Occupancy: Responsible for the overall management of the ZHA Homeownership and Rental Programs including determining eligibility for participation in ZHA programs, conducting recertification’s, monitoring housing accounts, maintaining waiting lists for housing applicants, and enforcement of lease agreements and policies.
Resident Services: Provides counseling services to rental tenants, homebuyers and homeowners. Counseling services include but are not limited to basic budgeting, home & yard upkeep, home insurance, mortgage finance counseling, and home inspections. Counseling is conducted individually or in group sessions. The Housing Services Department serves as a link between the community and ZHA.
Title Conveyances: Works with homebuyers that reside in paid off Mutual Help Housing Units and maintains all related homeownership lease documents. This includes processing required documents when there is a change in the homeownership status. When a home is paid off and all other obligations satisfied, the title conveyance review process is initiated and processed through Zuni Real Estate Services and Zuni Agency BIA for review and approval. Final steps include a Board approved Resolution and Closing and Signing Ceremony of the Quitclaim Deed with the homebuyers, Tribal Council and BIA. This office also maintains updated inventory of all ZHA housing stock and insurance coverage.
Mortgage Lending: Responsible for promoting home ownership opportunities. ZHA Lease to Purchase Program and USDA Self-help are available for families with low income. Alternative home construction and financing through approved banks with Section 184 approved lenders available for those exceeding income guidelines. This program provides financial education (individual or classroom) and also offers Individual Development Account (IDA) savings program to assist with the purchase and other mortgage costs for a new home. Walk-ins or appointments welcome, stop by to learn about available options and resources.
In March of 2016, the Zuni Housing Authority was awarded a 3 year Resident Opportunity & Self Sufficiency (ROSS) grant. The purpose of the ROSS grant is to assist residents of ZHA in making progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency. A ROSS Service Coordinator is available to assess the needs of residents, including identification of any barriers to higher education, job search, etc., that may be hindering residents from achieving their goals. Residents will also be provided access to other available resources, including health and wellness information, which may assist them in achieving their goals of economic independence and overall self-sufficiency. The ROSS grant also allows for the provision of services to elderly or disabled residents to assist them in maintaining an independent lifestyle.
Questions regarding the ROSS Program may be directed to Ms. Heather Cheama, Ross Service Coordinator.