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Lee Jones
(206) 220-5356 (work)
or (804) 363-7018 (cell)
www.hud.gov/washington
For Release
Tuesday
August 11, 2009

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HUD SECRETARY DONOVAN ANNOUNCES $32.8 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT FUNDS TO TRIBAL AND NATIVE ORGANIZATIONS IN ALASKA, OREGON & WASHINGTON TO IMPROVE HOUSING

ANCHORAGE- During a visit today to an Anchorage, Alaska neighborhood, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that HUD is awarding $13 million to five Native Alaskan organizations, almost $16.9 million to seven tribal organizations in Washington State, and more than $2.9 million to one tribal organization in Oregon to improve housing and stimulate community development.

The awards - see details below - were part of a national announcement of 61 grants totaling $132 million in Recovery Act funds and came during the Secretary's visit to Anchorage. The Secretary was joined by U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, and other local elected and housing officials.

The Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) and Native American Housing Block Grant (NAHBG)funds being awarded today are provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). These grants will help Native American tribes improve the quality of their housing stock, develop viable communities, promote energy efficiency and create jobs.

"I am proud to announce today that, thanks to the Recovery Act, HUD has invested a half billion dollars in Native American and Alaskan communities across the country, including communities right here in the beautiful State of Alaska," said Secretary Donovan. "As I have seen firsthand today, these funds are already at work in some of the hardest hit communities, creating jobs and revitalizing neighborhoods."

Earlier this year, HUD allocated an additional $255 million in Recovery Act funding to nearly 600 eligible tribes and tribal housing entities. That funding is already being put to work to improve Indian housing. The total Recovery Act investment for housing and community development in Indian Country is nearly $510 million, which includes the formula and competitive awards.

The grants announced today were awarded competitively from two programs, which are awarding grants on a rolling basis:

The Native American Housing Block Grant (NAHBG): $242,250,000 is available for Indian tribes or tribal organizations representing tribes that are eligible to receive Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) funds. These funds can be used to build new housing and purchase land to support new housing construction. They also can be used to rehabilitate existing housing, including large-scale improvements such as new roofs, plumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency. The funding can build infrastructure, including roads and water and sewers facilities, to create suitable living environments. Priority is given to applicants that demonstrate an ability to obligate and expend the funds quickly.

Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG): $10 million is available for Indian tribes or tribal organizations representing tribes that received an ICDBG grant in Fiscal Year 2008. These funds can be used to encourage economic development, including establishing a wide variety of commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. Priority is given to applicants that create job opportunities that will bring economic recovery to tribal communities; and to promote energy efficiency in their projects.

The Recovery Act includes $13.61 billion for projects and programs administered by HUD, nearly 75 percent of which was allocated to state and local recipients only eight days after President Obama signed the Act into law. The remaining 25 percent of funds, including the grants announced today, are currently being awarded through an ongoing competitive grant process. HUD is committed to implementing Recovery Act investments swiftly and effectively as they generate tens of thousands of jobs, modernize homes to make them energy efficient, and help the families and communities hardest hit by the economic crisis.

In addition, Secretary Donovan and HUD are committed to providing the highest level of transparency possible as Recovery Act funds are administered. It is vitally important that the American people are fully aware of how their tax dollars are being spent and can hold their federal leaders accountable. Every dollar of Recovery Act funds HUD spends can be reviewed and tracked at HUD's Recovery Act website. The full text of HUD's funding notices and tracking of future performance of these grants is also available at HUD's Recovery Act website.

The grants are being awarded to the following Alaska, Oregon and Washington recipients:

Grantee

Community

State

Amount

Asa'carsarmiut Tribe

Mountain Village

AK

$2,000,000

AVCP Regional Housing Authority

Bethel

AK

$5,000,000

Metlakatla HA

Metlakatla

AK

$2,000,000

Arctic Village

Arctic Village

AK

$2,000,000

Ketchikan Indian Corporation

Ketchikan

AK

$2,000,000

Siletz Tribe

Siletz

OR

$2,935,000

Colville Housing Authority

Nespelem

WA

$3,000,000

Lummi Housing Authority

Bellingham

WA

$3,000,000

Quinault Housing Authority

Taholah

WA

$2,000,000

Squaxin Island Tribe

Shelton

WA

$1,196,160

Yakama Nation Housing Authority

Wapato

WA

$3,000,000

Port Gamble S Klallam Housing Authority

Kingston

WA

$1,679,763

Puyallup Nation Housing Authority

Tacoma

WA

$3,000,000

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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.

 
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