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Visit ONAP's COVID-19 Recovery Programs webpage to view Waivers, Program Notices and Guidance and Training Materials related to IHBG-CARES, ICDBG-CARES, IHBG-ARP and ICDBG-ARP.

The Office of Native American Programs is working tirelessly to support all of our Tribal housing partners as we deal with the impact of COVID-19 as a Nation.  The safety and security of Native American families, Tribal housing staff, and all in Indian Country is our top priority. For more information and resources related to COVID-19, please visit: www.hud.gov/coronavirus


Section 184/184A Home Loan Guarantee Newly Published Resources

Dear Lender Letter 2022-04- The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to update the maximum loan limits for the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184) program and Section 184A Native Hawaiian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184A) program.

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Dear Lender Letter 2022-03- The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to amend some of the review and re-review requirements in DLL 2022-01 and to make a technical update to the First Legal Action and Reasonable Diligence time frames for Borrowers exiting a COVID-19 Forbearance.

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A  full listing of Dear Lender Letters can be found at: OLG Dear Lender Letters.  For any questions about these resources, please contact the Office of Loan Guarantee at OLGINFO@hud.gov


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FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinator grant program

ROSS-SC is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing to make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing educational, professional, and health barriers. Applications are submitted through grants.gov and due July 18, 2022. For more information, please see the FY 2022 ROSS website.


Vacancy Announcement-  Grants Evaluation Specialist GS-11/12

Term Appointment - not to exceed one year and one day, may be extended for a total of up to four years

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Open: May 20, 2022
Closes: June 3, 2022

As a Grants Evaluation Specialist, you will:

  • Ensure compliance of program grant recipients to HUD requirements through on-site monitoring, fiscal audit tracking, and coordination of training and technical assistance for local clients.
  • Maintain relevant data base systems and data integrity, develop resolutions to complex problems, identify and track trends, and provide recommendations for resource allocations as well as programs, solutions, and processes to be reviewed for effectiveness.
  • Engage in all associated aspects of local grants evaluation activities including planning, policy and program guidance, risk assessment, on-site and remote monitoring, periodic report reviews, audit tracking and finding clearance, technical assistance and training, and initiation of enforcement actions.
  • Implement national policies, standards, procedures and guidelines with regard to the monitoring and evaluation of all applicable programs.
  • Provide guidance to Indian tribes and Tribally-Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) regarding the interpretation and application of grants evaluation program policies and procedures.

Apply Now


Vacancy Announcement-  Grants Evaluation Specialist GS-12

Location: Chicago, IL

Open: May 20, 2022
Closes: June 2, 2022

As a/an Grants Evaluation Specialist, you will:

  • Ensure compliance of program grant recipients to HUD requirements through on-site monitoring, fiscal audit tracking, and coordination of training and technical assistance for local clients.
  • Maintain relevant data base systems and data integrity, develop resolutions to complex problems, identify and track trends, and provide recommendations for resource allocations as well as programs, solutions, and processes to be reviewed for effectiveness.
  • Engage in all associated aspects of local grants evaluation activities including planning, policy and program guidance, risk assessment, on-site and remote monitoring, periodic report reviews, audit tracking and finding clearance, technical assistance and training, and initiation of enforcement actions.
  • Provide guidance to Indian tribes and Tribally-Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) regarding the interpretation and application of grants evaluation program policies and procedures.

Apply Now


Vacancy Announcement-  Supervisory Loan Guarantee Specialist- GS14

Location: Washington, DC

Open: May 17, 2022
Closes: May 30, 2022

As a/an Supervisory Loan Guarantee Specialist, you will:

  • Administer staff requirements and procedures, administer work assignments, establish and interpret office policies, facilitate intra-office coordination and manage all administrative support to technical staff within the office.
  • Supervise, monitor and evaluate subordinate positions; facilitate planning, coordination and scheduling for completion of work; manage work assignments to subordinates, evaluate performance, equipment resources, staff training and travel schedules ; and ensure that the agency's administrative procedures meet HUD requirements.
  • Manage OLG personnel actions that include developing crediting plans; implementing the EPPES process; preparing processing award criteria and other personnel matters.
  • Work closely with the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Administrative Services and Management Division to ensure that OLG plans conform to the overall Federal and departmental policies and procedures.

