The Acoma Pueblo of New Mexico has earned the reputation as the oldest continually inhabited community in North America for its “Sky City,” a mesa-top village of more than 250 dwellings that were built on a 367-foot sandstone bluff starting in 1150 A.D.
It is one of only a few Native American sites to be designated on the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and it has been captivating to visit and reflect on the community’s thousand years of housing and culture.
The Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority (PAHA) will link this history and culture to the present by building 30 new affordable homes. I am elated to announce PAHA’s project, PAHA LIHTC Homes #1, recently received an award of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority!
The competition in New Mexico is notoriously fierce, and this year was no exception: PAHA’s project was awarded in a round with only a 30 percent success rate! With this allocation, the housing authority will build 30 new units, a new community building, and an outdoor recreation area on the Acoma Indian Reservation.
The new homes will be located about 10 miles from the historic village in a residential neighborhood within walking distance of many amenities and services. The project consists of three multifamily buildings, two of which will contain 12 units, and one that will contain six units.
The new 1,355-square-foot community building is centrally located and will include a large meeting room and kitchen. It will host programs such as quarterly financial literacy trainings at no cost to the residents.
Outside the community building, residents will have access to a picnic pavilion, bike and walking path, playground and recreation space, and a full-court basketball court.
Here are beautiful renderings from our design team, Travois Design & Construction Services, the architects for the project. We are extremely proud that this project is moving forward and look forward to helping it through closing, construction, rent-up and the compliance period.
For more information on Sky City, visit the Sky City Cultural center and Haak’u Museum website or consider seeing it in person. It is an amazing experience!