The American Indian Community Development Corporation’s mission is to provide culturally unique initiatives, housing and entrepreneurial programs that will strengthen American Indian communities.
Goals and Objectives
– Provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing within a primarily American Indian community to homeless persons and provide permanent affordable housing for low and moderate income persons.
– Provide training and technical assistance to persons within a primarily American Indian community in the areas of housing, rehabilitation, upkeep and maintenance, and management of residential housing units.
– Conduct research, and gather data to be analyzed to formulate policy in the area of housing. Serve as an information clearing house by providing quality technical assistance and advice to other organizations and persons with similar goals.
– Engage in demonstration projects which will develop experimental and creative approaches to provide housing within a primarily American Indian community for homeless and low and moderate income per sons with special needs such as chemical dependency, mental health problems, HIV/AIDS-afflicted, and other debilitating conditions.
– Combat community deterioration in an area primarily populated by American Indian persons by rehabilitating poorly-maintained residential housing units occupied by low- and moderate-income persons.
– Provide information and advice to homeless, low- and moderate-income persons as to their rights and responsibilities under applicable housing law.
– Work in cooperation with American Indian tribal governments in social, educational and housing projects which are designed to inform homeless and low- and moderate-income persons about the availability of such programs on or off Indian reservations.
Anishinabe Wakiagun is a culturally specific permanent supportive housing program for late stage chronic inebriates. It is a wet/dry facility that does not require residents to be sober in order to maintain their housing.
The philosophy of Anishinabe Wakiagun is to reduce the public cost of providing services while at the same time providing a more stable living environment for it’s residents. The program goal is to minimize the negative consequences of the residents’ drinking patterns, while providing a stable, culturally appropriate living environment that encourages a reduction in alcohol consumption.
Anishinabe Wakiagun is not a shelter, but provides permanent housing that encourages long-term residency to maximize stability in the individual’s life.
Founded in 1999, KOLA’s mission is to provide culturally specific supportive services to chronically inebriated homeless American Indians. KOLA provides case management, healthcare outreach, daytime activities, health screening and referral services to many of the homeless American Indians who are chronic late stage inebriates.
Characteristics of a typical KOLA Client:
– Majority are male with an average age of 35.
– May suffer from depression and other mental illness along with severe chemical addictions.
– Is distrustful and suspicious of drop-in centers, shelters, and medical clinics.
– Show extreme loyalty to one another.
– Most are gifted and talented people.
– Many have served their country.
AICDC staff is constantly growing to meet the capacity demands for housing and supportive services to the American Indian community.
The housing advocacy program is designed to strengthen the American Indian community by offering opportunities to better the quality of life and health of Native Americans. Through an intake process, clients are interviewed to determine the services needed.
Many Rivers – Niibiwa Siibin
Located on East Franklin Avenue between the Minneapolis Public Library (Franklin Branch) and the Minneapolis American Indian Center, AICDC developed 78 units of affordable housing in two new buildings. Many Rivers buildings feature three floors of housing and one story of commercial space and underground heated parking. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has partnered with AICDC to provide affordable housing to some of its urban members though a master lease of a number of units.
AICDC, in partnership with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, developed affordable homeownership housing for the Mille Lacs urban members living in the Ventura Village neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Under the “Self-Sufficiency in Urban Indian Communities Initiative,” this project is the first phase of the creation of more affordable homeownership opportunities for American Indian families living in the Ventura Village and Phillips communities. In this unique partnership the Mille Lacs Band, through their bank, provided low interest (2%) loans to enhance affordablillity for participating families. AICDC provided development and construction managment services to the project. The six scattered-site units are high quality single-family homes constructed using Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction which allows for energy savings of up to 60%.