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Notice of Reallocation of Unaccepted Indian Housing Block Grant American Rescue Plan Act (IHBG-ARP) Funds to the Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent Threat – American Rescue Plan Act (ICDBG-ARP) Program 

Per Notice PIH-2022-13, published on May 6, 2022, the deadline for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities to submit their Abbreviated Indian Housing Plan (AIHP) to receive their IHBG-ARP grant funding is July 5, 2022. Any IHBG-ARP funds that have not been accepted by this date will be reallocated from the IHBG-ARP program to the ICDBG-ARP program, in accordance with Section 11003(a)(1)(F) of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Reallocated funds will be used to fund additional approved ICDBG-ARP applications, as described in PIH Notice 2021-22, ICDBG-ARP Implementation Notice.  Review the Notice in its entirety here.


HUD Seeking Nominations for Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is moving forward with the next step in establishing the Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC) and has  published a Federal Register Notice (FR-6289-N-02) that formally establishes the TIAC.

The Notice invites Tribes to nominate Tribal representatives to serve on the TIAC. Nominees must meet the criteria described in the Notice and nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2022. To submit a nomination, please go to Regulations.gov and press the blue Comments button. You can either upload a document or type a comment in the box that appears.  Read the Dear Tribal Leader in its entirety here.  FAQs published here


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Affordable Connectivity Program Provides Monthly Subsidy for Internet Service


Launch of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) Simplified Filing Portal

Please join the White House, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Code for America, state, local, tribal, and territorial leaders, and non-profit, faith-based, and philanthropic organizations for the launch of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) simplified filing portal, an online tool that will help families access thousands of dollars made possible by the American Rescue Plan.

During the convening, you will hear from American Rescue Plan Coordinator Gene Sperling, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Julie Rodriguez, officials from the U.S. Department of Treasury, Code for America CEO Amanda Renteria, and other state, local and non-profit leaders. You will see a demo of the 2022 CTC simplified filing portal (GETCTC.ORG), learn how it works, and hear best practices on effective outreach to eligible families.

  • What: Virtual convening launching the 2022 CTC simplified filing portal and sharing effective outreach strategies
  • When: Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00 PM ET
  • Who: Workshop for State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Government Teams, community-based organizations, national non-profits, faith based organizations and philanthropy

Registration Link: https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_PfwQ9xzgRCGOnV24Fdt-Ug


Process for Amending ICDBG-CARES and ICDBG-ARP Grants

On April 27, 2022, HUD published Notice PIH 2022-12.  The purpose of this notice is to provide Indian Community Development Block GrantImminent Threat Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (ICDBG-CARES) and Indian Community Development Block Grant-Imminent Threat American Rescue Plan Act (ICDBG-ARP) grantees with instructions on how to request amendments to their existing grants. This notice establishes the amendment process for ICDBG-ARP grants and modifies the amendment process for ICDBG-CARES grants, replacing PIH Notice 2021-06 “Process for Amending ICDBG-CARES Grants”.


HUD Issues One-Year Waiver for Tribes for BABA 

The Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act was enacted as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Pub. L. 117-58, in November 2021. The Act requires that for all Federal financial assistance for infrastructure obligated by Federal agencies after May 14, 2022, any iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in a project must be produced in the United States.  Please note that this requirement is applicable to all Federal financial assistance—whether or not funded through IIJA—where funds are appropriated or otherwise made available and used for a project for infrastructure. 

On April 28, 2022, OMB issued guidance to Federal agencies on how to implement this new requirement.  OMB noted in its guidance that before applying a Buy America preference to a covered program that will affect Tribal communities, Federal agencies should follow the consultation policies established through Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, and consistent with policies set forth in the Presidential Memorandum of January 26, 2021, on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-Nation Relationships.  

To allow HUD time to conduct Tribal consultation, HUD issued a General Applicability Waiver of BABA provisions as applied to Tribal recipients of HUD Federal financial assistance.  The waiver is effective as of May 14, 2022, and will remain in effect for all Federal financial assistance for infrastructure projects obligated to Tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs)s, and other Tribal organizations for one year, or until HUD publishes a notice extending the waiver or a final notice confirming the completion of HUD’s Tribal consultation process and announcing the termination of this general applicability waiver.  This will allow HUD sufficient time to conduct Tribal consultation.  

HUD anticipates that this will primarily impact infrastructure projects funded under HUD programs, e.g., ICDBG-assisted infrastructure projects. Projects consisting solely of the purchase, construction, or improvement of a private home for personal use, for example, would not constitute an infrastructure project that is subject to BABA requirements. 

HUD will be providing more details on any Tribal consultation sessions in the near future and may conduct Tribal consultation in coordination with other Federal agencies that provide funding for Tribal infrastructure projects.  

