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This two-day course is designed to explore how Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) can leverage Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) funds to support residents’ efforts to become self-sufficient. As participants start thinking about how to promote self-sufficiency for clients, this may mean a shift in a focus from providing services to providing programming to help clients become self-sufficient. The course combines hands-on, participatory activities, small group exercises, and large group discussions. We start by exploring what selfsufficiency
means and how it contributes to tribal nations’ self-determination, self sufficiency and asset building, looking at how Native peoples were self-sufficient. We then examine what self-sufficiency could look like for residents, and what more self sufficient residents would mean for our TDHEs. We then turn to how participants are currently using NAHASDA funds, and discuss eligible activities that can directly support self-sufficiency efforts. We take an in-depth look at asset building as a keystone to self sufficiency programming, and then turn to workforce development efforts, and entrepreneurship as a workforce development strategy. We then look at who is focusing on asset-building and workforce development in our communities, and start to identify potential partners through a community-mapping exercise and discuss funding
sources. Participants will then have an opportunity to hear best practices from a Native Housing Authority, then start designing their actual self-sufficiency programming, prioritizing areas to focus on, estimating costs, and modifying their resident intake form. We will conclude the course by developing work plans to guide our next steps.

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