American Indian Community Housing Organization

Grantee Year: 
2017
City: 
Duluth
State: 
Minnesota

The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) was started in a parking lot outside of a local social service organization by a group of women. They wondered why they didn’t have the things they needed. In the past 24 years, AICHO has developed and maintained critical resources for their community. Their approach to work has been to develop direct services and drive social change. As a service and resource provider, AICHO offers a domestic violence emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, housing support services, mental health services, and a children’s program. As a driver of social change, AICHO advocates on issues that impacts their community on a daily basis; from the disproportionate number of children removed from families, the number of missing and murdered American Indian women, to the need to assert tribal sovereignty and political identity. AICHO’s operating philosophy is that every American Indian deserves to live in a non-violent and nonthreatening environment and has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.