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HUD PROVIDES $100 MILLION IN CARES ACT FUNDING TO NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES TO SUPPORT CORONAVIRUS RECOVERY EFFORTS

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced that HUD has awarded a total of $100 million to Tribes across the Nation as part of HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent Threat program (ICDBG-CARES). This funding helps address problems that pose an imminent threat to public health or safety of Tribal residents and will be used to help Tribes prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. See list of funding here

“The Trump Administration is committed to helping families throughout Indian Country to access essential resources during the coronavirus outbreak,” said Secretary Carson.

“This $100 million investment will go a long way to help Native Americans persevere during this unprecedented time,” said R. Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

These funds, provided through the CARES Act, support several projects on Tribal lands across the United States, such as:

  • The construction of new rental housing to address overcrowding and homelessness;
  • The construction of water infrastructure, including water wells and water lines;
  • The purchase and renovation of an old clinic facility to facilitate access to testing, diagnosis, and treatment of Tribal members; and
  • The provision of emergency food supplies to geographically isolated communities.

Visit ONAP's COVID-19 Recovery Programs Website to View and Access:

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

ONAP Documents Available at: www.hud.gov/coronavirus

Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG-CARES) and Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG-CARES) Resources

Preventing Homelessness After Eviction Moratoriums Expire (July 31, 2020)

PIH Notice 2020-13: 2nd Waiver Notice (July 2, 2020)

Frequently Asked Questions for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) (June 1, 2020)

ICDBG CARES Implementation Webinar Training Slides (PDF)

Dear Tribal Leader Letter: ICDBG-CARES Implementation Training (May 19, 2020)

Dear Tribal Leader Letter: ICDBG-CARES Implementation Notice (May 15, 2020)

ICDBG-CARES Implementation Notice (May 15, 2020)

Dear Tribal Leader: Publication of IHBG-CARES Implementation Notice (April 22, 2020)

IHBG-CARES Implementation Notice (April 22, 2020)

IHBG CARES Program Guidance (April 22, 2020)

IHBG CARES Formula Allocation by Region (April 2020)

IHBG Cares IHP Form (must check the IHBG CARES box for abbreviated version) (April 22, 2020)

Dear Tribal Leader Letter: Input Requested on ICDBG-CARES Act Grant Ceilings (April 15, 2020)

Dear Tribal Leader Letter: COVID-19 Statutory and Regulatory Waiver Authority (April 14, 2020)

COVID-19 Statutory and Regulatory Waivers for Indian Housing Block Grant and Indian Community Development Block Grant programs (Page 31) (April 10, 2020)

IHBG CARES Formula Allocation Dear Tribal Leader Cover Letter (April 3, 2020)

HUD CARES Act Native American Programs Funding Press Release (April 3, 2020)

Dear Tribal Leader Letter: ONAP Status and Recommendation of Temporary Moratorium on all Evictions and Foreclosures under ONAP Grant Programs (March 25, 2020)​

HUD Guidance on Eligible Uses for Community Development Block Grant Funds to Support COVID-19 Responses (March 16, 2020)

For any questions about these resources, please contact the Office of Native American Programs via CodeTalk@hud.gov


Section 184/184A Home Loan Guarantee Resources

New! Dear Lender Letter 2020-11 - Section 184A Loan Limits

This Dear Lender Letter (DLL) announces a technical correction by the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) to the Section 184A loan limit for properties located in Hawaii County.  This DLL is effective immediately for all Section 184A loans that do not have a 184A cohort number assigned as of September 9, 2020.


Dear Lender Letter 2020-10- Extension of Foreclosure Moratorium and Administrative Flexibilities

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency, HUD is extending the foreclosure and eviction moratorium applicable to the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee program and Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee program through December 31, 2020. HUD is also extending the loan processing flexibilities originally issued in DLL 2020-05, and further extended in DLL 2020-08, through October 31, 2020. For more information, please see Dear Lender Letter 2020-10.

