Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced today at the White House the availability of nearly $1 billion in U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) grants to expand broadband access and adoption on Tribal land. Continue reading.
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What's New on ONAP's COVID-19 Recovery Programs
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.
CDC Eviction Moratorium (No longer in effect)
If you or a family member are in need of rental assistance, please visit the U.S. Department of Treasury's Emergency Rental Assistance webpage located here to apply for assistance in your area.
Take Action Now to Avoid Eviction:
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
Section 184 Program Open for Fiscal Year 2022
On August 17, 2021, ONAP issued Dear Lender Letter 2021-08, which informed Lenders and other stakeholders that the Section 184 Indian Home Loan (Section 184) program would begin the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 financial closeout beginning on September 20, 2021.
The FY 2021 closeout process is now complete. We are pleased to announce that on October 12, 2021, ONAP opened the Section 184 program for FY 2022 and is processing requests for case numbers, cohort numbers, and loan guarantee certificates. Any requests received during the closeout period will be prioritized by the date of request – with the oldest request being processed first.
The Section 184 program brings the dream of homeownership to thousands of Native American families annually. We look forward to seeing all of the good that this program will do this year.
Dear Lender Letter 2021-11- Extension of COVID-19 Forbearance for the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184) and Section 184A Native Hawaiian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184A) programs.
Vacancy Announcement- Grants Evaluation Specialist- GS-9/11/12
- Phoenix, AZ
Open: January 12, 2022
Closes: January 25, 2022
As a/an Grants Evaluation Specialist, you will:
- 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.
- Participate as individual or member of functional team to conduct targeted compliance assessments of specific TDHEs using diagnosis, problem analysis and resolution, and follow-up.
- Provide technical assistance to TDHEs by responding to inquiries, disseminating relevant information, identifying needs, and assisting in the development of tailored packages to address those needs.
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).
HUD is seeking Tribal feedback on the Department's FY2022-2026 Strategic Plan. Comments for specific focus areas are due by January 28, 2022.
Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Introducing GEMS—A Streamlined Approach to Grant Administration
Vacancy Announcement- Supervisory Grants Management Specialist- GS-14
- Albuquerque, NM
Open: January 3, 2022
Closes: January 17, 2022
As a Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, you will:
- Plan and supervise the technical functions and administrative duties of the AO Grants Management Specialists. Monitor and evaluate performance of AD Grants Management Division personnel.
- Direct AO Grants Management Division in the implementation of national policies, standards, procedures and guidelines with regard to the administration of all applicable programs. Provide guidance to AO Grants Management Specialists, Indian tribes and TDHEs regarding the interpretation and application of program policies and Procedures. Study problems relating to the AO implementation of applicable programs and prepares reports concerning problem areas to the National and Program Offices in order to influence the development of national policies, procedures and guidelines. Make necessary decisions in coordination with the OGM Director and consultation with the AO Administrator.
- Assists in the development of comprehensive training and technical assistance programs in coordination with the National Training/TA Coordinator and the OGM. Conducts and/or participates in formal training programs for AO personnel, Indian tribes, and TDHEs, as appropriate.
- Represent ONAP in meetings with HUD Field Offices with regards to the administration of applicable programs. Meet with Indian tribes, TDHEs, and others to explain issues regarding the administration of applicable programs.
- Act as a government technical monitor and participate in government technical evaluation panels and pre-proposal conferences. Responsible for narrow scope of contracting activities and/or assisting the GTR in monitoring cost, scheduled and performance parameters for assigned ONAP contracts. Participate in the preparation of cost estimates, statements of work, reporting requirements, proposal instructions and evaluations criteria. Conduct market research and provides advice on any matters concerning solicitation and the reasonable need for proposed costs. Assist GTR in obtaining necessary approvals and clearances.
Vacancy Announcement- Administrator Advisor- GS-13
- Chicago, IL
Open: January 3, 2022
Closes: January 17, 2022
As an Administrator Advisor, you will:
- Provide extensive integration and coordination of applicable programs through frequent contact and discussions with the AD Division Directors, the National Office of Government Ethics and OOM Directions, and the AO Administrator. Advises AO Administrator and staff on cross-cutting issues relating to policy development, performance oversight, compliance assurance, technical assistance coordination and program implementation for tribes, tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) and other client groups under AO jurisdiction.
