Since 2002, the Pala Band of Mission Indians funds and builds homes for tribal members on the reservation.
The Pala Housing Authority is now accepting applications for Home Improvement Loans. The new program allows applicants to apply for funds up to $30,000.00, which are paid back through per capita draws over a 5-year period.
Any tribal member may be eligible to apply for the loan, as long as they do not currently owe monies to the tribe (new home loans and emergency loans excluded). These loans must be used for home improvements and cannot be used for items such as furniture purchases, décor, or window treatments.
Applications can be picked up at the Business Manager’s office located in the Administration Building.
Since 2002, the Pala Band of Mission Indians has been funding and building homes for tribal members on the reservation. From that time until early 2004, the tribe has constructed over 30 homes and has funded over 22 home additions and remodels. The success of this program has resulted in the formation of a new tribal department, The Pala Housing Authority.
The Pala Housing Authority began designing six new home plans in 2004. The new homes range from 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes to 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths measuring almost 3000sq ft in size. Members who are on a housing list are allowed to pick the floor plan of their choice as well as interior and exterior colors. The homes all feature Italian Porcelain floor tiles in all bathrooms and kitchen areas, as well as a master suite complete with soaking tub
The Tribe has completed 16 new homes and is commencing on a new phase of construction. They will also fund over a dozen home improvement loans for members living on and off the reservation.
Looking forward, the Pala Housing Authority anticipates building small master planned communities on lands recently purchased by the Tribe, which could eventually ensure that every member of the Tribe that wishes will have a new home. The department is also looking into other programs for members such as down payment assistance loans for members living off of the reservation.