The CocopahIndian Tribe’s ultimate goal is to establish a strong, cohesive and financially stable community on its Reservation. To encourage those members already living on the Reservation to remain and to encourage members now living off-reservation to return, the Tribe deemed it essential to provide safe, decent and sanitary housing for every tribal member. Additionally, to build up financial stability and to help strengthen pride in the Cocopah culture, it was also deemed important to transition tribal members from renting homes to owning homes.
To meet these challenges, the Tribe created an independent organization Cocopah Indian Housing and Development (CIHAD). The company is managed by a policy Board of Commissioners.
The Cocopah Reservation consists of 6,565 acres in southern Yuma County, Arizona. There are three sections to the Reservation: North, West and East. CIHAD operates and maintains rental homes on all three sections of the Reservation. We receive grants from various federal and state government agencies to assist in the maintenance and rehabilitation of these rental homes, as well as to assist in the provision of crime prevention activities, homeownership counseling, animal control services and utility assistance for low-income tribal members.
CIHAD also provides housing development services (e.g., infrastructure and the construction of affordable housing units for sale or lease to tribal members). Using USDA, HUD, Bank loans, and other funding sources, CIHAD has made significant progress in expanding our stock of new homes in all three sections. Funded by USDA, CIHAD recently completed a 24-unit multi-family low-income apartment complex and is developing more than 40 new units using HUD’s Section 184 Mortgage Guarantee Program.
With respect to the Cocopah Culture, Cocopah Indian Housing and Development shall seek to provide through funding a housing program that ensures a higher standard of living and allows for unique tribal family lifestyle. Lifestyle living includes housing for elders, homeowners, renters, single-member families and multi-family living, emphasizing education, tenant counseling and community involvement.
In an effort to assist tribal members, CIHAD will assist families in obtaining educational seminars in budgeting, borrowing, homeownership and homemaking.
In addition, CIHAD will provide affordable housing at a cost that includes continuing maintenance and renovation services.
In an effort to maximize community services, CIHAD will assist tribal departments in the coordination of activities and events within the community.
In conjunction with Tribal departments, CIHAD will contribute to the formation of an emergency management system for the protection of individuals within the community, and to support the preservation of traditional, cultural, and natural resources.