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Lee Jones
(206) 220-5356
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September 4, 2008


Makah Indian Tribe and the Southern Puget Sound Inter-Tribal Housing Authority each win $300,000 Rural Housing and Economic Development grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steven Preston today competitively awarded $16.9 million to 60 rural housing programs across the country to stimulate economic development, create jobs and produce more affordable housing.

In Washington state, the Makah Indian Tribe at Neah Bay and the Southern Puget Sound Inter-Tribal Housing Authority at Elma each won $300,000 Rural Housing and Economic Development (RHED) grants.

"HUD is deeply invested in promoting affordable housing and community development throughout rural America," said Preston. "These grants will stimulate the kind of employment, economic growth, and housing development that will have a direct impact on working families in our rural communities."

The Makah tribe will use its $300,000 in RHED funds to construct 20 single family homes, and have homeownership counseling and job training for low income persons. Partners include Indian Health Services and the State of Washington and the project is expected to leverage $3,480,000 in other investments.

The Southern Puget Sound Inter-Tribal Housing Authority will use its $300,000 in RHED funds to construct 15 single family homes, create 20 jobs and sponsor a construction apprenticeship program and will benefit from 75 to 90 people on the Shoalwater Bay Indian reservation. Partners include the Washington State Housing Trust Fund and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and the project is expected to leverage $3,690,440 in other investments.

RHED grants help pay for land acquisition, new home construction, housing demolition, infrastructure improvements and construction training. Other possible uses include homeownership and financial counseling; financial assistance to homeowners, businesses and developers; creating microenterprises and small business incubators; and establishing lines of credit or revolving loan pools to benefit the local business community. In addition to the funding announced today, rural communities are expected to generate nearly $59 million from other public and private sources to promote economic development and employment.

Qualified applicants are local rural nonprofit organizations, community development corporations, federally recognized Indian tribes, State housing finance agencies and/or local economic development agencies. RHED grants have provided nearly $223 million, creating/training more than 35,000 jobs, assisting nearly 5,500 businesses and producing 14,000 affordable homes.

Rural communities will use this funding as seed money to pay the start-up costs for housing or economic development projects. These grants will also help organizations to hire and train their staffs, develop strategic plans and acquire office space and other needed facilities.

The following communities won 2008 HUD Rural Housing and Economic Development grants:


State Recipient City Amount
Alaska Organized Village of Kasaan Ketchikan $300,000
Tribal Government of St. Paul Island St. Paul Island $300,000
Alaska Total $600,000
Alabama Collaborative Solutions, Inc. Birmingham $300,000
Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization, Inc Greensboro $300,000
Alabama Total $600,000
Arkansas Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, Inc. Fort Smith $250,344
Arkansas Total $250,344
Arizona Comite de Bien Estar, Inc. San Luis $300,000
Hopi Tribe Kykotamovi $296,800
International Sonoran Desert Alliance Ajo $300,000
Moenkopi Developers Corporation, Inc. Tuba City $298,626
Nogales Community Development Corporation (NCD) Nogales $300,000
White Mountain Apache Housing Authority Whiteriver $300,000
Arizona Total $1,795,426
California Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria Loleta $300,000
Big Pine Paiute Tribe Big Pine $284,968
Bishop Paiute Tribe Bishop $296,410
Karuk Tribe of California Happy Camp $300,000
The Relational Culture Institute Fresno $300,000
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe Bishop $124,000
Tule River Tribal Council Porterville $300,000
California Total $1,905,378
Florida Empowerment Alliance of SW Florida, CDC Immokalee $300,000
Florida Total $300,000
Kentucky Frontier Housing, Inc. Morehead $300,000
Low Income Housing Coalition of East Kentucky, Inc. Prestonsburg $300,000
McCreary County Community Housing Development Corp. Whitley City $300,000
People’s Self-Help Housing, Inc. Vanceburg $300,000
Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation Somerset $300,000
Young Adult Development in Action, Inc. Louisville $300,000
Kentucky Total $1,800,000
Louisiana Louisiana Technical College Tallulah Foundation Tallulah $300,000
Seventh District Pavilion, INC. Crowley $300,000
START Corporation Houma $300,000
Louisiana Total $900,000
Maine Four Directions Development Corporation Orona $299,367
Maine Total $299,367
Minnesota Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Minneapolis $300,000
Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation Detroit Lakes $200,000
Northcountry Cooperative Foundation Minneapolis $250,000
Minnesota Total $750,000
North Carolina Community Developers of Beaufort-Hyde, Inc. Belhaven $210,400
Hollister R.E.A.C.H., Inc. Hollister $299,850
North Carolina Total $510,250
Nebraska Dawson County Area Economic Development Council Cozard $287,724
Nebraska Total $287,724
New Mexico Center of Southwest Culture, Inc. Albuquerque $65,714
Community Area Resource Enterprise Gallup $300,000
Habitat for Humanity of Taos, Inc. Taos $300,000
New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority Albuquerque $300,000
Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority Ohkay Owingeh $300,000
Picuris Pueblo Penasco $300,000
Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation Anthony $300,000
New Mexico Total $1,865,714
Oklahoma Little Dixie Community Action Agency, INC Hugo $300,000
Oklahoma Total $300,000
Oregon Community And Shelter Assistance Corp. Newberg $300,000
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Siletz $299,871
Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority Pendleton $300,000
Oregon Total $899,871
Puerto Rico Ceiba Housing and Economic Development Corporation Ceiba $300,000
Puerto Rico Total $300,000
Rhode Island Woonsocket Neighborhood Develop. Corp. d/b/a NWBRV Woonsocket $300,000
Rhode Island Total $300,000
South Dakota Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing, Inc. Pine Ridge $136,000
The Lakota Funds Kyle $300,000
Thunder Valley CDC Porcupine $299,775
South Dakota Total $735,775
Tennessee Volunteer Housing Development Corporation Morristown $289,864
Tennessee Total $289,864
Texas Community Development Corporation of Brownsville Brownsville $300,000
La Fe Community Development Corporation El Paso $300,000
Texas Total $600,000
Utah Aneth Community Development Corporation Montezuma Creek $299,920
Community Development Corporation of Utah Salt Lake City $300,000
Utah Total $599,920
Washington Makah Indian Tribe Neah Bay $300,000
Southern Puget Sound Inter-Tribal Housing Authority Elma $300,000
Washington Total $600,000
Wisconsin NiiJii Small Business Loan Fund, Inc. Keshena $300,000
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Webster $100,000
Wisconsin Total $400,000
Grand Total $16,889,633
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