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Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs

Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs


HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research managed a congressionally mandated study of the housing needs of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. The study used several sources of information, including collecting new data from households and stakeholders. For copies of the survey instruments, please see the list of documents under “data collection tools.” In addition to the primary data collection, the study also includes an in-depth analysis of Census data and administrative data from HUD and other federal agencies.

The goal of the study is to provide clear, credible, and consistent information to assess the housing conditions in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. The study is intended to inform policy and allow HUD to serve tribes more effectively.

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A briefing on the findings of the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs is available here.

Current Status

The study is completed. Published reports include:

In July 2016, the draft of the report Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal areas was provided to tribes for comment. A document containing a summary of the comments and HUD’s responses is available here.

Hawaii Study Update

A comprehensive report on Native Hawaiian housing needs (released in June 2017) is available here.

Tribal/TDHE Web Survey

Invitations to respond to the web version of the tribal/TDHE survey were sent on May 3, 2013. We are still gathering email addresses for some tribes and TDHEs so if you haven't received an invitation yet and are on one of the lists referenced below, please get in touch and provide a current email address. If you have received an invitation, we hope that you will participate.

If you are located in the lower-48 states, please check this list for your tribe/TDHE.

If you are in Alaska, please check this list.

Tribal Leader Consultations

Please visit our consultation page for the full minutes and summary report on the tribal leader consultations.



If you have further questions about the study or any of the content described on this page, please contact Elizabeth Rudd in HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research.
Phone: 202-402-7607

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