Navajo | Elder Hogan Homes Initiative

Indigenous Community Enterprises (ICE), one of the first green builders for the Navajo Housing Authority, provides culturally-appropriate housing for low-income Navajo tribal members. The Elder Hoogan Homes initiative worked directly with Navajo elders who helped design floor plans that would support traditional life-ways while being efficient and low-impact. On off-grid sites, the homes often make use of traditional design knowledge, local skills, and materials from Navajo Nation, including straw bales from Navajo Agricultural Products Industries (NAPI) and timber from tribal forests.

This case study forms part of the Case Studies 2013 project by the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC). These case studies are foundational to SNCC's multi-year effort to research and share the exciting work that tribes are undertaking across the country.

About The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC) was founded in New Mexico in 2009 to advance the development of culturally and environmentally responsive housing design within American Indian communities.

Through planning, architectural design, technical assistance and research, the collaborative help tribal communities gain self-sufficiency, improve their impacts on the natural world, and develop healthy, green, culturally-appropriate communities.