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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Shaun Donovan
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.

If you’d like to receive updates about the study or participate with HUD and other interested parties in discussions on related issues, please sign up for our eList.

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

Data collection for the household survey has started:

  • 31 of 40 tribes have approved participation in the Household Survey
  • The Household Survey is currently under way in 7 tribal areas
  • Materials are being finalized for the TDHE Telephone Survey and data collection is expected to begin in early August
  • 24 of the 40 Household Survey sites have been selected for program site visits and outreach activities are beginning with those sites.
  • Thirty metropolitan areas have been selected for the Urban component of the study. 25 will involve telephone interviews and 5 will be on-site case studies. Outreach to Indian Community Centers and other key organizations is under way. Site visits are planned for August and September.
  • Survey of lenders to begin in late July

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 pretested and the study team is currently preparing the OMB Clearance Request

Interim Report

  • A draft has been reviewed by HUD and the final version will soon be available.

If you have further questions about the study or any of the content described on this page, please contact Paul A. Joice in HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research.
Phone: 202.402.4608

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