2013 National Planning Excellence Awards: HUD Secretary's Opportunity & Empowerment Award
Owe'neh Bupingeh Preservation Plan
Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico
Ohkay Owingeh is the first Pueblo tribe to develop a comprehensive preservation plan that guides practical housing improvements according to cultural values. The Owe'neh Bupingeh Rehabilitation Project is a multi-year, affordable housing, rehabilitation project within the historic core of the tribe's village center. Only 60 homes remain of the nearly several hundred that once existed. Most had been abandoned by 2005 due to deterioration.
The first two phases completed in March 2012, involved the rehabilitation of 20 homes and infrastructure of the full place. Families have been provided with quality, affordable housing that is culturally appropriate, and the effort has energized a tribal discussion of larger cultural preservation issues.