Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority’s mission is to connect Southeast Alaskans with sustainable housing opportunities and innovative financial solutions.
Since 1973, the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) has been working to meet the affordable housing needs of individuals and families in Southeast Alaska. THRHA offers a variety of services, such as temporary emergency housing, senior independent living, down-payment assistance, home repair, and project and home construction. The authority also provides home ownership and rent-to-own opportunities. In addition, THRHA owns and operates Fireweed Place, which is a 67-unit apartment building for senior citizens who can live independently. The authority administers the Rural Owner Occupied Loan Program, which provides financing to construct, purchase or renovate owner-occupied single-family residences and duplexes. It has several departments, including administration, fiscal, housing management, mortgage loans, tribal services, and development, construction and maintenance. The Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority is headquartered in Juneau, Alaska but services communities all over Southeast Alaska.
On February 12, 1973, Tribal members Frank See, Bertha Cavanaugh, Robert Sanderson, Caroline Powell, and Cyril George convened for the first meeting of the Tlingit & Haida Regional Housing Authority Board of Commissioners (BOC). Since then, the BOC has worked steadily for the past 45 years to meet the housing needs of individuals and families throughout Southeast Alaska.
The creation of THRHA was authorized by State of Alaska Statute 18.55.995 giving Tlingit Haida Central Council (CCTHITA) the authority to create a regional housing authority for Southeast Alaska. Under this statute, CCTHITA appoints the five-member Board of Commissioners for THRHA, each serving a three-year term. THRHA is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation with all of the powers, rights, and functions as the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC).