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"Culturally appropriate, healthy and affordable housing" for Native American communities

Kaid Benfield

Posted April 6, 2012

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  Pueblo Nation housing, El Paso, TX (US government, via

This looks like a great project from Enterprise Community Partners:

"The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners, supports culturally and environmentally sustainable affordable housing appropriate to American Indian communities nationwide. We help to build capacity through building relationships, focusing on core values specific to each place and rooted in the spirit, the community and the land. Through technical assistance and research of best practices, we can help a community to reduce their impact on the natural world, gain self-sufficiency and provide solutions for culturally appropriate, healthy and affordable housing":


  Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative from Adventure Pictures on Vimeo.

The collaborative is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information on its activities, start here.

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Kaid Benfield writes (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment.  For more posts, see his blog's home page. 

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Brett Van AkkerenApr 6 2012 04:12 PM

I saw that Enterprise was part of this initiative. Do they use their sustainability standards for this housing? Did they modify any location requirements?
We get a lot of push back on green building location requirements from tribal advocates who claim that our suggested density, connectivity, and accessiblity standards are inappropriate for tribal areas and would limit their ability to qualify for some federal housing dollars that require green certification.

Kaid @ NRDCApr 9 2012 11:40 AM

Brett, Enterprise's website states that they have created a special pathway to their Green Communities program for tribal and rural communities. When I was more closely familiar with those standards, I always thought that appropriate, in part because it would allow the metropolitan-area standards to be tightened and more responsive to smart growth concerns.

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