NWIHA Quarterly Meeting, Clearwater Casino Resort, Suquamish, WA (Wed-Thu, Sept. 11-12, 2013)


The Northwest Indian Housing Association (NWIHA) consists of 38 Tribes, Tribal Housing Authorities and/or Tribally-Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) serving 3 Pacific Northwest states (and one THA in Southern Alaska). There are also 20 Associate Members who provide services or products to its members.

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.

NWIHA Quarterly Meetings are for members only.

Overview of the Quarterly Meeting:

Day 1, Wednesday Sept. 11

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Business Meeting (and Concurrent Maintenance Staff Training)
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Traditional Banquet and Annual Awards

Day 2, Thursday Sept. 12:

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EPA Workshop (See Below) 
Training TopicTrain Your Staff to Recognize and Prevent Costly and Unhealthy Housing Hazards
The goal of the SALESH Short Course is to provide a paddle - helping tribes move towards healthy, safe, efficient and affordable housing.

SALESHSafe, Affordable, Lasting, Efficient, Sustainable & Healthy!
Day 1, Wednesday Sept. 11
On Day 1, we cover topics specifically for Housing Inspectors, Maintenance and Management staff (while Tribal housing leaders attend the NWIHA Business Meeting):

Unit 1: The Basics… In this unit, you will learn about the house “as a system”, such as the movement of air, heat and energy.

Unit 2: The Hazards… In this unit, you will learn to recognize the common pollutants and hazards in a home, including where they come from, how they may degrade the house and how they may harm the occupants.

Unit 3: The Tools to Identify Hazards… In this unit, you will learn how to use diagnostic tools, tenant interviews, and checklists, each of which helps you identify and measure potential hazards. 
Day 2, Thursday Sept. 12:  
On Day 2, we invite Housing Managers and Executives to join us for a special session, including:

Unit 1: The Funds and Resources… In this unit, you will learn about the agencies, grants and programs that provide direct dollars, guidance or technical support for healthy housing.

Unit 2: The Control and Prevention of Hazards… In this unit, you will be introduced to practices and maintenance programs, including tenant education, that Housing Authorities find successful in preventing hazards.

Unit 3: Procurement and Construction… In this unit, you will receive guidance on how to procure building materials and employ construction practices that make homes safer, healthier and more cost-effective to maintain over time. 

The Training TEAM:

Jerry Hause, Certified Residential Inspector, Member, Cowlitz Tribe Certified Residential Inspector, Jerry Hause, has had significant experience and training in weatherization and building inspections for tribes. A member of the Cowlitz Tribe, Mr. Hause has contracted with tribes to perform “Energy-Efficiency” audits. As certified inspector, his audits involve a thorough inspection of homes, using a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. With thorough audits, he uses equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation. Specifically, Mr. Hause has the following certifications and recognition: 1) BPI certified “Building Analyst Professional” October 2, 2008, 2) NEEI “Certified Residential Auditor” and “Certified Residential Inspector” August 19, 2005, 3) Weatherization Program Manager for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe since November 7, 2005

Aileen Gagney, American Lung Association, Master Home Environmentalist Program Aileen has led the Lung Association’s MHE program for over 13 years, and has developed a comprehensive training program on topics such as moisture and biological contaminants, dust, lead, toxicology, cultural diversity, secondhand smoke, asthma, household chemicals, ventilation, landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities, and communication and behavior change. The Master Home Environmentalist © training will be provided to tribes in a condensed, two-day format. Through the training, you will recognize hazards such as lead, dust, household chemicals, mold, and other air pollutants; how to use low cost or no cost methods to reduce risks; teaching others about health hazards in their home and how poor air quality can affect their health; and conducting free in-home environmental assessments. The Master Home Environmentalist © program was recognized in 2005 with a Children's Environmental Health Excellence Award. This prestigious honor is given out annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to programs and organizations that demonstrate effectiveness, innovation, and longevity in protecting children from environmental health risks.

Erin Mader, Tribal Air Quality Program, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 Erin works at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 in the Tribal Air Quality Program. She supports tribes and tribal communities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in addressing their air quality needs, with an emphasis on indoor air quality and healthy indoor environments, such as homes and schools. She has a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and experience working in non-profit, county, state, and federal agencies. She previously worked as a housing counselor for tenants and landlords and also worked in a state environmental and occupational health program. Erin is particularly interested in supporting tribes in building relationships among housing, health, and environmental departments in order to support healthy buildings and people.

Gillian Mittelstaedt, Tribal Healthy Homes Northwest Gillian Mittelstaedt is Director of Tribal Healthy Homes Northwest, a consortia of tribes who work to reduce indoor exposures. Since 1992, Gillian has worked with tribes, regionally and nationally, to reduce environmental exposures and improve health outcomes. Her field work and passion is serving the Tulalip Tribes, where she manages their Ambient Air Quality and Indoor Environments program. While addressing all airborne exposures, her research and advocacy work focuses on respiratory diseases and fine particle pollution, with an emphasis on woodsmoke exposure in at-risk populations. She serves as Chair of the Washington Asthma Initiative, and Chair of the Washington Leadership Council for the American Lung Association. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. 

Reserve Your Sleeping Room Today!
To reserve your sleeping room(s) at the Clearwater Casino Resort, 15347 Suquamish Way NE, Suquamish, WA 98392 Call the toll free number for reservations at (866) 609-8700. Mention NWIHA to receive the group rate of $77 single occupancy plus tax. Deadline for sleeping room reservations is 5 pm on Friday, August 30, 2013. Don’t delay. The resort has a limited number of sleeping rooms!


  • When

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - Thursday, September 12, 2013
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Clearwater Casino Resort
    15347 Suquamish Way NE
    Suquamish, Washington 98392

  • Capacity

  • 70 (42 remaining)

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