The Westmark Fairbanks

NAHASDA Essentials- Fairbanks, AK

GOVERNMENT RATES available for attendees of Association of Alaska Housing Authorities training. For discount reservations use Group Code – AAHA1020

Time & Location

The Westmark Fairbanks

813 Noble St, Fairbanks, AK 99701, USA

About the Event


AAHA is hosting an exciting and interactive three and a half (3.5) day training with the final half day (10/09/2020) being optional and available for participants to schedule a one-on-one session with the trainer. The training will provide attendees with a comprehensive introduction to the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA). Participants will become familiar with latest regulations, program guidance, and PIH Notices. A thorough review of eligible families and eligible activities including rental housing, homebuyer programs, rehabilitation and housing and crime prevention services will be provided. Major topics to be addressed include the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) formula, calculating income eligibility and adjusted gross income, moderate-income family assistances, and income verification. Other topics will include: Federal requirements impacting IHBG activities, such as useful life and binding commitments, environmental review requirements, total development costs, financial management and program administration, and the latest OMB regulations. Case studies, group discussions, team games, and hands-on exercises will be applied to reinforce NAHASDA concepts.



Cielo Gibson has extensive experience with Indian Housing throughout the United States and Alaska as a professional trainer and administrator and developer. Ms. Gibson has worked as an executive director for high-risk Indian housing authorities for over 20 years and has implemented numerous programs using low-income housing tax credits, Section 184, and ICDBG funds. Maria Tagliavento began in accounting and auditing more than 31 years ago. She has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and management of a wide variety of businesses, including Controller/Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer for two Indian Housing Authorities in Alaska.


Who should attend? 

Employees of Regional Housing Authorities (RHA)/Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE); Board of Directors, Procurement Staff, Housing Staff, Contract Administrators, Finance Staff, Project Managers, Inspectors, and Maintenance Directors.


Questions or to Register by phone, please call Cynthia Gurisko at (907)330-8397 or email at