HUD’s BABA website can be found here

The Tribal BABA waiver can be found here


Treasury’s ERA Reporting page for Tribes, TDHEs, and DHHL


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Tribal Consultation on HUD's Proposed Regulatory Changes to Rules on Equal Participation of Faith-Based Organizations in HUD Programs


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- ONAP ARP Recovery Training and Technical Assistance Initiative


Tribal HUD-VASH Renewal Notice PublishedNotice PIH 2022-08

Procedural Guidance for Tribal Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) FY 2022 Renewal Grant Application

This notice announces renewal requirements for the original 26 Tribal HUD-VASH recipients awarded in 2015, and five (5) Tribal HUD-VASH Round I Expansion recipients awarded in 2021.  Pursuant to the authority provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, P.L. 116-94 (“Appropriations Acts”) and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“Appropriations Act”) P. L. 116-260 (“Appropriations Act”), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will renew rental assistance and associated administrative fees to all eligible Tribal HUD-VASH recipients, provided they meet applicable program requirements.

View Notice

Tribal HUD-VASH Leasing Performance Report


HUD Announces FY2021 Youth Homeless Demonstration Program (YHDP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY2021 Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is now available. YHDP is an initiative designed to address systemic responses to youth homelessness and significantly reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. Through this NOFO, HUD will award approximately $72 million in up to 25 participating communities, with a priority for communities with substantial rural populations in up to eight locations. HUD strongly encourages all communities to consider applying.   

See the full Press Release.  The YHDP NOFO is posted on HUD’s website . Additional information related to the NOFO will be available soon on the YHDP page on HUD’s website. 

View the YHDP NOFO

Submission Deadline: June 28, 2022 

  • YHDP is an initiative designed to address systemic responses to youth homelessness and significantly reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness in up to 25 participating communities.  
  • HUD strongly encourages all communities to consider applying. Applications must be submitted through grants.gov (not through e-snaps).   
  • This Application is for your community’s participation in the initiative only. Project funding applications will only be submitted by communities selected to participate.  
  • This Application must be submitted by a community’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Collaborative Applicant but should be co-developed with a broad array of community partners, including a youth action board, a state or local child welfare agency, youth homelessness housing, and service providers, local schools districts, community health organizations, workforce development organizations, law enforcement, judges, corrections, and more. 
  •  Youth leadership is a critical component of the YHDP.  Communities are required to establish a Youth Action Board to guide the Coordinated Community Plan and YHDP project design development.
  • American Indian, Alaska Native tribal governments and organizations may be eligible to receive project funding under this NOFO.  HUD is holding a webinar specifically focused on opportunities for tribal governments and other organizations work with tribal governments and stakeholders for further information on how Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities can be recipients of YHDP funds.  Please note that this webinar will not duplicate information from the general 2021 YHDP NOFO webinar; HUD encourages attending both if possible.  See below for webinar details.  

Links to the NOFO and additional resources are located on the YHDP page.  Technical Assistance documents on YHDP are located on the YHDP HUD Exchange page.


The Internal Revenue Service Publishes Updated FAQs and Factsheets on COVID Relief Payments 

The Internal Revenue Service recently published updated FAQs and Factsheets on the tax treatment of various COVID Relief payments received by individuals  which can be found here. Please take some time to review these FAQs and Factsheets in their entirety, as there are quite a few questions specific to the tax treatment of the Treasury Department’s Homeowner Assistance Fund, Emergency Rental Assistance program, and other COVID Relief Fund Assistance.  These FAQs and Factsheets may be helpful to Tribes and TDHEs as they calculate the incomes of families assisted under ONAP’s various programs.  Tribes and TDHEs should talk to their Area ONAP representative if they have questions about how these payments should be treated for purposes of calculating annual income under ONAP programs. 


Fiscal Year 2023 President’s Budget and HUD Strategic Plan Released

On March 28, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration submitted to Congress the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2023. The President’s Budget requests $71.9 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The Budget In Brief can be found here. ONAP’s programs can be found on pages 9 and 12.

Also, HUD’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022-2026 has been released. The Strategic Plan can be found here.


Regional Roundtables Engage Tribal Leaders and Discuss Housing Issues in Indian Country

Consistent with President Biden’s Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships, one of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) top priorities is to provide regular and robust engagement with Tribal leaders while ensuring that HUD is effectively delivering on its mission to provide housing resources to Indian Country. In the fall of 2021, Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman represented the Federal Government in six regional roundtables to engage Tribal leaders and to discuss housing issues in Indian Country and their Tribal Nations. The six regional roundtables were held in October, November, and December 2021. View Summary Report


HUD Announces Nearly $70 Million to Deliver Equitable COVID-19 Relief to 49 Tribal Communities

Today’s Announcement Brings Total ICDBG-ARP Awards to Nearly $280 Million Across 240 Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the award of nearly $70 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan (ICDBG-ARP) grants to 49 Tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This fourth round of ICDBG-ARP awards underscores HUD and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to delivering equitable relief to Tribal communities.