Dear Lender Letter 2020-09- Office of Loan Guarantee Fiscal Year 2020 Year-End Closure

This Dear Lender Letter (DLL) informs stakeholders when HUD will begin its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 financial closeout for loan guarantee programs, including the Section 184 Indian Home Loan program, the Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Home Loan program, and the Title VI Loan Guarantee program.  The financial closeout process will begin on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program

Dear Lender Letter 2020-08 (June 29, 2020)

Dear Lender Letter 2020-07 (June 22, 2020)

Dear Lender Letter 2020-06 (Updated guidance, extension of foreclosure moratorium under the CARES Act; and extension of loan processing related flexibilities.) (May 19, 2020)

Dear Lender Letter-2020-05 (April 9, 2020)

Dear Lender Letter-2020-04 (March 20, 2020)

Dear Lender Letter-2020-03 (March 14, 2020)

Dear Lender Letter-2020-02 (March 16, 2020)

For any questions about these resources, please contact the Office of Loan Guarantee at OLGINFO@hud.gov


NEW! CDC Issues a Nationwide Eviction Moratorium to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 

The Order applies to all tenants in the country who are subject to eviction for nonpayment of rent, including tenants assisted under programs administered by HUD’s Office of Native American Programs, such as the Indian Housing Block Grant program. This Order temporarily halts these evictions from September 4, 2020, through December 31, 2020. Please review this update in its entirety for more details on the applicability of the CDC's nationwide eviction moratorium.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter - Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)-Competitive Grant Program: 1) Corrected Application Package and 2) Training Sessions

The initial Grants.gov posting of the IHBG-Competitive Grant Program NOFA contained an omission error regarding the Certification for Opportunity Zone (OZ) Preference Points. The application package, via correction, now includes the OZ Certification form for applicants to download. Also, for any applicants that started the application process, the OZ Certification form has been removed from the downloadable instructions zip file. All applicants should download a new application package to ensure you are accessing the most recent, updated materials. For further information and to view the changes, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328626

HUD will host two training sessions via webinar for eligible applicants on the IHBG-Competitive Grant Program NOFA. These sessions are being offered to provide multiple opportunities for potential applicants to attend and ask questions. One session will be held September 21st-24th from 12:30-5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and the other session will be held September 29th-October 2nd from 12:30-5:00 p.m. EDT.   Please refer to the agenda for a breakdown of the webinar training topics.


Vacancy Announcement - Native Hawaiian Program Specialist, GS-13, Honolulu, HI

Open: September 9, 2020
Closes: September 28, 2020

As a Native Hawaiian Program Specialist, you will:

  • Implement policies, program standards, procedures and guidelines (e.g. for use by program recipients and lenders) in response to the unique problems and issues related to Hawaiian Home Lands and other Native Hawaiian programs.
  • Formulate guidelines and provide technical advice, guidance, and interpretation of complex policies and procedures regarding the Native Hawaiian loan guarantee programs to program participants, the financial community, and other entities.
  • Respond to inquiries from program participants, identify technical assistance needs, and develop tailored packages (e.g. training packages such as handouts, PowerPoint, samples of completed forms etc.) to address those needs.

  • Respond to inquiries, both written and oral, from members of Congress, public and private interest groups, NHHBG recipients, mortgagors, the financial community as well as GAO reports and IG inquiries regarding the Native Hawaiian program policies and procedures.


Vacancy Announcement- Grants Management Specialist, GS-9/11/12, Anchorage, AK

Open: September 2, 2020
Closes: September 17, 2020

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Act as a government technical monitor and participate in government technical evaluation panels and pre-proposal conferences.
  • Participate in the preparation of cost estimates, statements of work, reporting requirements, proposal instructions and evaluation criteria.
  • Conduct market research and provide advice on any matters concerning solicitation and the reasonable need for proposed costs.
  • Primarily responsible for managing relationships with participating tribally designated housing entities (TDHE), Indian tribes, and others involved in the administration of all applicable programs.

Apply Here


Helping Tenants Access their Economic Impact Payments – Webinar Recording

Nearly 12 million Americans risk missing out on the stimulus payments provided through the recent CARES Act because they don’t file federal taxes or receive certain federal benefits. In order to receive the stimulus payment they must file a form by October 15, 2020 in order to receive it this year, or file a 2020 tax return next year to receive it in 2021. 

This webinar highlights how housing programs can ensure that tenants don’t miss out on this important stimulus payment. The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, includes stimulus payments to help families deal with the economic impacts from the COVID-19 crisis. The payments are designed to be significant — $1,200 per adult ($2,400 for a married couple) and $500 per dependent child. While many families received their stimulus payment many others have missed out and may need assistance in applying for the payment. The webinar provides additional details on how to assist families.

Resources:

FY2022 Census Challenges

If you disagree with the Census data, you may wish to submit a Census challenge no later than March 30, 2021 for the FY 2022 IHBG allocation. If so, please review the guidelines in "Challenging U.S. Census Data: Guidelines for the Indian Housing Block Grant Formula." These guidelines can be found here:
https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/OCHCO/documents/4119Census.pdf.

