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1 Partnering with Indian Communities to make homes healthier, safer and warmer Yianice Hernandez Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

2 Enterprise Green Communities Launched in 2004, Enterprise Green Communities is an effort to transform the way we locate, design and build affordable homes and to forge a powerful coalition of housing, health and environmental stakeholders to advance this shared vision.

3 Resident Engagement Resources

4 Eden has set a company wide goal of reducing energy, and waste usage by 30% over 3 years. Resident engagement plays a large part and as a result, Eden has added green education into after-school programs at their properties. Over 400 youth participate in this program annually, and created a PSA on Water Conservation. To view video: Resident Engagement in Action San Francisco, CA

5 Self-help recruited four (4) Green Resident Leaders for the property. Green Leaders helped to develop the training programs, communications and outreach methods with the Self-help staff and they provided translation of the pertinent information into multiple languages (Russian, Chinese and Korean) to address the cultural make up of the building’s residents. Resident Engagement in Action New York, NY

6 Resident Engagement in Action

7 Austin, TX

8 1.Empower staff to serve as green champions onsite 2.Set measureable goals to track and communicate progress 3.Survey residents to structure engagement program based on their interests 4.Be flexible: adapt and re-plan to ensure an effective, successful program Children from Abode Communities’ Ivy Terrace clean up a local watershed. Resident Engagement Best Practices

9 1.Motivate residents with positive feedback 2.Encourage interactivity to allow residents to share their own experiences and tips 3.Use visuals such as videos as a tool to promote learning 4.Make it FUN – serve refreshments and award prizes to encourage participation Farmworker Housing Development Corporation taught residents to make and use their own green cleaners. Resident Engagement Things to Consider

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11 Red Feather: Charting our Path Forward Molly Jones-McCabe Red Feather Development Group

12 V ISION Red Feather envisions a world where safe housing is available to all and people are inspired to work collectively to create self- sustaining communities. M ission Red Feather partners with American Indian nations to develop and implement sustainable solutions to the housing needs within their communities.

13 Evaluating our Impact Rethinking the “One House at a Time” model Assessing the Needs of Our Target Audience Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Each Program

14 IMPACT of the “Economic Downturn” Trend Analysis: Individual Donations

15 IMPACT of the “Economic Downturn” Trend Analysis: Corporate & Private Foundations

16 Defining How We “Do Business” Our Work is about Sustainability Environmental Sustainability Social/Cultural Sustainability Economic Sustainability

17 What This Means: Projects initiated by tribal members – guidance vs. feedback Affordable, healthy housing Culturally-orientated designs Vocational Education opportunities (each with a hands-on home improvement component) Employment opportunities for tribal members

18 The “Red Feather Way” Each project is a partnership of many Success is dependent upon relationships and trust.

19 Community Partnerships Include: Homeowners (financial, sweat equity) Volunteers (financial, labor) Community Partners (land process, loan process, labor, cultural presentations, food) Red Feather Members/Donors/Sponsors (financial, materials, labor) Red Feather Staff (fundraising, project supervision)

20 Learning is Ceremony…and so is Teaching 1 John B. Marian Red Feather Development Group

21 Circular Logic Relationships form our reality We are accountable to respect & honor those relationships Workshops are a ceremony. Not a sacred ceremony, but a process whereby students become closer and more knowledgeable about a subject, topic or context. Through ceremony, students respectfully seek knowledge from the Cosmos

22 Community Relationships Drive the Content RF Delivers What and how does the community want to learn? Workshops are "space" for students to become closer to knowledge When students share stories & knowledge, they help demonstrate their personal connection to information

23 Homeowner Education What did we do? Created a Homeowner Reference Manual and Do-It-Yourself Workshop Curriculum What did we accomplish? Developed proprietary resources to better prepare tribal homeowners for homeownership and enable them to create healthier living environments

24 Homeowner Education (cont.) What did we do? Sponsored 5 Healthy Homes workshops, which we taught in partnership with staff of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Housing Authority What did we accomplish? Over the course of 5 weeks we taught a total of 35 tribal “rent-to- own” residents our new Healthy Homes curriculum.

25 Homeowner Education (cont.) What did we do? Collaborated with the Hopi Tribal Housing Authority to offer two do-it-yourself weatherization (Wx) workshops. What did we accomplish? Taught over thirty community members how to install Wx measures on their home, provided them with a DIY starter kit ($240 value), and installed basic weatherization measures two Hopi homes.

26 Learning to Teach (to Learn) Teamwork and hands-on learning activities establish that students understand info, can perform tasks, and apply it to a problem Personal accountability to evolve content and pedagogy to improve the ceremony Every class is unique because of the relationships

27 Discussion and Questions Yianice Hernandez Enterprise Community Partners, Inc Molly Jones-McCabe Red Feather Development Group John Marian Red Feather Development Group


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