A breakdown of the awards by recipients is available here.

“With these new grants, HUD continues to deliver equitable relief to Tribal communities,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman. “Tribes have experienced years of underinvestment and face significant backlogs of unmet needs, and these funds show what is possible when Tribes are provided with additional resources. HUD and the Biden-Harris Administration remain committed to strengthening relations with Tribal nations to ensure that all communities are securing the opportunity of a healthy home and community.”

These ICDBG-ARP funds will help Tribes protect the health and safety of their communities. These funds especially benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families and aim to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic through funding eligible activities such as housing construction and rehabilitation, and water infrastructure.

HUD staff announced the ICDBG-ARP round 4 awards during a press briefing on the one-year anniversary of the American Rescue Plan.

With today’s awards, HUD has now awarded nearly $280 million in ICDBG-ARP grants across 240 Tribes. Today’s announcement follows HUD’s previous awards of $83 million in ICDBG-ARP grants to 74 Tribal communities in January 2022, $52 million in ICDBG-ARP grants to 49 Tribal communities in December 2021, and $74 million in ICDBG-ARP grants to 68 Tribal communities in November 2021. The American Rescue Plan included a total of $280 million for the Indian Community Block Grant program.

HUD and the Biden-Harris Administration have prioritized delivering equitable COVID-19 relief to Tribal communities. The American Rescue Plan Act equipped $750 million in HUD resources to Indian County to support the continuing relief towards the impacts of COVID-19. In 2021, HUD made a historic $450 million investment in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG-ARP) to Indian tribes across the country to respond to the pandemic. The Department also invested $5 million in COVID-19 relief for Native Hawaiians.

These awards, along with future grants and opportunities, underscore HUD and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to meeting and prioritizing the needs of Native communities.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter - Introducing ONAP’s new Tribal Climate Resilience and Adaptation Website

ONAP has created a Tribal climate resilience and adaptation website specifically for Tribes. The site pulls together tools and resources that are tailored to Tribes, including maps, data sets, and adaptation plans. It also includes information on Federal funding that supports Tribes addressing climate change, as well as case studies. As a reminder, technical assistance is available to achieve your climate planning and adaptation activities. Please reach out to your Area ONAP Office to submit your request.


First Edition of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook are now available 

On February 1st, the White House published a statement announcing the first edition of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Guidebook for state, local, tribal and territorial governments. This document is a great reference tool for tribes to navigate all of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s funding opportunities. You can read more about resources related to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law at www.whitehouse.gov/build/


Regulatory and Administrative Requirement Flexibilities Available to Native American Programs During CY 2022 and CY 2023 to Tribal Grantees To Assist With Recovery and Relief Efforts on Behalf of Families Affected by Presidentially Declared Disasters

This notification advises the public of waivers and flexibilities from HUD requirements for its Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG), Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG), and Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG) grantees located in areas that are covered by Presidentially Declared Disasters (PDDs).


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Introducing GEMS—A Streamlined Approach to Grant Administration


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- IHBG-CARES and IHBG-ARP Expenditures

Did you know that you can request technical assistance for your ARP projects?  Are you looking for innovative approaches to spend your funds or complete a project? Please reach out to your Area ONAP to request ARP technical assistance.  


Technical Assistance available for Tribes and TDHEs administering Emergency Rental Assistance 

HUD is pleased to announce that, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Treasury, we have made awards to technical assistance providers that can provide support to Emergency Rental Assistance grantees that would like assistance.  Technical assistance can be provided to help Tribes and TDHEs with the design and administration of their ERA program. 

If you have a need for technical assistance, please send an email to your Area ONAP Technical Assistance contact with your contact information, and topic areas where you may need additional support.  HUD will review all requests and work to provide you with support, subject to the availability of funds.  We will also work to make best practices available to you so that you can learn from the promising practices and policies of other ERA grantees.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Taking Action to Prevent Evictions

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued a statement calling on state and local jurisdictions to take every action they can to safeguard their most vulnerable residents – and calling on every landlord, every housing owner, and every partner that receives HUD’s support to do all they can to help protect vulnerable renters in their communities. View DTL Letter


 

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