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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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Vacancy Announcement- Grants Management Specialist, GS 9-12

Location: Chicago, IL

Open: June 30, 2022
Close: July 14, 2022

As a Grants Management Specialist, you will:

  • Act as a government technical monitor and participates in government technical evaluation panels and pre-proposal conferences. Responsible for a narrow scope of contracting activities and/or assisting the GTR in monitoring cost, schedule and performance parameters for assigned ONAP contracts.
  • Participate in the preparation of cost estimates, statements of work, reporting requirements, proposal instructions and evaluation 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.

Apply Here


EXTENSION: Build America, Buy America Request for Information

HUD is extending the due date for comments to July 15th for the Request for Information (RFI) regarding the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA). As a reminder, HUD is seeking public input on BABA, and is posing 12 questions for feedback.  This RFI is not a substitute for Tribal consultation.  HUD intends to conduct Tribal consultation on this new BABA requirement at a later date.  Rather, this request is an additional opportunity for you to provide feedback on how HUD should implement BABA.  HUD will use Tribal feedback to inform its implementation of BABA. The Federal Register Notice can be accessed here. Comments can be submitted to regulations.gov here.


Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee

Reopening Request for Nominations HUD has published a Federal Register Notice reopening its request for Tribal nominations to its Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC). The Notice sets out the required criteria for nominees. Previously submitted nominations do not need to be re-submitted. Nominations are due by July 28, 2022, which can be submitted through regulations.gov here.


Vacancy Announcement- Grants Evaluation Specialist, GS 11-12

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

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Open: June 24, 2022
Close: July 8, 2022

As a Grants Evaluation Specialist, you will:

  • Be responsible for ensuring 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.
  • Be responsible for maintaining relevant data base systems and data integrity, developing resolutions to complex problems, identifying and tracking trends, and providing recommendations for resource allocations as well as programs, solutions, and processes to be reviewed for effectiveness.
  • Engage in all associated aspects of local grant 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 grant evaluation program policies and procedures.

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Tribal Digital Equity Grant Opportunity

Tribes who wish to have the opportunity to participate in the Tribal Digital Equity grant opportunity must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by July 12 to NTIA.  This letter of intent will give you time to research the funding opportunity and do access the planning funds to work on developing an application submission for funding.  If you miss the LOI deadline you will not be able to apply for funding under the Notice of Funding Opportunity

Webinar and PDF Slides:

Internet for All Webinar Series - Tribal Engagement Webinar | BroadbandUSA (doc.gov)

Tribal-Engagement-BIL-Slides.pdf (doc.gov)

Digital Equity Act Program Page:

Digital Equity Programs | BroadbandUSA (doc.gov)


IHBG CARES: Addressing Family and Individuals’ Needs- Presented June 13, 2022

View Handouts and Presentation


Program Guidance 2022-01- Income Limits for the IHBG program under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA)

This guidance replaces Program Guidance 2021-01 and provides the latest Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Income Limits applicable to the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program.


Notice PIH 2022-15: Federal Financial Report – Standard Form 425

This notice provides updated information to Indian tribes, tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs), and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) on the reporting requirements for the Federal Financial Report (FFR) - Standard Form 425 (SF-425). This notice supersedes Program Guidance 2014-07 and 2015-04, as well as any conflicting guidance with respect to SF-425 forms in all, applicable program Notices and applicable program NOFOs.  

Effective Immediately - starting with the period ending 06/30/2022, for the most part, grantees will only submit one SF-425 per open grant at the end of the grantee’s program/fiscal year.  Exception: Grantees approved to invest IHBG formula program funds will continue to submit quarterly SF-425s on IHBG formula grants (55IT/IH) whether you are actively investing or not.  ROSS grants will continue to follow the current reporting schedule.  Please contact ROSS-PIH@hud.gov with any questions related to ROSS financial reporting.

IMPORTANT:  To the extent the terms and conditions of the Federal award (i.e., the Funding Approval/Agreement—Form HUD 52734-A or B, the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), or the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)) require a frequency of SF-425 submissions that conflicts with the provisions of Notice PIH 2022-15, ONAP intends to refrain from enforcing those conflicting terms and conditions of the Federal award SF-425 submission requirements if the grantee follows the requirements of Notice PIH 2022-15.


Notice PIH 2022-16: Total Development Cost (TDC) for Affordable Housing Under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA)


Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Tribal Playbook: A roadmap for delivering opportunity and investments in Indian Country

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) provides more than $13 billion in funding to directly support Tribal communities and makes Tribes eligible to apply for or request billions in discretionary, formula, and other funding. In total, this funding represents the single largest investment in Tribal infrastructure ever. This funding will deploy record investments to provide affordable high-speed internet, safer roads and bridges, modern wastewater and sanitation systems, clean drinking water, reliable and affordable electricity, and good paying jobs in every Tribal community. To help Tribal applicants navigate the full range of funds both available to Tribal Nations and set aside for their communities, this playbook provides an overview of the “what, when, where, and how” to apply for funds.


Advancing Equity through the American Rescue Plan 

On May 24, 2022, the White House released, Advancing Equity through the American Rescue Plan, a report that highlights how the Biden-Harris Administration is approaching the equitable implementation of the landmark American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). It highlights 32 programs that are helping to spur an equitable recovery, including ONAP programs.  The report provides a pathway for further actions toward ensuring Federal programs and services advance equity and support for underserved communities.  ARP included historic funding in response to the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that included $32 billion to Tribal governments and communities, including $750 million that ONAP administers to address housing needs and  imminent threats to health and safety related to the pandemic among Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  Details on ONAP programs can be found on page 37 and pages 185-189. 


FY 2023 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) 2023 and to transmit the forms required for correcting the FY 2023 IHBG formula data and the FY 2024 IHBG Needs data.  HUD is posting the following information on-line at: https://ihbgformula.com/fy2023/:

  • FY 2023 Formula Response Form (FRF) including the FY 2023 FRF Appendices A through D and the FY 2024 IHBG Needs Data (Attachment A).
  •  Calendar of Critical Deadlines and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • FY 2023 Correction/Challenge Log showing changes to the IHBG database between April 16, 2022, and May 18, 2022.

Tribes/TDHEs must review their data on the FY 2023 Formula Response Form and report any changes no later than August 1, 2022, to the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center.  Census Challenges for the FY 2024 IHBG Needs data must be submitted no later than March 30, 2023, for consideration for the FY 2024 IHBG formula allocation estimates.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Environmental Review Process Webinar


Build America, Buy America Request for Information

HUD has published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register regarding the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA).  BABA was enacted as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58) and established a domestic content procurement preference for infrastructure projects, including projects funded under HUD programs.  HUD is seeking public input on BABA, and is posing 12 questions for feedback.  This RFI is not a substitute for Tribal consultation.  HUD intends to conduct Tribal consultation on this new BABA requirement at a later date.  Rather, this request is an additional opportunity for you to provide feedback on how HUD should implement BABA.  HUD will use Tribal feedback to inform its implementation of BABA.  The RFI and instructions on how to submit comments to HUD can be accessed here. Comments are due by July 1, 2022.

Note: HUD previously issued a Tribal waiver that delayed the date by which Tribes, TDHEs, and Tribal entities that are recipients of HUD Federal financial assistance are required to comply with BABA requirements until at least May of 2023 to allow HUD time to conduct Tribal consultation.


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.


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


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


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


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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