learn about NCIHA’s history and our future together

About Us

More than just housing

we work hard
in all fields

NCIHA provides more than just housing assistance and has several other programs available not just to tenants but to consortium members. 

Maintenance

Performs preventative maintenance, conducts necessary repairs and maintains the current housing stock under NCIHA's management and oversight

HDAP

Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP) aids individuals that are homeless and disabled, but not already receiving SSA, to obtain permanent housing and disability benefits

Resident Services

Manages NCIHA's properties and residences, intakes payments, issues tenant related letters/ notice, carries out annual inspections and implements lease compliance

ROSS Grant

Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) works with Residents to offer career development, financial literacy and drug and alcohol abuse prevention - ROSS currently assists renters in credit building thru Rent Plus

Educations and Supportive Services

Assists Tribal members to improve their financial/ credit situations and empowers individuals with their goals towards Homeownership.

Construction and Rehab

Assists homeowners with housing rehabilitation/ construction, and works with Tribal Leadership to plan for and develop communities and affordable housing
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NCIHA is a Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE), established in 1979, that works on behalf of 7 Federally recognized Tribes in Northern California to carry out housing related programs. ________________________________
Our Mission
"To help Tribal Government with the development of their communities. To do so in a way that is consistent with the Tribe's social, cultural and economic values. To alleviate some of the effects of poverty by providing quality housing to Native Americans in Northern California."
NCIHA 2021

Reaching our Communities today

What is NCIHA doing in 2021

The impact of COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been exceptionally hard for local tribes. Not only has the pandemic affected tribal members unequally in health outcomes, it also affected income with closure of tribal member owned businesses and socially with the inability to gather safely for spiritual and family gatherings. 

We at Northern Circle have tried to do our part in alleviating some of the financial burdens by supporting tribal members with federally funded COVID relief programs that assist in rental and utility relief, food assistance and safe quarantine. We will continue to stand by the members in our consortium by utilizing all programs that are available through the Department of Treasury and other sources of funding. 

One-time Emergency Assistance

In the early months of COVID-19, NCIHA received funding from HUD under the president Cares Act. With this NCIHA was able to issue one time payments to those most affected financially by the pandemic.

Emergency Rental Assistance

In early 2021, NCIHA was granted funds through ERAP (Emergency Rental Assistance Program) that provided rents affected financially by COVID-19 up to 12 months of rental payments, late or future, and/ or utility assistance for past due balances. We are continuing to work to secure more rental assistance funding to continue to help tribal members.

Most commonly asked questions about NCIHA

Questions And Answers

NCIHA is a tribal housing authority that provides rental assistance, emergency assistance and COVID-19 assistance. More information on our programs available can be found on our application page.

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All available programs can be found on our applications page and facebook page!

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Where it all Started

Darlene Tooley,
Founder of
NCIHA

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Awards and Acknowledgements from the 1980's

September 15, 1981

The Community Services Administration

For Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the Poor of America

 

1983 to 1985

Robinson Rancheria

In appreciation for Assisting Us in Developing 

The New Robinson Rancheria

 

April 12, 1986

Institute of Real Estate Management of 

the National Association of Realtors 

Completion of the Requirements for the HUD Public

Housing Manager Certification Program

 

May 23, 1988

Darlene Tooley – Certificate Occupancy 

Specialist Public Housing

 

November 18, 1988

US Department of HUD

Recognition of Sustained Excellence in Operations

 

Awards and Acknowledgements from the 1990's

1990

Redwood Valley Reservation

In Appreciation for Assisting Us in Developing Our Community

 

Southwest Indian Housing Authorities Association

Recognition of 10 years of service to housing in Indian Country

 

1992

Oak Leaf Award

Acknowledgement of dedication to prevention of 

drug and alcohol abuse

 

February 8, 1992

NCIHA Board of Commissioners

Darlene Tooley – 10 years of Service

 

1993

EPA

Certificate of Appreciation for supporting the 

American Indian Drinking Water Technician Program

 

April 1993

Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Darlene Tooley – Appreciation for Support and 

Continued Interest in providing Affordable Housing

 

December 9, 1994

US Department of HUD

Recognition of excellence in overall management performance 

in the Indian Housing Program for fiscal years 1992 – 1993 

 

January 9, 1996

Southwest Indian Housing Authorities Association

Recognition of 15 years of service to housing in Indian Country

 

February 27, 1997 to March 12, 1998

Recognition of outstanding contribution and 

dedication as a member of NAHASDA

 

January 1998

US Department of HUD

Certificate of Excellence

 

October 8, 1998

Ukiah Business & Professional Women Award

Golden Nike Award 

 

January 1999

US Department of HUD

Certificate of Excellence

 

Awards and Acknowledgements from the 2000's

January 2000

US Department of HUD
Southwest Office of Native American Projects

Certificate of Excellence

 

February 12, 2000

Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority

Darlene Tooley – Certificate of Appreciation

 

March 31, 2000

Mendocino College & NCIHA

Alliance for Adults and Youth

For support in development and implementation 

of the “Native Wellness Leadership Institute”

 

June 7, 2000

Darlene Tooley – Certificate Occupancy 

Specialist Public Housing

 

2001

Amerind Risk Management Corporation

NCIHA Outstanding Membership Award

 

2004

NCIHA Board of Commissioners

Darlene Tooley – Recognition of 25 years of service

 

February 4, 2004

House of Representatives

Remarks of Rep. Mike Thompson

Honoring NCIHA

 

February 14, 2004

US Department of HUD

Southwest Office of Native American Programs

25 Year Recognition

 

2005

Southwest Indian Housing Association

25 years of service in Housing in Indian Country

 

January 11, 2005

Southwest Indian Housing Association

For dedication and efforts to improve 

housing conditions for Native Americans

 

March 6, 2005

Women Change America

22nd Annual Women’s History of Celebration

Darlene Tooley – For Community Contributions

 

April 26, 2005

Community Spirit Award

Recognition of Contribution to a 

Drug and Alcohol-free event

 

June 16, 2005

US Department of HUD

Southwest Office of Native American Programs

Certificate of Achievement

 

May 4, 2006

First Nations Oweesta Corporation

Darlene Tooley – Recognition of “Building Native 

Communities” and Financial Wellness for Families

 

February 14, 2019

Southwest Indian Housing Authorities Association

Recognition of 15 years of service to housing in Indian Country

 

Awards and Acknowledgements from 2010 and forward

2010

California Indian Manpower Consortium

30 year Membership Recognition

 

April 29, 2010

Screaming Eagle Award

Recognition of dedication and commitment to 

provide foreclosure counseling for all borrowers

 

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition

Outstanding and invaluable service to the community

 

City and County of San Francisco

Office of the Assessor-Recorder

Certificate of Honor

Honor to NCIHA for commitment to aid all residents in

obtaining access to foreclosure 

 

February 8, 2014

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition

Outstanding and invaluable service to the community

 

2014, 2015, 2016

Southwest Indian Housing Authorities Association

Recognition of outstanding participation, dedication 

and support during program years

 

Energy Conservation Award

Darlene Tooley – Recognition of contribution

 to the National Energy Conservation Effort

 

SWIHAA

Recognition of award received by your housing authority 

from the Department of HUD for Sustained 

Excellence under the ACA.

 

Berry Creek Rancheria

Darlene Tooley – Recognition of 35 years of Service

 

Proclamation of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors

Darlene Tooley – Recognition of 35 years of Service

 

“The only way you can predict the future is to build it. So please join me this year in building the future of NCIHA.” – Alan Kay