The Housing Department was established in December, 1964, and is overseen by an Advisory Board which is comprised of five Tribal members with staggered terms. The board members are appointed by the Walker River Paiute Tribal Council. The Tribal Council is comprised of seven Tribal members with staggered terms. That gives the Tribal Council some authority over the Housing Department yet the Housing Department remains autonomous for various legal reasons under the Housing Ordinance which has been amended at various times since the inception. The Housing Department staff numbers seven positions with various responsibilities.
Since its beginning the Housing Department has built over 280 units for habitation. The Housing Department currently operates a program providing rental assistance to eligible low income Tribal members attending certain institutions of higher learning.