- NPHA is conducting a home survey to determine how many houses require construction work, and to ask all owners census-related questions, per Governor Mountain. We sent out notices a few weeks ago.
The survey is not related to qualifying for a home rehab. Rather, its purpose is to obtain information on the status of the census count, vacant homes, overcrowding, the needs of each household, etc, and to help the pueblo and NPHA request funds to help veterans, the disabled, the elderly and other tribal members. The survey must be completed for the entire community — this is a directive from Governor Mountain.
NPHA started the survey/inspection process at the Black Mesa area and is making its way toward the pueblo. We ask for your full cooperation — surveys only take about 5-10 minutes to complete.
- The solar panel contractor Grid Alternatives will be installing a photovoltaic solar panel array on one home in the pueblo. The winning home was chosen out of four applicants. Installation will begin in July 2016.
- NPHA begins MFA rehabs for two homeowners in July 2016.
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- NPHA will soon be starting one MFA rehab and plans to start two more in November 2016.
- We are making steady progress on the Picuris Solar Array. The 1-MW array will subsidize all of the power for the pueblo’s administration and residents as well as provide a cash stream to the tribe for a period of over 25 years. Our original tax equity investors pulled out because of passive tax regulations that did not allow them to use the tax incentives attached to the project. We since have secured new investors based in Michigan and California that are committed to this project. The Department of Energy, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Enterprise Foundation are also providing project support. Though there is a lot to take care of, plan and permit, we still hope to start construction by August.
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- Infrastructure started on the proposed 23 new homes. Century Club Construction is the builder chosen for the project. The company is also on the last stages of finishing the Tesuque wastewater. Home construction should begin in October of 2016.
- NPHA will be starting MFA rehabs for two homeowners in July 2016.