Dear Tribal Members,
My name is Andreas Tziolas and I am the new Director of the Burns Paiute Housing Department. Myself and my colleagues at TRIBN LLC hail from Alaska where we work on some of the most challenging environments and circumstances that tribes must face to secure traditional values and create healthy living opportunities. We are excited to have been entrusted with new challenges here in Oregon.
I am personally deeply honored to have been brought on board to work with you for the betterment of the tribe. I am dedicated to you, in all that I do and am committed to work tirelessly to earn your respect and support in rebuilding our housing programs and developing new homes for generations to come.
As we work tirelessly to rebuild the housing department, we have two requests for you:
■ Renters, Homebuyers and Homeowners Points of Contact Needed
As we modernize our systems and rebuild our housing records, we would like to update our points of contact. Over the next few months I would like to speak with every one of you to understand your current housing situation, what maintenance needs you have, what upgrades are needed to the homes or any other thoughts and concerns you may have about the community’s health and safety.
Please reach out to me by email, phone (or even just text me!) at firstname.lastname@example.org and (907) 301-2160. I’m just looking for basic information at this stage: name, address, email and phone numbers so we can get going.
■ Burns Paiute Housing Committee Members Needed
One of our objectives for early 2021 is to establish a Housing Committee which will serve as an advisory board to the Housing Director and new staff coming on board. The motivations for the formation of this committee is to establish a means of communication with tribal members, improve transparency and due diligence as well as to capture the wisdom of the elders and the ambitions of the tribal youth.
Committee members should (a) be tribal members, (b) should not be currently participating in a housing rental or home purchasing program, and (c) are not employed by the tribe or council. We are early in the planning, and do not yet know if we can offer a stipend for participation. The committee is expected to meet monthly for 1 hour.
If you are interested in being considered, please email me at email@example.com with your name, phone number and why you would like to be considered for the Housing Committee.
It is my sincere pleasure to have this opportunity to introduce myself to you and am humbled by the faith the tribe has shown us in entrusting us with this incredible task. I am looking forward to meeting you soon, as our lives slowly (hopefully!) begin to return to normal.
With this opportunity please accept my warmest wishes for the season – health, happiness and prosperity in the new year.
Andreas C. Tziolas, PhD
Housing Director (Contracted)
Burns Paiute Housing Department