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July, 1962
Canyon Day Area Residents Get "Self-Help" Housing Data
The Canyon Day Community Development Associa
tion held their regular monthly meeting in their com
munity hall Tuesday evening, June 19. Main topic of
discussion was improved housing for tribal members
living in the Canyon Day District.
The discussion was led by Fort Apache Agency
Superintendent Hawley; Tribal Construction and Main
tenance Supervisor; Gayle Millet; West Anderson, Com
munity Association President; and Vice Chairman Fred
THE SUPERINTENDENT explained the pilot pro
ject on Self-Help housing in the East Fork-Seven Mile
District. This project is scheduled for completion on
July 1 and all eight houses will be completed on sched
ule. Following the discussion the community group asked
the following questions;
1. On what basis were the
families selected?
It was explained that the
families were selected based on
the sincere desire to improve,
to have better housing, to im
prove their standards of living
and to have a more pleasant
place to live.
2. After the group was select
ed, how were they organized?
It was explained that the
group was organized under a
joint venture contract and that
the husband and wife were made
full partners with equal respon
sibility to make every effort to
see that the joint venture was
brought to a successful conclu
sion. The wives were organized
under the direction of Mrs. Ima
Jean Harris, Agency Home Ec
onomist. She had regular sched
uled meetings with the wives
during which time food prob
lems, home management, inter
ior decorating, etc. were discuss
3. Why were all houses built
under the same plan and had
the same square footage?
It was explained that all had
to share and share alike. Each
family under the joint venture
contract agreed to furnish the
labor and materials for the con
struction of eight residences on
the homesite selected by each
family. It wa l - explained that
they all had to accept the same
floor plan since all eight fam
ilies had to contribute equally
and put in the same amount of
time which would be impossible
if one, two, or three bedroom
ii■ lines wore selected und«-r
similar joint venture contract.
4. How much training was
necessary before the home
builders could start building a
Mr. Miller explained that the
houses were prefrabricated and
the parts of the houses that
could not be prefrabricated
were pre-cut Patterns were laid
out and all the cutting was done
by a skilled carpenter. Mem
bers of the self-help housing
project then nailed parts togeth
er to make the panels, trusses,
door and window frames, etc.
There actually is a very limited
amount of training required.
Julius Armstrong, White
Mountain Apache who is a lead
man in the tribal construction
unit, supervised the erection of
the buildings. It was explained
that this was necesstry in order
to keep the home builders from
making serious mistakes while
the houses were being assemb
5. How was the money con
trolled and who did the buying
of the materials for the houses
and the paying of the bills?
It was understood and agreed
by the husband and wife team
that the capital for this joint
venture contract shall consist
of the money borrowed from
the White Mountain Tribal Cred
it Fund and each team agreed
that this money be pooled and
deposited in a joint account in
a commercial bank. All dis
bursements for supplies and ma
terials were made by check and
drawn on said bank and signed
by the Tribal Treasurer and the
Tribal Chairman. No payments
for bills incurred under the
joint venture contract were
made until a voucher was issued
and approved by the Construct
ion Supervisor.
6. How long will this joint
venture contract last upon the
completion of the houses?
The agreement and all the
conditions under the joint ven
ture contract will terminate
after all eight houses are com
pleted and all the outstanding
bills are paid and the accounts
7. Does the home builders
have any legal document, such
as a deed, proving that he and
his wife are the owners of the
house after the termination oi'
the joint venture contract?
Upon completion of the house
a bill of sale shall be obtained
to evidence title to the house
and a copy shall be filed with
each copy of the loan contract
8. Are the houses covered by
It was explained that fire and
extended insurance coverage is
obtained with a loss payable in
favor of the White Mountain
Apache Tribe.
9. Why is the Superintendent
and the Tribal Council in favor
of a self-help housing program?
We are in favor of a self
help housing program for the
following reasons:
(a) Low cost of construction
under this type of program
makes re-payment easier over a
shorter period of time.
(b) Because of the low cost
of construction we can reach
a greater number of families.
10. What are some of the ben
efits that accrue to each family?
(a) Creates better housing
for the family and improves
their standard of living and
makes for a more pleasant place
to live.
(b) Improves the health and
sanitation for the family.
(c) Increases the value of his
property and gives the family
the pride of ownership.
(d) Creates confidence and
brings the family closer togeth
er by working cooperatively in
building their own home.
There were approximately
fifteen families that expressed
interest in starting a self-help
housing project in the Canyon
Day community.
Superintendent Hawley ex
plained they could make appli
cation by first contacting the
Superintendent, who has been
interviewing and selecting all
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the candidates for the self-help
housing program. The second
step then will be contacting the
Agency Credit Officer who will
collect the following informa
1. Ages of the family and the
number in the family.
2. What they own.
3. What all they owe, time
payment contracts, etc.
4. What their income is and
how much money they expect to
make over the period of the
The final approval authority
for the granting of the loans
to any individual White Mount
ain Apache rests with the White
Mountain Apache Tribal Credit
Committee and the Area Direc
tor of the Bureau of Indian Af
Wall Panels Go Up on Tom Moody Home
Truss Type Roof and Panels Being Installed
Outside Siding Nears Completion
Superintendent Hawley and Workers Discuss Plans
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