The Emergency Assistance is for emergencies related to housing, typically; utilities, propane or emergency shelter for homelessness. This program is usually reserved for renters who find themselves in a past due situation. The funding is limited to $500 and is only available to Tribal Members once every 24 months. This program is limited to one application per household per every twenty-four (24) months.
Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Emergency Assistance Housing for Housing Related Emergencies Policy/Application
The IHBG Emergency Assistance is intended to provide supplemental funds for homeowners who encounter housing related emergencies which they are responsible for repairing, such as; emergency roof repairs, septic issues, and appliance replacement in the amount up to Two Thousand dollars ($2,000) limited to one application per household per every twenty-four (24) months. Renters usually do not qualify for this program because the owner of the unit/property is responsible for these type of housing related emergencies.
Rental Assistance / Eviction Prevention
The Rental Assistance Program is designed to prevent homelessness for eligible applicants (as defined by its Policies and Procedures). The Program has two distinct areas of service.
- To assist participants moving into affordable housing (up to $1,500)
- To prevent homelessness due to evictions (up to $1,000)
This program is available to Tribal Members who would like assistance being placed into a rental unit. The program provides up to $1,500 move in assistance which typically includes; first month’s rent and security deposit. This program also assists with eviction prevention for up to $1,000. Eviction Prevention usually covers delinquent rental/mortgage payments for the unit up to $1,000 in order to prevent homelessness. one requirement is that the rental/mortgage payment cannot exceed 30% of the monthly income for either Rental Assistance or Eviction Prevention. This is to ensure that the Tribal Member has adequate income necessary to meet the terms of their lease.
Rental Assistance is a loan that becomes a grant after one year if the recipient complies with all the terms and conditions of the program. Rental Assistance is limited to one application per household per every twenty-four (24) months. The loan is subject to full repayment if the recipient defaults on the terms and conditions of the program requirements within one year.
Low Rent Program
The Low Rent Housing Program consists of twenty-one (20) rental properties. There are six (12) low rent units located in the Mountain area and nine (9) units in the Valley area.
This program is for Low Income Tribal Members. The units available for this program are houses owned by the CIHA. The homes are typically 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, located in; Fresno, Clovis, YLP, Indian Lakes and Oakhurst. The locations and availability for these homes are rapidly expanding and Tribal Members are encouraged to apply, currently, there is a waiting list and the applicants are chosen based on a point system. As new developments arise, the CIHA anticipates a time when the availability of these homes will exceed the necessity and Tribal Members will be placed when they apply. The Monthly Rental Payments are based on 25% of monthly income minus utility and excessive mileage deductions. Attached is the application and 6 month update application which is required every 6 months in order to maintain an active file/application.
The goal of the CIHA is to provide affordable homes with safe and healthy environments. With clear definitions of resident and CIHA responsibilities, the houses are maintained to the established standard of home maintenance and housekeeping as set forth in the Lease Agreement.
We are currently accepting applications for this program.
Down Payment/Match Funds for Down Payment Assistance Program
This program is for Tribal Members who are in Escrow or in the closing phase of purchasing a home. The CIHA will assist with up to $15,000 for the Down Payment and closing costs associated with the closing purchase of a home. The Down Payment Assistance program is reserved for Low Income Tribal Members for up to $15,000. The Match Funds program is for Tribal members who qualify as above Low Income. The CIHA will then “match” funds with the Tribal Member up to $15,000 in order to assist those who do not qualify as Low Income.
If you are considering purchasing a home and can be financed through conventional methods or Section 184, you might be eligible to receive this assistance.
Mutual Help Program
The Mutual Help Program is a home-ownership opportunity program, with a 25-year lease option to buy, developed for low to moderate-income levels for Tribal members.
Also this program is designed to assist Tribal Members in becoming homeowners. A monthly payment and schedule of payments is created and the Tribal Member can own a home in as short a period as 15 years. The payments will not exceed $525 regardless of income. Tribal Members are encouraged to apply and take advantage of this opportunity to become Home Owners.
Home Rehabilitation Program
This program is for Tribal homeowners or Tribal Members on allotment land who have site lease issued by the BIA. This is a once in a lifetime grant of up $30,000 to eligible Tribal Members for the rehabilitation of their home.
Sierra Service Project
Sierra Service Project (SSP) is a Christian non-profit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service repairing home in Native American and urban communities and serving in Central America. They typically will come to assist tribal members that have requested project assistance for a period of up to 6 weeks during the summer months. All material and labor is donated. To find out more about this service call (916) 488-6441 or view their website www.sierraserviceproject.org .
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for any of these programs, you may request an application packet from the Chukchansi Indian Housing Authority, use links below or you can find the application in the Program Policies, Forms and Applications section on the Members page of this website.
Please contact CIHA staff to assist you with questions about our services and programs Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at 559-641-6465