Sitting Bull Recognized For Housing Management

Feb 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Tribal College News

During last fall’s Annual Travois Indian Country Tax Credit Conference in Seattle, WA, Sitting Bull College (SBC) was recognized for its best practices in managing its tax-credit, student-family housing project. The SBC housing project began in November 2002 and was completed in June 2004. It includes 18 housing units located on the new college campus in Fort Yates, ND.

Candace Eagle, manager for the housing project, participated in the annual Travois conference, where she shared information about how to run a successful tax credit program.

“We have great tenants and a great management team,” Eagle says. “Besides our onsite resident manager and housing office staff, SBC has a housing committee made up of a variety of staff and administrators who help guide the program.” The college re-certifies residents annually, with dwellings leased for no longer than 6-month terms, with the option to renew every six months.

Eagle also participated in the production of a promotional video that will tell the story of the Sitting Bull College-Travois partnership. “Our college is completely satisfied with the services that Travois has offered and provided, starting from the initial and re-certification process for obtaining a family unit to the consultation on compliance procedures for both investors and the state,” Eagle says.

Besides the success in managing the project, the SBC tax credit housing project also plays a vital role in student life on the new campus, especially since the lack of housing is a major issue on the reservation.

Men’s and women’s dormitories are not scheduled for construction until after 2008, making it difficult for some students to attend classes at SBC due to the housing shortage.

“The housing project is extremely important in the recruitment and retention of students at the college, especially in completing their academic goals,” Eagle says. “We serve the families of the students at the housing project so they can be successful in their educational, professional, and personal lives while living on campus.”

According to its website, Travois, Inc., is an Indian housing consulting company based in Red Lodge, MT, that has adapted the federal low income housing tax credit program for use by tribal colleges to house non-traditional students.

For questions about the Sitting Bull College tax credit housing program, contact Candace Eagle at (701) 854-8000 or email to info@sbci.edu. For information about Travois, see www.travois.com.

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