ABOUT US

WHAT WE DO

Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority (NCIHA) is a Tribal Governmental Agency. It was established in 1979 to access, construct and manage housing for member tribes. The tribal governments that have appointed Northern Circle as their Tribally Designated Housing Entity participate in organizational decisions on the Board of Commissioners. Each member tribe appoints two commissioners to the Board. Currently, the Board consists of 12 members, with open vacanies from Guidiville and Manchester.

NCIHA manages two on-reservation programs. These are the Rental and Mutual Help (homeownership) programs. In recognition of diverse tribal housing needs, NCIHA and its member tribes have developed other housing programs and services. These include off-reservation tenant based rental and down payment assistance programs and rehabilitation or replacement of homes both on and off reservation. NCIHA is a HUD approved housing counseling agency providing financial literacy and first time homebuyers education.

NCIHA assists participants in understanding the requirements of the housing programs that are guided by federal regulations. NCIHA continues to identify funding sources and financing opportunities to provide housing assistance for Native families. The Northern Circle Board and staff work jointly with tribal leaders to address community issues. The development of housing provides support for cultural and social revitalization of tribal communities. It is our common goal to create safe and healthy communities in which families live and raise their children.

Meet NCIHA 2020-2021 Board Members

Brian Yepez, Chairperson

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

Melanie Rafanan, Vice-Chairperson

Sherwood Valley Rancheria

Janice Nevarez, Treasurer

Redwood Valley Rancheria

Delores Pady, Secretary

Redwood Valley Rancheria

Elosia Oropeza

Manchester Band of Pomo Indians

Francis Steele III

Tyme Maidu Tribe of Berry Creek Rancheria

Kenneth Clark

Concow Maidu Mooretown Rancheria

Ruben Artista

Concow Maidu Mooretown Rancheria

Richard Martin

Tyme Maidu Tribe of Berry Creek Rancheria

Merlene Sanchez

Guidiville Rancheria

Magdalene Warden

Sonny Elliot Sr.

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians

Karen Shepard

Sherwood Valley Rancheria