- Conduct in-depth analysis of program functions, and proposed statutes and regulations for special projects assigned by AO Administrator. Incumbent prepares, develops. or interprets special procedures, guidelines and formats that affect a wide range of AO activities.
- Resolve complex, cross-cutting administrative and technical issues by interpreting and applying new and existing policy and procedural instructions issued by Headquarters to program staff tribes and TDHEs.
- Prepare policy letters and/or position papers for the Administrator and review all policy guidance for consistency with regulations, statues; and coordinates all policies for overall consistency. In many instances issues are extremely controversial and sensitive in nature and incumbent must use judgment in cases without precedence.
- Plan and conduct outreach to the public and client groups, including Tribal representatives and TDHEs participating in HOD programs. Conducts discussions on program mission, activities, and issues with program recipients to strengthen relationships with ONAP partners and improve the efficiency of ONAP program operations.
Dear Tribal Leader Letter- IHBG-CARES and IHBG-ARP Expenditures
Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Tribal Consultation on FY 2022 CoC Program Competition and Funding Opportunities
Press Release- HUD Announces More than $52 Million to Deliver Equitable COVID-19 Relief to Tribal Communities
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the awarding of more than $52 million in Indian Community Block Grant-American Rescue Plan (ICDBG-ARP) grants to 49 Tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement, made by HUD Deputy Secretary Todman during a speaking engagement at the National American Indian Housing Council’s Legal Symposium, underscores the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to delivering equitable COVID-19 relief to Tribal communities.
A breakdown of the awards by recipient is available here.
These funds to Tribes will help protect the health and safety of their communities, particularly low- and moderate-income individuals and families, by expanding access to safe housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities.
“I’m pleased to announce these robust resources for Tribal communities to meet urgent housing, community, and economic development needs,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman. “The funding HUD is awarding today will support our mission to ensure that every person has the security of a healthy, safe, and resilient home and community. HUD looks forward to ongoing partnerships with Tribal communities to expand equity and opportunity and strengthen nation-to-nation relationships.”
Today’s announcement follows HUD’s awarding of $74 million in ICDBG-ARP grants to 68 Tribal communities in November. The American Rescue Plan included a total of $280 million for the Indian Community Development Block Grant program; HUD will announce additional ICDBG-ARP awards on a rolling basis.
The Department and the Biden-Harris Administration have made delivering equitable COVID-19 relief to Tribal communities a priority. The American Rescue Plan Act provides a total of $750 million dollars in HUD resources to Indian Country to support the continued fight against COVID-19. Earlier this year, HUD made a historic $450 million investment in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG-ARP) to Indian tribes across the country to respond to COVID-19. The Department also invested $5 million in COVID-19 relief for Native Hawaiians.
HUD and the Biden-Harris Administration remain committed to meeting and prioritizing the needs of Native communities.
Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Training Sessions – Tribal Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) Expansion Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) will host a training webinar to review the NOFO and the application process, as well as address your questions. It will be held December 7-8, 2021, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. ET.
To participate in the training webinars, please complete the following steps for each session:
Day 1 – December 7, 2021
The webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET; you may join the webinar 10 minutes prior. To join the webinar, click: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/841672 Follow the prompts to connect audio by computer or telephone. To join via phone only: Dial 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694, Access Code 7696837#
Day 2 – December 8, 2021
The webinar begins at 1:00 p.m. ET; you may join the webinar 10 minutes prior. To join the webinar, click: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/841673 Follow the prompts to connect audio by computer or telephone. To join via phone only: Dial 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694, Access Code 2147409#
ONAP will post NOFO training materials and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Codetalk (www.hud.gov/codetalk).
Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Tribal Consultation on the Impact of Proposed Changes to the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program Regulations
The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intends to undertake rulemaking in order to revise the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and related Section 108 loan guarantee program regulations to make it easier for recipients to promote economic development and recovery in Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) communities and to support investments in underserved areas.
As part of HUD’s commitment to its Tribal Consultation Policy and the government-to-government relationship with Tribes, HUD is seeking Tribal feedback on the impacts of the proposed changes.As part of HUD’s commitment to its Tribal Consultation Policy and the government-to-government relationship with Tribes, HUD is seeking Tribal feedback on the impacts of the proposed changes. Select the link above or click here to view the DTLL.
