Northwest Indian Housing Association

The Mission of the Northwest Indian Housing Association is to promote safe, sanitary, decent and affordable housing for Tribal members in the Pacific Northwest. We accomplish this by providing training and education opportunities; providing a forum for the discussion and resolution of issues; advocating for the collective benefit of all members; effectively linking members to information and financial resources; and working collaboratively with our industry partners.

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NWIHA Recognizes Housing Employees, Commissioner, and Volunteer

At the NWIHA Banquet held on Tuesday evening, September 11th, several individuals were honored for their efforts in support of affordable housing:

Tom Childs, Utilities and Building Manager for Cowlitz Indian Tribal Housing, received an award for Employee of the Year.  According to Cowlitz Housing Director Sheryl Bertucci, "Our Organization, Cowlitz Indian Tribal Housing, would truly be lost without Tom Childs. He wears many hats here at CITH. Tom is the operator of our municipal water system, which requires reporting to the state and county ecology and health departments which have strict requirements for both water quality and water usage." 

Willie Hatch, Sr., Maintenance Supervisor for the Quileute Housing Authority, also received an award for Employee of the Year.  Housing Director Kylie Kimble said: "Willie has an outstanding relationship with all who he comes across and is on a first name basis with all of our tenants who live in our Quileute housing. As Willie's supervisor, I often catch myself saying, 'we need more Willies on our team'. He leads a great team with a consistent positive attitude and is a great candidate for the annual award." 

Richard J. Arthur, Board Chairman for the Nez Perce Tribal Housing Authority, received the award for Commissioner of the Year.  Now in his fourth term on the Nez Perce Board, "Richard has always demonstrated a commitment to his Board obligations and a passion to improve housing services for our families," said Director Laurie Ann Cloud.  "He consistently balances regulations and policy with opportunities and compassion for our people."

Nancy Cleaver received an award for Volunteer of the Year for her work with the Cowlitz Tribe.  "Nancy is the 'housemother' for the Cowlitz Elder Housing Complex," said Housing Director Sheryl Bertucci.  "Eight hours a day she works in the Senior Nutrition Program, however she puts in at least a 12 hour day every day with her volunteer activities, and weekends too. Nancy is most deserving of an award for outstanding volunteer because she is such a giving person -generous with the most important thing of all: herself & her time."