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/  Fraggle Rock Development         Playground

Self-Help Homes are of the highest quality because much of the work is performed by the owner of the home and we use the most up-to-date building technology and techniques.


Through the Self-Help Program, OSTPH helped 10 families build their own homes.



  • Self-Help Homes are required to undergo additional and more vigorous inspections than other new homes.

  • 2 x 6 engineered exterior walls spaced every 24 inches instead of standard 2x4 16 inch spacing resulting in better structural and energy performance.

  • Self-Help Homes are up to 45% more energy efficient than other new homes built to code.

  • Whisper Green ventilation systems

  • 96.7% AFUE variable speed furnaces instead of 80% AFUE in standard homes.

  • Energy Star 3.0 certified

  • Highly efficient 16 SEER central air conditioning

  • EPA Water Sense qualified plumbing fixtures

  • Attractive and "water wise" landscaping

  • Upgraded R-49 attic insulation instead of code minimum of R-38

  • Upgraded R-23 exterior wall insulation instead of code minimum R-13

  • Advanced building envelope sealing with closed cell spray applied insulation

  • Upgraded highly efficient windows with double Low-E and argon gas

  • Energy Star certified appliances

  • High efficient lighting

  • Passive solar designs available

  • Energy heel trusses

  • Cold storage areas under porches

  • Open floor plans

  • Quality and environmentally friendly low VOC paints and finishes


Self-Help Homes is proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label.


ENERGY STAR. It’s the little label with the big message: Better is Better.


The ENERGY STAR label means that your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today.It means better quality, better comfort, and better durability. It also means that your new home is a better value for today, and a better investment for tomorrow.


The ENERGY STAR label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


ENERGY STAR certified homes are better because they are designed and built to provide homeowners:

Peace of Mind. The result of a home that’s built better. 


With the ENERGY STAR label on your new home, you can be confident that it will deliver. When ENERGY STAR requirements are applied to new home construction, an integrated approach to design combined with tried-and-true best building practices adds up to a durable, comfortable home with reduced utility and maintenance costs. Our ENERGY STAR certified homes have undergone more inspections and testing than typical homes to ensure that your new home was built to higher standards.

 Enduring Quality. Better systems make all the difference.


Purchasing a new home is a big investment, so it’s important to be sure that it’s built to last. We’ve designed all of our new ENERGY STAR certified homes to include value-adding energy efficiency features, and a combination of materials and equipment that will deliver better performance.


 ENERGY STAR certified new homes include features like:

·A complete Thermal Enclosure System that includes comprehensive air sealing, quality-installed insulation, and high-performance windows, to deliver improved comfort and lower utility bills.

 ·A high-efficiency Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling Systemthat is designed and installed for optimal performance.

 ·A comprehensive Water Management System to protect roofs, walls, and foundations from moisture damage.

 ·Energy-efficient Lighting and Appliances to help keep utility bills low, while providing high-quality performance and longevity.

 Wall-to-Wall Comfort. A better way to live.

Ask anyone who lives in an ENERGY STAR certified home to go back to their old home. You’ll likely hear that there’s no way they’ll give up the comfort that came with the ENERGY STAR label on their new home. From the moment you walk in the door of an ENERGY STAR certified home, you’ll see, feel, and hear the difference.

 Proven Value. A better investment for today and tomorrow.


ENERGY STAR certified new homes offer better energy efficiency and performance compared to other homes, making them a better value for today and a better investment for tomorrow. Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label use 20-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today.

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Housing Rehabilitation is a program for tribal members/ residents with supportive services, resident empowerment activities, and assistance in becoming economically self-sufficient.


OSTPH obtained a Resident of Self-Sufficiency grant called the ROSS grant; this grant helped tribal members get their homes rehabilitated and learn how they can become self-sufficient.


Our ROSS Coordinators showed resident participants how they can be empowered.

Fraggle Rock


OSTPH plans to build a playground at one of their housing complexes, located 1 mile south of Pine Ridge and one mile from White Clay, Ne.


There are approximately 20 homes located in this housing area.


We plan to have memorial benches for loved ones who lived in the housing complex but have passed away.


WHAT: Credit when Credit Is Due

WHERE: OSLH Conference Room

WHEN: Dec. 27, 2017 9:00am-4:30pm


Brooke Bair~ saved for higher education; 2016 Graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University; now working on management team with the Denver Nuggets.

Alice Jack~ saved for a home she purchased for her & her family while she worked on her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Oglala Lakota College.

Destiny Leftwich ~ Gates Scholar saved for higher education, graduated in Dec. 2016 from the University of South Dakota, was on Dean's list for six semesters and now a middle school teacher with Oglala Lakota County schools.

Marie Kills Warrior ~saved for a home and is repairing her grandmother's home, which is now her mother's. She learned carpentry skills while a participant with Thunder Valley CDC Work Force Development.

Shea Soderlin ~ an EMT with Bennett Co. & Clay Co. EMS, saved for education & used his IDA to pay for his last semester of college, he's now enrolled at SDSU Advanced Nursing.

Ron Pond Jr. ~ completed his carpentry training through Thunder Valley CDC Work Force Development and started his own business, he's our first Business IDA Graduate.

Cecile Poor Bear ~ Grandmother & foster Parent used her IDA home savings for much needed repairs to her home, eliminating black mold and making her home safer for her grandchildren and foster children.

CaSarah Pine ~ US Air Force Veteran will use her home savings for down payment assistance for the home she will build for her family.

Wendy Cross ~ Entrepreneur, will use her Business IDA to start up her concession stand that will provide healthy treats while providing for her family.

Marie Zephier ~ working with Habitat for Humanity, Marie will begin building her own home and will use her IDA home savings for down payment assistance.

Gerald 'Cisco' Cottier ~ used his IDA savings for his college education as he nears completion of his Construction degree & plans to start his own contracting business.

Terry Thomas ~ used his IDA Education savings to help pay for his tuition at Oglala Lakota College where he will receive his AA in Lakota Language.

Taylor Amiotte ~ a student at Black Hills State, used her IDA Education savings to pay for her tuition as she pursues her Human Service degree.

Juanita Jumping Eagle ~ will use her IDA home savings to build a ramp around her home, making it safe for her & her family.

Becky Yellow Shield ~ Mother & homebuilder, will use her IDA home savings to build a home for her & her children.

Cassie Big Crow ~ used her IDA home savings for much needed home repair, making her home warmer & safer for her family.

Our success stories does not show case ALL of our IDA completions. We plan to include each participant with their photos in the future.

We are proud of all of our participants who saved to reach their goal.

The IDA Match Savings Program is a great program for those needing a boost.

The IDA Program will end Sept. 30, 2018; we are seeking funding to continue this much needed program.

OST Partnership for Housing