March 6, 2020



WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – On Feb. 27, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development granted the Navajo Housing Authority with a maximum award of $717,775, through HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency-Service Coordinators program (ROSS-SC). The grant was prepared by NHA’s internal grants writer Calandra Etcitty in 2019.


“NHA is pleased to be a recipient of this grant and we extend our appreciation to HUD in awarding the NHA this grant.  The grant will be utilized to develop self-sufficiency programs for the benefit of individual NHA public rental residences in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah,” said NHA CEO Frank Dayish. “NHA believes in providing services that help our people create a pathway to self-sufficiency, and NHA appreciates HUD’s investment and assistance that supports NHA’s goal and mission for our Navajo communities.”


The award is part of a $36 million grant to public housing agencies, nonprofit organizations, residential associations, and tribal grantees across the United States to allow them to hire or retain service coordinators to help connect all public housing residence with employment training, financial literacy service, educational opportunities, and health wellness programs.


With the grant award, NHA plans to retain service coordinators, for the three year duration of the grant, to establish partnerships with local and national resources, provide an available in-person resource to NHA residential tenants and to develop training curriculums and materials.


The training curriculum and materials developed will benefit NHA tenants to help them obtain meaningful employment opportunities, to learn to understand and plan household finances through financial literacy courses, and to improve understanding on how to confront substance abuse in their household.


In Sept. of 2019, the NHA conducted an extensive Community Needs Assessment Survey of its tenants as part of the grant submission requirements,  the Survey identified that tenants wanted greater access to employment resources, to become more familiar in managing their financial affairs, and to learn how to counter substance abuse in their household and communities.