COHARIE INTRA TRIBAL COUNCIL, INC (CITCI)
NAHASDA HOUSING PROGRAMS
This grant is made possible because of the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996. This act provides block grant funds to Indian Tribes, through the US Department of Housing for low income to moderate income Indian families residing on Indian reservations and other Indian areas. This act recognized the Federal Governments trust responsibility to Indian to provide them with safe, sanitary and decent housing and recognizes the sovereignty of Indian Tribes to implement their own housing programs consistent with local conditions. The Tribe selected the Coharie Intra-Tribal Council, Inc. as the tribal designated entity (TDHE) to administer the housing block grant under NAHASDA to provide Down Payment, Rehabilitation and Emergency Assistance for low income Indian families.
Supporting Documents Required for Each Program:
(FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)
- Tribal Card
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Criminal Record (all members over age 16)
- Verification of Income (one month prior to returning application and income tax return)
- Copy of checking and savings bank statements (if applicable)
- Proof of ownership (copy of deed, title)
DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE
Funding Limit: Not to exceed $6,666.66
The Down Payment Assistance Program (DPA) is designed to assist eligible families in becoming homeowners, not to assist borrows in acquiring properties for investment purposes. The Goal of the Coharie Intra Tribal Council, Inc (CITCI) is to place families in a site built home or a modular home (valued at $10,000 or more).
Applicants must maintain the home as their primary residence for a period of 5 years before the grant is forgiven. However, should the home be sold prior to the 5 years of ownership a repayment of the grant contributions must be made within a 30-day period after relinquishment or arrangement made.
*This service is available on a first come first serve basis if funds are available.
Funding Limit: Not to exceed $10,000.00
The rehabilitation program is to provide rehabilitation to existing homes that would otherwise have unsafe conditions. The rehabilitation program will provide a suitable living environment for existing homes owned by low-income Indian families.
The Housing Rehabilitation Program (HRP) provides services to repair, or replace existing housing conditions for qualified low to moderate income Indian families. The (HRP) afford an Indian family an opportunity to eliminate conditions who would otherwise have no other resource for assistance. CITCI will monitor rehabilitation work being done to make sure it meets minimum construction standards and building codes. In addition to a County inspection and CITCI monitoring the work.
Funding Limit: Not to exceed $1,000.00
The emergency assistance program is designed to provide limited financial assistance to tribal members who are experience economic hardship due to certain emergency situations. Situations would be short term and temporary in nature given below: Accessibility alterations as a result of incapacitation, well, septic system or plumbing, heating & air conditioning issues, acts of nature not covered by homeowner’s insurance, electrical system hazards, and temporary housing due to fire. The existence of the emergency assistance funds does not constitute an entitlement to funds. The emergency fund is intended to assist in the event of an emergency or crisis when no other funding source is available. The fund is intended to address onetime emergency needs and not intended for ongoing financial support. Service district is throughout Sampson and Harnett counties. There is no active waiting list maintained for this program.
Application and Income Guidelines for all above programs:
Emergency Rental Assistance
Application is available below and onsite on the breezeway in the big black mailbox. Information can be dropped off in the big black mailbox at tribal center or emailed back to Katherine Simmons Alonso at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligible households include families that have:
- Enrolled Coharie Tribal Member
- Must reside in Sampson or Harnett County
- Income below 80 percent of the area median income
- An obligation to pay rent.
- A household member that has a reduction of income or other financial hardship due to COVID
- Experienced or are at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Eligible uses of funds include payment of:
- Rental arrears
- Utilities and home energy costs
- Utilities and home energy cost arrears
Rental assistance provided to an eligible household should not be duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household.
Tribal members must also provide in writing that they have experienced a reduction in income, incurred significant cost, or experienced other financial hardship due to COVID-19. This program is NOT for homeowners or tribal members with mortgages. To apply for this program, you MUST be a renter. This program is to help prevent current renters from becoming homeless or evicted. If you currently receive any type of public assistance or HUD for rent, then you DO NOT QUALIFY for this program. Applications will be available online.
For more information feel free to contact:
Katherine Simmons/CITCI Housing Department
(910) 564-6909 Extension 5
(910) 385-5722 Cell