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Our Mission

The mission of the Ho-Chunk Housing and Community Development Agency is to foster a strong, healthy community of which Ho-Chunk Nation members can be proud – through providing members with quality, affordable housing and programs that help meet the Ho-Chunk Nation’s social, cultural, and community needs.



Indian Mission Community Center Being Closed For Renovations

Starting May 1, 2023, the Indian Mission Community Center will not be available for usage or rental until renovations to the building are complete. The upcoming kitchen renovations will double the size of the kitchen area. It is expected that the renovations will be completed in October. 



HHCDA submitted the FY 2022 Annual Plan Review (APR) to HUD- Office of Native American Programs and to the Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature. The plan was sent to each of the Ho-Chunk Nation Branch offices for posting. HHCDA will take and record comments regarding the FY-22 APR.

The APR is a summary of activity of the annual HHCDA Indian Housing Plan. While HHCDA was not able to complete development projects due to covid supply stream issues and contractor shortages, the plan  does show that HHCDA was able to sustain delivery of outreach programs. HHCDA Down-payment Assistance grants grew during FY 22.

Click the link below for a full copy of the FY 22 APR. If you have any comments please send them to or Neil.



Turkey and Ham Give Away and Social Dance

 This event is for ALL Ho-Chunk Communities.  We all have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in one way or another – We are stronger together and together, and we will get through tough times.  HHCDA is sponsoring this event to bring together resources to benefit Hocak members.  Come get a dose of old style MaakaPii (Good Medicine), enjoy a good meal, and participate in singing and dancing, with each household receiving a turkey OR ham.

Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

Time: 2:00PM – 9:00PM

Location: District 1 Community Center (D1CC), N7261 Warrior Ave., Black River Falls, WI  54615 (Gymnasium)

Event Agenda:

Informational Booths  2:00 PM – 6:00 PM      (Special Thank you to Jesse Mann at Behavioral Health)

First Nation, Behavioral Health, Education Dept. (Pre-K, Financial Lit., Disabilities, Ee Cooni Learning), HHCDA (reg. & Covid assistance), Dept. of Labor, Wellness Ct., and crafts for sale.

Supper Meal    4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Cooks: Toni Pettibone and James Blackdeer.  They will be serving up some traditional fire cooked soups, and other great choices; to-go-meals will be available for farther traveling community members.

Drum/Dancing and Speakers  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

M.C. Matt Mann will keep this portion moving with: Welcome, Prayer, dance specials, Speakers, and door prizes.  Special Speakers – young adults’ panel, Wellness Ct., open floor welcome.

Turkey OR Ham Distribution 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM      (Special Thank you to Victor at Food Distribution!)

  • Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal members.
  • One per household.
  • Registration required – receipt of turkey. (Melanie Stacy & volunteers)
  • Informational Booth stamp card – handed out at registration – to claim turkey OR ham.
  • Not able to attend December 14th event?
    • Call HHCDA (ask for Dori) at 608-374-1245 – Starting Monday, December 19, 2022.
    • Be prepared to answer the following:
      • Name of head of house, household size, tribal ID #, address, are you low income.
        • Dori will have additional information and provide great customer assistance.
      • Delivery/pick-up schedule is being worked out.




   2021 Ho-Chunk Nation Application for Indian Community Development

 Block Grant (ICDBG) Funds:

 HHCDA Solar Project




This Ho-Chunk Nation ICDBG proposal will request U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2010 funding of $700,000, to be matched by $233,350 of HHCDA funds for installation of solar photovoltaic panels on HHCDA affordable rental units in Indian Mission, Chakh-Hah-Chee, Potch Chee Nunk, Dane County, La Crosse County, and Blue Wing Village.  The solar PV systems will be 3 kilowatts each and will be installed and maintained by HHCDA.

The proposed solar project, which will target all low-income tenants in these HHCDA communities, will be designed to meet the communities’ need for maximum energy efficiency, to render their living situation as affordable as possible and freeing up room in their budget to enhance their family’s quality of life.  HHCDA estimates that the solar panels will save tenants 30-50% in their electric bills.  The benefits to the environment, with the lessened carbon load, are of course significant, as well.

