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


HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research is managing a Congressionally mandated study of the housing needs of Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. The study is underway and the final report is expected in December 2014. The study will use several sources of information, including both primary and secondary data collection. For draft copies of the survey instruments, please see the list of documents under “data collection tools.” In addition to the primary data collection, the study will also include 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 Native American, 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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Tribal/TDHE Web Survey

Invitations to respond to 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 the list 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 recently concluded tribal leader consultations.

Current Status

We are well on our way to producing the most complete national housing survey of Native Americans and Alaska Natives on tribal lands:

  • 37 of 40 tribes have approved participation in the Household Survey.
  • The Household Survey has been completed in 18 tribal areas and we have a response rate of 76 percent for those tribes.
  • The survey is under way with 18 additional tribes.
  • 903 surveys have been completed, which is 70.5 percent of our goal of 1,280 completed surveys.
  • We have completed 107 TDHE telephone surveys.
  • 24 of the 40 Household Survey sites have been selected for program site visits and 17 of these site visits have been completed.
  • Data collection is completed for the Urban component of the study.
  • The survey of lenders is completed.

Hawaii study update

  • A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by HUD and DHHL to conduct a Household Survey of Native Hawaiians on the waiting list for housing on the Hawaiian Home Lands.
  • The survey instrument has been approved by OMB.
  • Survey outreach activities are underway, including initial letters to households selected for the sample.

Interim Report



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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