The Native Village of Unalakleet Housing Department is funded by grants authorized under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA). Under NAHASDA, NVU is eligible for the annual Indian Housing Block Grant, as well as numerous other competitive grants. Activities that are eligible for funding under NAHASDA include services such as housing development, rental and housing assistance, home repair programs, crime prevention and safety, and “model activities” that demonstrate creative solutions to housing problems. NAHASDA funding is intended to assist primarily low-income American Indian/Alaska Native individuals and families.

We can assist families within the following NAHASDA income limits:


Number in Household         1              2                3                4               5               6               7               8

Maximum Income Limit    $55,000   $62,850    $70,700    $78,550    $84,850    $91,150    $97,450    $103,700




Healthy Homes Home Repair Program

Provides up to $50,000 in Healthy and Safety repairs to eligible homes. Taking applications for the next phase of work from June 1-September 30, 2022. Use NVU Application for Housing Assistance; only complete applications will be considered.

Eligible repairs can include: sanitation upgrades including improvements to plumbing and hot water; heating system repair and replacement; identification and remediation of lead, mold, asbestos; indoor air quality improvements; structural repairs.

Container House: Prototype Studio Rental

This experimental prototype is being designed and built in partnership with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. NVU will be renting the one-bedroom studio to a single, couple or single parent with one child. Rent will be on a sliding scale based on income, and tenant will have to undergo annual income verification. The ideal tenant will be interested in the project and willing to participate in a series of interviews about the experience of living in the home. There is an opportunity to participate in the building of the home, as a paid worker and/or for discount on future rent payments.

Taking applications April 1-June 30, 2022. Use NVU Application for Housing Assistance; only complete applications will be considered.


Elders Emergency Repair

Emergency Only repairs for Elders over 65. First come, first serve basis as funding and staff allows. Emergencies to be considered include: no heat, no hot water, broken or leaking toilet or sink, no refrigerator, fall hazards, broken or missing exterior door or window. Please use specific Elders Emergency Repair application only.

The NVU Housing Department is committed to providing opportunities for safe, decent, and affordable housing for tribal members; and to do so in a way that is consistent with the Tribe’s social, cultural and economic values. If you need housing assistance, contact Kari Duame, NVU Housing Director at (970) 729-2676. 


For general housing assistance inquiries, contact Kari Duame, Housing Director, at kari.duame@unkira.org


For COVID-assistance programs, the Emergency Rental Assistance and Homeowner Assistance Fund, please email covid.assistance@unkira.org

NVU Housing Emergency Rental Assistance FLYER

NVU Housing Emergency Rental Assistance APPLICATION

Elders' Emergency Repair Packet

Prototype Studio Rental Schematic Design

Application for Housing Assistance

BIA-ARP Emergency Utility Assistance Application