Training & Technical Assistance
The Association offers a comprehensive and innovative training and technical assistance program for Indian Housing Block recipients. The services are delivered in close collaboration with the Alaska HUD Office of Native American Programs (HUD ONAP), Alaska Regional Housing Authorities, and housing experts. AAHA utilizes an efficient and flexible demand-driven model to deliver the services. The Program builds capacity and improves effectiveness of Alaska’s affordable housing programs and has a special emphasis on individualized on-site assistance.
Services are provided free of charge:
- Comprehensive needs assessment,
- Direct on-site and remote technical assistance,
- A wide range of materials, tools and courses relevant to housing and community development with refinements for the Alaska housing context, and
- Group learning opportunities through place-based trainings.
Requests for assistance are accepted directly by HUD ONAP office and then forwarded to the Association. To request assistance or training, contact HUD ONAP at (907) 677-9800 or submit an electronic form.
Since the Program’s inception in 2013, we delivered:
- Over 180 hours of Alaska-based workshops
- Provided training for more than 370 attendees
- Over 1,000 hours of on-site assistance to housing programs in rural areas.
- Topics covered included: developing Indian Housing Plans, completing Annual Performance Reports, essentials of NAHASDA, environmental review and many others.
- In the course of on-site technical assistance, AAHA’s experts helped the tribes with policies development, filing system development, self-monitoring procedures, staffing plans and job descriptions, procurement procedures, Total Development Costs tracking systems, program compliance, and many other issues.
- AAHA has more than 340 hours of workshops planned for 2014.
Why Is This Program Important for Alaskans?
Nearly 40 percent of all tribes live here.
The state is home to a dynamic and diverse mix of tribes and tribal organizations. Approximately 80,000 tribal members make up the 229 tribes in Alaska. Nearly 40 percent of all tribes in the US are in Alaska, with over 200 remote village communities spread across a state.
More Alaskans can get access to technical assistance.
With fewer paved roads than any other state, Alaska’s rural communities lack essential connectivity to training resources. Most Alaska villages are not located on the road system and are only accessible by plane or boat. Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas, and typically, a person cannot drive to the “nearest” town from their village to attend group training. Traveling out of state becomes prohibitively expensive and financially unfeasible.
Alaska-based training promotes community sustainability through sharing of best practices and finding solutions to unique Alaskan challenges.
In July 2010, the Denali Commission released Sustainable Rural Communities, a report offering specific tactics to increase sustainability in Alaska’s rural communities. Following diligent analysis and investigation, two conclusions were the need for regional information forums and a clearinghouse for technical assistance needs. In the 2011 report update, training was a critical need identified through the public comment process. Training and technical assistance provided by AAHA help Alaska communities build capacity and promote long-term sustainability. The development of sustainable rural communities requires local involvement in all phases of planning, design and construction of any infrastructure or program. And AAHA’s regionally based program is providing Alaska communities with the mechanism for critically necessary community involvement, allowing communities and agencies learn together, share best practices, build relationships, and find solutions to unique Alaskan challenges.
Would You Like to Join Our Team of Consultants and Trainers?
AAHA is always looking for qualified individuals and organizations to join our team of technical assistance and training providers.
To be considered, an applicant must pass an interview, reference check, and demonstrate experience in one or more subject areas relevant to housing.
The application process is simple. Please complete the application form linked below and we will get back to you within five business days.
Once you are added to our pool of training and technical assistance providers, we will periodically send you a list of assistance requests. We offer competitive compensation and reimburse for travel and other costs.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (907) 330-8397.