ABOUT NCIHA 2018-10-27T22:10:56+00:00

NORTHERN CIRCLE INDIAN HOUSING AUTHORITY

Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority is a tribally designated housing entity established in 1979, to access, construct, and manage housing for member tribes. The Northern Circle board and staff work jointly with tribal leaders to address community issues. NCIHA and its member tribes share responsibility in a joint effort towards the common goal of creating healthy indian communities working as resources and allies. NCIHA is committed to provide well constructed, well maintained, and affordable homes that promote healthy communities. Overall it is our goal to create safe and healthy communities for families to live in and raise their children.

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To help Tribal Governments with the development of their communities. To do so in a way that is consistent with the Tribes social, cultural and economic values. To alleviate some of the effects of poverty by providing quality housing for Native Americans in Northern California.

Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority is a Tribal Governmental Agency. It was established in 1980 to access, construct and manage housing for member Tribes. The Tribal governments that have appointed Northern Circle as their Tribally Designated Housing Entity participate in organizational decisions on the Board of Commissioners. Each member Tribe appoints two commissioners to the board.

Northern Circle has worked with member tribes to develop, construct, and manage over 350 homes on 11 Reservations. Indian communities where housing development is planned or has been completed include Berry Creek, Guidiville, Hopland, Laytonville, Manchester/Point Arena, Mooretown, Pinoleville, Redwood Valley, Robinson, Sherwood Valley, Rumsey and Stewarts Point.

The development of housing for these tribes has, in most cases, doubled the previous on-site population, providing the nucleus for a cultural and social revitalization of these communities.

Our Management Department assists participants in understanding the requirements of the housing program that is guided by Federal program regulations. The Northern Circle Board and staff work jointly with Tribal Leaders to address community issues. It is our common goal to create safe and healthy communities for families to live in and raise their children.

In recognition of diverse Tribal housing needs Northern Circle and member tribes have developed comprehensive housing programs and services. These include off-reservation tenant based rental and down payment assistance programs and rehabilitation or replacement of homes both on and off reservation. We continue to identify funding sources and financing opportunities to provide housing assistance for families outside reservation boundaries.

NCIHA completes an independent audit of our organization and programs each year. NCIHA is proud of the fact that we have had very clean audits over the past years with no findings or recommendations

  • USDA Rural Development Certificate of Distinguished Performance – 2003
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition of Oustanding and Invaluable Service to Community – 2009
  • California State Assembly, Screaming Eagle Award – 2010
  • Certificate of Congressional Recognition – 2010
  • Certificate of Honor, City and County of San Francisco Office of the Assessor-Recorder – 2010
NCIHA is governed by the Board of Commissioners. Each member tribe selects two Commissioners to represent that tribe on the Board. Commissioners serve for a four year term. The Board is charged with establishing policy, monitoring program compliance and assuring that polices and regulation are followed, approving budgets, contracts and applications for funding and evaluating the effectiveness of the Executive Director. Board members accept the responsibility of becoming well informed concerning the duties of Board members and proper functions of the Board of Commissioners, to recognize that authority rests only with the Board in official meetings and that the individual members have no legal status to bind the Board outside of such meetings. NCIHA’s Board of Commissioners expect that the business transactions of the Board and NCIHA will be ethical, transparent and in compliance with all tribal and federal laws and regulation.

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Meet The Board of Commissioners

Brian Yepez, Hopland
Brian Yepez, HoplandChairperson
Melanie Rafanan, Sherwood Valley
Melanie Rafanan, Sherwood ValleyVice Chairperson
Janice Nevarez, Redwood Valley
Janice Nevarez, Redwood Valley Treasurer
 Richard Martin, Berry Creek
Richard Martin, Berry Creek
Levi Brown, Berry Creek
Levi Brown, Berry Creek
Delores Pady, Redwood Valley
Delores Pady, Redwood Valley Secretary
Courtny Sanchez, Guidiville
Courtny Sanchez, Guidiville
Merlene Sanchez, Guidiville
Merlene Sanchez, Guidiville
Joe Sandiego, Hopland
Joe Sandiego, Hopland
Leslie Pike, Manchester Point Arena
Leslie Pike, Manchester Point Arena
Leslie Pike, Manchester Point Arena
Leslie Pike, Manchester Point Arena
 Marty Archuleta, Mooretown
Marty Archuleta, Mooretown
EarlyJim James, Sherwood Valley
EarlyJim James, Sherwood Valley

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