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Development and Modernization Division

The Development and Modernization Division assists in the development and acquisition of rental housing units, the modernization of existing rental units, development and maintenance of family-centered parks and outdoor recreation facilities; facilitates the installation of solar panels on rental housing, in order to reduce energy costs to low-income tenants; and administers home-repair programs for income eligible Ho-Chunk homeowners.

Home Repair Programs

Tribal Repair and Improvement Program (TRIP)

For Low-Income Ho-Chunk Nation Homeowners

This program is intended to grant low-income tribal members up to $20,000 for necessary home repairs on stick-frame homes. The grant amount for repairs on mobile homes is limited to $7,500.  These are the maximum lifetime forgivable loan amounts. Click here for the application.

Tribal Repair and Improvement Program Emergency Repair (TRIP Emergency Repairs)

For Low-Income Ho-Chunk Nation Homeowners

This program is designed to meet the urgent needs of our low-income tribal members. It is a grant up to $7,500 and is for emergency home repairs on stick-frame and mobile homes. These emergency funds are extremely limited and are primarily used to repair or replace furnace, roof, and water heaters. Click here for the application.

These programs are federally funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and compliance with applicable federal requirements must be adhered to.


Reimbursement for Lead Inspections and Home Inspections, as part of HHCDA homebuyer down payment services. HHCDA offers eligible first-time-homebuyer families reimbursement for inspection services. These inspections must be performed by a certified state-licensed lead-risk assessor and state-licensed home inspector, respectively.

If the home being purchased was constructed before 1978, it must have a lead-risk assessment before the sale is complete, so the prospective homeowner is aware of potential lead hazards. This inspection must be performed by a state-licensed lead-risk assessor.

A state-licensed home inspector will evaluate all aspects of the house being purchased, including the roof, attic, plumbing, and electrical components and will also identify structural problems. Homebuyers are strongly encouraged to accompany the inspector during the home inspection, to ask questions, to familiarize themselves with the property, and to have any questions they have answered in-person by the inspector.


HHCDA has implemented two major solar projects, both funded by the HUD Indian Community Development Block Grants and HHCDA match funds: (1) Sandpillow Village Solar Project in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, and (2) Wisconsin Dells Solar Project, in Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The 2012 Sandpillow project installed solar photovoltaic systems on 43 single-family low-rent units, 10 apartment units, and 2 community building—with a cumulative total of Dells-area rental units: 80 low rent units in Winnebago Heights and Ho-Chunk Village, Sauk County, Wisconsin, and 18 Indian HOME apartment units in Indian Heights, Juneau County, Wisconsin. The reduction in electricity cost owing to the solar panels is between 30 and 40 percent.

The contractor for the Wisconsin Dells project, Sunvest Solar, Inc., installed photovoltaic systems totaling 378 kW, with a breakdown as follows:

Winnebago Heights:

  • 5-kW systems on 14 single-family units (70kW total)
  • 3-kW systems on each of the 10 apartments (30kW total)

Ho-Chunk Village:

  • 5-kW systems on 20 single-family units (100 kW total)
  • 5-kW systems on 8 townhouse units (40 kW total)
  • 3-kW systems on 8 duplex units (24 kW total)
  • 3-kW systems on 20 fourplex units (60 kW total)

Indian Heights:

  • 3-kW systems on each of 18 apartment units (54 kW total)

Unit Development/Acquisition

HHCDA added eight affordable rental units to its housing stock in 2019:

  • In Tomah (Monroe County, Wisconsin), HHCDA purchased and completely rehabilitated a duplex. Both units feature open-concept living and have 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.
  • In Madison (Dane County, Wisconsin), the agency purchased a fourplex, which is in the process of being rehabbed. These low-rent units each feature 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and a 1-car garage.
  • In Wittenberg (Shawano County, Wisconsin), we added a new modular duplex, constructed by Terrace Homes Retail. Both units have 2 bedrooms, 1½ baths, and a 2-car attached garage.