View Tribal Leader Letter


 

PIH Announces Fiscal Year 2020 Resident Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

The ROSS grant program is designed to assist residents of Public and Indian Housing make progress towards economic and housing self-sufficiency by removing the educational, professional and health barriers they face. To help residents make progress towards self-sufficiency, HUD provides ROSS grant funding to eligible applicants to hire a Service Coordinator who assesses the needs of Public and Indian housing residents and links them to training and supportive services that will enable participants to move along the self-sufficiency continuum. In the case of elderly/disabled residents, the Service Coordinator links them to supportive services which enable them to age/remain in place.

Eligible Applicants are:

  • Public Housing Authorities
  • Tribes/Tribally Designated Housing Entities
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Resident Associations

Individuals are not eligible for ROSS funding.  

Access the FY20 ROSS Program NOFA here

Additional Resources

FY20 ROSS NOFA Frequently Asked Questions

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

General Administrative Requirements and Terms

For Additional Information or Questions- contact the ROSS Office at: ROSS-PIH@hud.gov and for regular updates, join the ROSS Listserv at: ROSS-SC-L@HUDLIST.HUD.GOV


Apply to Join the ConnectHomeUSA Initiative as Part of the 2020 Cohort of Communities

The goal of ConnectHomeUSA is to assist selected communities bring affordable digital resources to their residents. Helping residents connect to the Internet, devices, and training to use them has never been more important. Though HUD does not provide direct funding for this work, communities are assisted through a variety of mechanisms:

  • Technical assistance (ConnectHomeUSA Playbook, monthly webinars (sample here), newsletters, conferences)
  • Office hours for one-on-one assistance with our national nonprofit partner, EveryoneOn
  • Joining a regional community of practice with ConnectHomeUSA sites in your region
  • Resources from stakeholders that have made commitments to support ConnectHomeUSA
  • And more (see below)

The applications period is open from August 11-September 10, 2020


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Announcing the FY20 Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Grant Program NOFA

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the FY20 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) - Competitive Grant Program earlier today.  It announced the availability of approximately $91 million in competitive grants to eligible Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs). This program provides competitive grant funding to Tribes and TDHEs to carry out affordable housing activities for the benefit of low-income Native American families. In accordance with the FY20 Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, projects that will spur housing construction and rehabilitation will be prioritized.

HUD recognizes the many challenges faced by Tribes and TDHEs during the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency. Accordingly, this year, HUD is providing a longer application period than the application period in last year’s competition to allow applicants additional time to develop and submit applications. Therefore, applicants will have until 11:59:59 EST on December 10, 2020, to submit applications via https://www.grants.gov. Apply Here

Continue reading.

View FY20 IHBG NOFA and Related Forms


CPD Notice 20- 07 Guidance on conducting environmental review pursuant to 24 CFR 58 for activities undertaken in response to the public health emergency as a result of COVID-19

The purpose of this Notice is to provide guidance on environmental review processing for activities needed to respond to the public health emergency as a result of COVID-19. This Notice describes types of activities that meet the environmental review exemption at 24 CFR 58.34(a)(10) for improvements necessary to respond to an imminent threat to public safety; it provides the process for using HUD’s expedited public notice and condensed comment periods for environmental reviews during a Presidentially declared disaster or a locally declared emergency; and it includes a Table of Activities that lists examples of the types of activities that are typically needed to address a public health emergency organized by the level of environmental review required. 


HUD Publishes Guidance to Prevent Homelessness After the Eviction Moratorium Expires

On July 24, 2020 the Eviction Moratorium provided under Section 4024 of the CARES Act expired. In response, the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) has drafted a guidance for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) that provides suggestions on how to prevent homelessness after the Eviction Moratorium expires.

While the Eviction Moratorium applied solely to units that were financed under ONAP’s Section 184 and or Title VI loan guarantee, the toolkit provides tips on how to assist families that may be struggling to pay their rent and may be at risk of homelessness.


Temporary Suspension of Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent and Tenant Concerns

For tenants who live in housing units financed under HUD’s Native American loan guarantee programs, evictions for non-payment of rent, and charges/fees for non-payment of rent have been suspended through July 24, 2020. *

What does this mean? During the moratorium period (March 27, 2020 – July 24, 2020), if you reside in a unit that your Tribe or tribally designated housing entity (TDHE) financed under the HUD Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184) program or the Title VI Loan Guarantee (Title VI) program, you should work with your Tribe or TDHE on a plan to address your individual situation. Continue Reading


Environmental Guidance- Tips to Avoid Republication of RROF During COVID-19

This resource provides HUD's 7015.15 Request Release of Funds (RROF) processing reminders to grantees regarding emailing objections, public review of the environmental review record, and emailing the RROF during COVID-19


HUD has determined that it will award the entire $100 million of ICDBG-CARES funds on a first-come, first-serve basis

On March 27, 2020, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included $100 million for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG-CARES) program. Subsequently, HUD published the ICDBG-CARES Implementation Notice (Notice PIH 2020-11) providing instructions on how to apply for ICDBG-CARES funding. The Implementation Notice indicated that the first $80 million of funding would be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis with HUD reserving the right to distribute up to $20 million based on other award criteria.