HUD Announces Formation of Tribal Advisory Committee
HUD is pleased to announce the formation of its first Tribal Advisory Committee – the HUD Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC).
TIAC will be made up of a standing group of Tribal leaders who will advise HUD on housing policy and other matters that impact Indian Country.
This week, HUD published a Notice in the Federal Register that details the proposed structure of the TIAC and invites the public to provide comments and feedback to HUD. The Notice can be accessed here. Comments must be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov and are due on or before January 14, 2022.
ONAP strongly encourages you to provide feedback to the Department on TIAC and looks forward to inviting Tribal leaders to submit their nominations for membership on the TIAC is the near future. The TIAC will give Tribal leaders a greater voice and will help ensure that the Department lives up to its duties and upholds its trust responsibility to Tribal Nations.
Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Tribal Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) Expansion Program – Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Published
Statement from Secretary Marcia L. Fudge on the Descendants of Freedmen- View Here
October 14, 2021- The Office of Native American Programs published frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist potential recipients with the application process. To view the FAQs, select the above link or visit ONAP's Indian Community Development Block Grant website for the latest information specific to the FY2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity application process and access recordings of the September 21-22, 2021, FY2021 ICDBG NOFO training (Part-1 and Part-2).
This notice provides updated information to Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) on the process for requesting an advance on Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) formula funds, or interim funding, while under a Continuing Resolution (CR). View entire notice.
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.
HUD Awards $4.4 Million to 28 Tribes to Provide Rental Assistance to Native American Veterans
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has awarded $4.4 million in Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) grants to 28 Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs). This includes $1.0 million in expansion grants that will help house approximately 95 additional Veterans. The expansion grants were awarded to three existing Tribal HUD-VASH grant recipients and two new Tribal HUD-VASH grant recipients, Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority and Fort Hall Housing Authority.
The Tribal HUD-VASH program provides housing and supportive services to Native American Veterans who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness by combining rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the VA.
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
HUD Publishes Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published the FY21 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) – Competitive Grant Program. It announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $95 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 FY21 Consolidated Appropriations Act, HUD will prioritize grant applications that spur housing construction and rehabilitation.
In addition to the IHBG Competitive Grant, the HUD Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) has several funding opportunities open at this time. HUD recognizes the many challenges faced by Tribes and TDHEs during the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency. Therefore, HUD is providing a longer application period for the IHBG Competitive Grant to allow applicants additional time to develop and submit applications, as well as coordinate and maximize funding opportunities. Therefore, applicants will have until 11:59:59 PM EST on December 1, 2021, to submit applications.
Visit Grants.gov for additional information
Department of Commerce’s NTIA Announces Nearly $1 Billion in Funding to Expand Broadband on Tribal Land
I am writing to provide important information on your Tribe’s Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) formula allocation estimate for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is regulatorily required to provide this information annually to all IHBG eligible Indian Tribes and their Tribally designated housing entities (TDHE). In the past, HUD would mail this information. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD is posting the following information on-line at: https://ihbgformula.com/fy2022/
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FY 2022 Indian Housing Block Grant Formula Allocation Estimates
The purpose of this Dear Tribal Leader letter is to inform Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE) of their Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) formula allocation estimate for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and to transmit the forms required for correcting the FY 2022 IHBG formula data and the FY 2023 IHBG Needs data. In the past, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would mail this information. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD is posting the following information on-line at: https://ihbgformula.com/fy2022/:
- FY 2022 Formula Response Form (FRF) including the FY 2022 FRF Appendices A through D and the FY 2023 IHBG Needs Data (Attachment A).
- Calendar of Critical Deadlines and Frequently Asked Questions.
- FY 2022 Correction/Challenge Log showing changes to the IHBG database between February 19, 2021, and May 11, 2021.
Tribes/TDHEs must review their data on the FY 2022 Formula Response Form and report any changes no later than August 1, 2021, to the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center. Census Challenges for the FY 2023 IHBG Needs data must be submitted no later than March 30, 2022, for consideration for the FY 2023 IHBG formula allocation estimates.
Questions? Contact the ONAP Web manager.