Community Initiatives & Strategies
At CIHA, we recognize that it takes more than four walls and a roof to create a home. That’s why we focus our efforts on empowering people and investing in the communities in which they live. When it comes to building communities, we employ a number of tools and strategies, from environmentally-minded initiatives that honor our land to creative placemaking efforts that leverage the talents of artists and creatives to address community issues.
Homes To Be Proud Of
We focus on building affordable rental housing that is both safe and makes residents feel proud to live in. Research makes it clear that this combination contributes to positive change for residents on the economic, social, and health fronts.
Collaboration & Partnerships
CIHA's success relies on our strong tribal partnerships as well as collaborations with other nonprofit groups and for profit businesses. No organization can do everything alone. We work together for a stronger Alaska.
Honoring Our Land
CIHA does more than build homes-- we help build strong communities and healthy neighborhoods. To work toward those goals, we help clean up brownfield areas, build community gardens and green spaces, and restore creeks and other waterways. We respect the land and are devoted to taking care of it.
Creating Community Through Art
In collaborating with local artists, we exemplify how artistic partnerships can promote awareness of local challenges, build coalitions to give voice to under-served communities, and address current deficiencies while creating opportunities for community members to meet and interact.
Relevant, Innovative Design
CIHA designs and builds its developments to work for specific neighborhood contexts and resident groups. We use innovative design methods with an emphasis on infill and small lots, crime prevention, safe spaces for senior living, energy efficiency for long term sustainability, and much more.
CIHA intentionally invests in commercial corridors as a way to revitalize neighborhoods. In addition to offering affordable housing, our mixed-use developments give neighborhoods the spark they need to draw in new residents and grow community engagement.
Community Identity & Belonging
Community spaces in CIHA's buildings offer our residents and their neighbors in the broader community places to meet. These spaces foster engagement in the community and build stronger networks for today and the future.
Policy & Advocacy Engagement
CIHA actively engages in policy work and advocacy across local, state, and federal levels. Some of the initiatives we have worked on recently include the Ready to Rent Program and the 2020 Census.