National Native Homeownership Coalition (NNHC)
Homeownership in Indian Country: Creating the Opportunity for Choice
Housing options are a key element to dynamic community development and economic growth. Yet despite a strong desire on many American Indian reservations to own a home, homeownership is not always readily available. Tribal policies and codes are needed to support homeownership on tribal trust lands. There is also a need to make the financial resources for mortgage lending more accessible to tribal members to improve homeownership opportunities and expand reservation housing markets.
The CICD established the National Native Homeownership Coalition (NNHC) in 2016 to enhance homeownership opportunities in tribal communities, especially on trust lands, by bringing together key players and systems leaders in order to resolve barriers to homeownership on trust lands.
Making homeownership a priority
Tribal leadership provides the critical foundation for homeownership to flourish within their homelands. Several tribes have developed well-coordinated legal, financial, and physical infrastructures to support homeownership opportunities within their communities. The following video shows how the Confederated Tribes of Salish and Kootenai on the Flathead Reservation in Montana have made homeownership a priority for the community and created a successful housing market.
How the Confederated Tribes of Salish and Kootenai Made Homeownership a Priority on the Flathead Reservation in Montana
The NNHC has identified the following goals:
- Enhance access to mortgage credit
- Maximize housing choice
- Streamline the lending process
- Provide data and research on mortgage lending
These goals originated from the 2016 Mortgage Lending Convening, a historic gathering to evaluate Indian Country’s access to mortgage lending markets. Our findings were startling—since 2005, lending on fee land has diverged widely from lending on trust lands. For example, 88% of lending is on fee land, with only 12% on trust land under Indian Country’s most popular mortgage product, the HUD 184 Loan Program.
Through collaboration and partnerships, with its 200 members, the NNHC is addressing the underlying issues in order to improve the competiveness of mortgage lending on trust land.
- Tribal Leadership Support
- Lending Systems
- Data and Research
- Homebuyer Readiness
- Capital and Secondary Markets
The Coalition regularly shares a progress update on the goals of each working group. Please see the links below to learn more.