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July 23, 2009
HUD AWARDS ALMOST $3.5 MILLION TO 8 NORTHWEST TRIBES AND NATIVE VILLAGES TO IMPROVE HOUSING CONDITIONS FOR NATIVE AMERICANS
SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded a total of $3,488,192 to eight tribes and Alaskan native villages to improve housing conditions for Native American families.
As a result of today’s announcement of Indian Housing Block Grant funds, in Alaska $125,352 was awarded to Arctic Village,, $113,455 to Chickaloon Native Village, $242,475 to Hoonah Indian Association, $343,311 to the Native Village of Kivalina, $60,078 to the Seldovia Village Tribe and $136,220 to the Native Village of Venetie. In addition, in Oregon $2,298,077 was awarded to the Klamath Tribe and, in Washington, $268,513 to the Shoalwater Bay Tribe.
"This funding helps tribal communities provide decent, safe, affordable housing for its members," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who announced the funding today. "HUD is proud to partner with tribal governments in our efforts to provide quality housing to Native Americans."
IHBG funding is awarded by formula and provides tribes or tribally designated housing entities with funds for a full range of affordable housing programs, including housing development; modernization; management services and operating assistance; housing counseling; crime prevention; and safety training and technical assistance. The block grant approach to housing for Native Americans was created in 1996, when the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) was passed by Congress, giving tribes authority to determine how to use funds to address specific needs in their communities.
Since 1998, HUD has distributed more than $600 million each year under this program to the 562 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages. This needs-based grant empower tribal governments to determine how best to use the funding to address the specific housing needs in their local communities.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.