6/30/11)
- Cook Inlet Housing Authority comments (7/5/11)
- Association of Alaska Housing Authority comments (7/5/11)
- Cook Inlet Housing Authority follow-up to HUD comments (8/22/11)
- Household In-Person Survey
- Tribal/TDHE Telephone Survey
- Tribal/TDHE Web Survey
- Tribal Housing Office/TDHE Onsite-Interview Guide
- Tribal Housing Official or Other Housing Officials On-Site Interview Guide
- Tribal Leader On-Site Interview Guide
- Community Leader On-Site Interview Guide
- Housing Finance Agency Telephone Interview Guide
- Lender Telephone Interview Guide
- Native Hawaiian Study Interview Guide
- Native Americans Living in Urban Areas Interview Guides
- Paperwork Reduction Act Materials: Part A (final)
- Paperwork Reduction Act Materials: Part B (final)
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