The response to ICDBG-CARES funding announcement was overwhelming, demonstrating urgent need requiring expediency in response. As such, HUD has determined that it will award the entire $100 million of ICDBG-CARES funds on a first-come, first-serve basis. HUD is proceeding with reviewing and approving ICDBG-CARES applications in accordance with the Implementation Notice.

HUD will continue accepting applications. While we are still accepting applications, we have a universe of applications that if fundable would consume the full $100 million. Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the Implementation and Waiver Notices in their entirety to ensure that a complete application is sent to ICDBGCARES@hud.gov. HUD has worked to streamline the application process as much as possible, while ensuring that all ICDBG-CARES funds will be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19, as required under the CARES Act. The Implementation and Waiver Notices and ICDBG-CARES Implementation Training Slides can be found at: www.hud.gov/coronavirus and www.hud.gov/codetalk.


Federal Communications Commission: Lifeline Webinar and Eligibility Information

Lifeline is the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) program to help make communications services more affordable for eligible consumers. Eligible families and households may receive up to $9.25 off the cost of phone or internet service. Eligible families or households living on federally recognized Tribal Lands* can receive up to $34.25 off the cost of their communications service. Review the following information to learn more:

*Lifeline’s Tribal Lands is defined in 47 CFR §54.400 (e). Go to LifelineSupport.org and select “Tribal Lands” for more information.


Register Today: Health@Home Webinar Series-Summer and Fall 2020

Healthy Housing Rehabilitation Guidelines

Registration is open for the remaining classes in the series. Follow these instructions for registering. 
The Health@Home webinar series consists of four webinars that provide affordable housing rehabilitation specialists and program managers with information on integrating healthy housing techniques into their rehabilitation projects and best practices from practitioners who have successfully implemented these techniques.

This training is intended for affordable housing developers and housing program managers interested in integrating healthy homes and/or energy retrofits with healthy principles in one or more projects.


Dear Executive Directors and Tribal Leaders

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives and livelihoods of people everywhere, and HUD is all too aware that your operations, staff, and the families you serve are no exception.

Life during a pandemic is new to all of us, and we adapt and adopt new ways to operate. Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) around our country are juggling operations and the implementation of evolving guidelines to help keep staff and residents healthy. As you continue to practice new ways of doing business, HUD is here to support you and your organization.

To this end, we offer to you HUD’s COVID-19 Emergency Planning Toolkit to assist with identifying key areas you should consider including in your own planning. Attached you will find the following:

  • COVID-19 Quick Guide: This document provides topics of consideration and information to help you develop strategies to address the impact of the pandemic on your community and stakeholders. It is not an exhaustive or exclusive list of resources. However, it includes online links to HUD’s COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage, along with links to the Federal government’s joint White House, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Coronavirus websites. It also provides a link to HUD’s Public and Indian Housing website, where you will find the latest frequently asked questions and published information. In addition, it includes guidance on engaging your local partners that have a role in COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery and provides you with guidance on addressing the impact this has on your staff and the people you serve.

  • COVID-19 Interaction Playbook for Housing Partners: This presentation highlights promising practices for safe distribution and social distancing that my team learned from your colleagues—PHAs, TDHEs, and industry groups—compliant with CDC guidelines.

  • COVID-19 Guidance for Housing Partners: This flyer summarizes CDC guidance and some of the promising practices for safe distribution and social distancing further discussed in the Interaction Playbook.

  • Coronavirus Prevention: This flyer should be shared with residents to promote CDC guidance to prevent the further spread of the virus.

In addition, I want to point you toward these resources available online:

As many of you are aware, June is the start of Hurricane season. We urge those located in hurricane prone areas to revisit your readiness and preparedness plans and take into consideration COVID-19 and changes that may have been or will be necessary to ensure social distancing at emergency shelters. HUD encourages you to seek additional advice from local emergency management and disaster response agencies and from federal agencies such as CDC and FEMA. 

We recognize these are challenging times filled with uncertainties and hope you find this toolkit helpful. Thank you for your dedication to ensure the health and safety of your staff, residents, and communities.


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