Program and Project Specific Threshold Requirements

As explained in the Federal Register Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), “Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages,” Section III.D, program-related thresholds include outstanding ICDBG obligations, of which the Ho-Chunk Nation has none, and compliance with Fair Housing and Civil Rights laws.  The Ho-Chunk Nation is a federally recognized Indian tribe and has no outstanding violations of applicable civil rights provisions. 

This Ho-Chunk Nation proposal requests funding for the HHCDA Solar Project, which is a HOUSING REHABILITATION project.  As explained in Section iv.B of the above Federal Register notice, Housing Rehabilitation projects must provide a statement that housing-rehabilitation standards and policies have been adopted, and that ICDBG funds will be used to rehabilitate housing only when the homeowner’s (or renter’s) payments are current or the homeowner (or renter) is current in a repayment agreement.                                                                          

Components That Address the Rating Factors.

Following Section V.A.1 of the NOFO, “Rating Factors” this proposal for ICDBG funding for the HHCDA Solar Project (a Housing Rehabilitation project) will be rated based upon the following factors:

Rating Factor 1:          Capacity of the Applicant (34 points).

Rating Factor 2:          Need/Extent of the Problem (25 points).

Rating Factor 3:          Soundness of Approach (29 points).

Rating Factor 4:          Leveraging Resources (6 points).

Rating Factor 5:          Comprehensiveness and Coordination (6 points).

Posting of and Comments on This Statement

This Community Development Statement has been publicly posted on the HHCDA website and Facebook page, on October 14, 2021.  HHCDA welcomes comments on this statement.  (The grant application will be submitted to HUD on or before October 25, 2021.)  Please contact: Paul Tysse or Neil Whitegull at HHCDA, 1-800-236-2260 or email or

HHCDA Community Gardens

HHCDA provides organic gardens in its communities of Blue Wing Village, Indian Heights, Sandpillow Village, Ho-Chunk Village, and Chakh-Ha-Chee Village.  The Blue Wing Village organic garden, located in Tomah, Wisconsin, was started in 2014 and continues to thrive and grow to this day.  From this one garden, HHCDA received requests from other HHCDA communities for their own organic gardens, and in 2015, Indian Heights Village garden was started in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.  In 2016, a third garden was developed in Sand Pillow Village, Black River Falls, Wisconsin.  Following this, in 2018, HHCDA started a fourth organic garden in Ho-Chunk Village, located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The fifth and most recent garden was started in 2019 at Chakh-Ha-Chee Village, located in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. 

For three years, HHCDA used the original garden-development template used at Blue Wing Village as the foundation upon which to continue a vision gifted to the program by a Ho-Chunk elder veteran, who led with Ho-Chunk values:  the purpose of the gardens is to help feed our Ho-Chunk people and to teach them to feed themselves.  HHCDA took this vision on, as a part of the agency’s community-development aspect, to assist families in learning new skills that address their needs. 

In 2017, HHCDA conducted a Food Sovereignty Assessment of the Ho-Chunk Nation, obtaining grant funding from First Nations Development Institute.  The demand for gardens needed to be assessed before we could start more gardens.  The Food Sovereignty Assessment will be conducted again in 2020.

The garden project utilizes organic practices regarding soil, seeds, and garden management, and begins activities in January each year.  Planning meetings start off with the scheduling of organic garden training classes for everyone to learn or review these practices.  Community members decide what fruits, vegetables and healing herbs they will be planting, aided by educational classes conducted by tribal nutritionists and herbalists.  In addition to learning about the health benefits of garden produce, they learn both to preserve food for winter and to make healing salves for their families. Canning classes and herbal classes are scheduled throughout the year, so families can become comfortable utilizing what they learn.

In 2019, HHCDA was able to hire a full-time Garden Coordinator. The Garden Coordinator is vital to these projects, as the number of gardens has increased year by year, as has the number of community members drawn to the program each year.

Things to look for in 2022

  • The 2nd Food Sovereignty Assessment.
  • Seed-saving training classes and the start of a seed bank.
  • Collaboration with HCHP– Language Division.
  • Partnership with HCN Youth Services.
  • Community composting projects.
  • Building of a greenhouse.
  • Continuing food-preservation and “Gardening 101” classes.

Parks and Ballfields

We believe strongly that green and recreational spaces are important to the health and social well-being of HHCDA communities.  HHCDA has developed, and on an ongoing basis, maintains parks and recreation areas for neighborhood and community gatherings.  These green/recreational areas have included: