Self-Help New Construction Program

PLEASE NOTE: As of March 10, 2021 this program is on hold – IRHA will not be accepting applications for this program.

The Self-Help New Construction Program was created to assist eligible applicants who have the talent and ability to provide the labor to build their own homes, with IRHA providing the building materials. Participants in this program are required to build their new home in compliance with IRHA’s policy and NAHASDA.

The applicant will provide the labor needed to construct their new home. IRHA will be responsible for installing any mechanical and electrical materials. IRHA will inspect the construction of the new home while the work is being performed and upon completion to verify that the materials provided by IRHA were installed in the manner in which they were intended.

This program is a forgivable grant program, meaning the funds do not have to be paid back to IRHA as long as the homeowner occupies the home in compliance with the binding commitment.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicant must have clear title to the land.
  • Once the home is complete it must be the primary residence of the applicant.
  • Once approved, participant has two years to construct the home.
  • The property must be a single-family residence.
  • An environmental review must be conducted on the property by IRHA in accordance with NAHASDA.
  • Applicant must submit a material list of items requested within 30 days for approval once determined eligible.   Freight must be included in material request.  The purchase of tools and rental of tools is not an eligible material list item.  
  • Once the material list is submitted there will be no changes to the change request unless the project cannot move forward without a change.  The request must be submitted in writing and include what and why the project cannot move forward.  The requests will be approved by the Construction Manager.  
  • Applicant must submit a written plan to IRHA stating how they will complete the project, which will include a projected timeline.  
  • Applicant will give IRHA, at a minimum, a 30 day request for Electrical and Mechanical trades.  
  • In the event of a death of a participant IRHA will determine the designated successor eligible to continue the program.  If there is no designated successor IRHA will have the right to select an eligible successor.