The Nooksack Indian Housing Authority (NIHA) currently serves a significant portion of the Nooksack Tribal community in providing housing services. NIHA provides housing opportunities for 179 Nooksack families to help people overcome different barriers. Of the 179 Nooksack families housed, 59 of such families have conveyed an interest in homeownership; 100 families are active participants of eventual homeownership programs and 22 are participants of the Low Rent Program. NIHA also administers a waiting list of Tribal members in need of affordable housing, and is creating future plans and developments that would keep this list to a minimum.
Here is our NIHA Housing Application Part A & Part B that you can print, complete and return to NIHA. Or mail to Nooksack Indian Housing Authority, PO Box 157, Deming, WA 98244. These forms are also available at our NIHA office. For more information about the NIHA, call (360) 592-5163.
NIHA helps Tribal members connect with other state and federal housing services, including the Section 184 Home Loan Program, Down Payment Assistance, as well as other administrative assistance.
Section 184 Home Loan Program
Section 184 Home Loan Program assists to-be homeowners with partial down payment or closing costs for the purchase of a primary residence. Nooksack Housing Department manages its own 184 Loam Program with federal funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The purpose of the 184 Loan Program is to provide mortgage financing to Native Americans, by increasing Native access to home financing and improving the value of Native investments. Eligibility for the 184 Home Loan Program is based on credit, affordability/sufficient income, reasonable outside financing, and the completion of homeownership classes. Funding allows for up to two residents per year at no more than $5,000 each.
1st Tribal Lending is a tribally owned and operated mortgage provider dedicated to providing section 184 home loans to tribal members with an easy and efficient experience. 1st Tribal Leading has successfully closed thousands of home loans for Native Americans around the nation. Find their online application here, and print copy here.
Home Owners/Renters Insurance
The Nooksack Indian Housing Authority (NIHA) contacted the Amerind Insurance Company to acquire insurance packages for all the Tribal Home Owners / Conveyed Homes. NIHA is addressing an insurance concern in our community by connecting the families with a tribally owned insurance company. The Nooksack Tribal members will have to reach out to Amerind Insurance to acquire their own insurance plans. If there are any concerns or questions, please reach out and contact a NIHA representative. See below in the quick links for more information.
Housing Authority Staff
NIHA Executive Director
Phone: 360-592-5163 ext. 3312
Housing Administrative Manager – Interim Director
NIHA Building & Housing Inspector
Housing Case Manager
Office Coordinator / Assistant Case Manager
Jules Ethan Leyva
Assistant Housing Maintenance Tech/Custodian
Housing Maintenance Specialist
Housing Maintenance Specialist
Housing Maintenance Worker