PAHA follows the HUD guidance on Indian and tribal preference for employment and contracting. Section 101(k) of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA), authorizes tribal preferences in employment and contracting when using Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds.

Indian Preference: IHBG regulations require tribes and TDHEs to comply with Section 7(b) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (U.S.C. 450e(b)) and, to the greatest extent feasible, give preference in the award of contracts for projects funded under the IHBG program to Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises. The law requires Indian preference in training and employment and in the award of contracts and subcontracts.

Tribal Preference: When an Indian tribe has adopted a tribal preference law, regulation, or ordinance governing preference in employment and contracting, that tribal preference law will govern any preferences in employment and contracting under the IHBG program. Such laws may, for instance, provide tribal members with preferential treatment over other Indians that are not members of the tribe in employment and contracting carried out under an IHBG grant. Tribal preference laws may also specify any preferences in reductions in workforce and layoffs.