By Riamy Beuscher, communications intern

New Mexico Rail Runner train
Photo courtesy of Jerry Huddlestor, creative commons

Tribal members who live on the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico, will have better access to public transit.

A new affordable housing development is currently being built within walking distance of New Mexico Rail Runner train station which will allow community members to easily travel to work and school on and off of the Pueblo. The housing project is one of several developed by Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority, a graduate of Rural Community Assistance Corporation and Native Capital Access’ Tribal Housing Excellence Academy (THE Academy), which coaches Native American communities in developing sustainable and affordable housing.

Low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) have mostly funded the Domingo Housing Project. Developer Greta Armijo, executive director of the Santo Domingo Tribal Housing Authority, and her team developed this project during their participation in THE Academy, which included training on LIHTCs and other financing options and how Tribes can access them to build housing on Tribal lands.

The new 41 unit housing development is scheduled to be completed this spring and will help to meet housing needs for Tribal members. Developers anticipate that The Domingo Housing Project will set the standard for future projects.

To read more, go here: http://www.housingfinance.com/developments/native-american-communities-explore-new-territory_o