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What's New on ONAP's COVID-19 Recovery Programs

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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

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

Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program

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! Temporary Suspension of Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent and Tenant Concerns (July 1, 2020)

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.

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Section 184/184A Dear Lender Letter 2020-08

The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to inform lenders and servicers of an extension to the foreclosure and related evictions moratoriums originally issued in DLL 2020-04 and extended in DLL 2020-06 for borrowers with Section 184 or Section 184A guaranteed loans for an additional period through August 31, 2020. This DLL also extends loan processing flexibilities related to appraisals, verification of employment and IRS transcripts originally issued in DLL 2020-05 and extended in DLL 2020-06 to August 31, 2020.


Sample ICDBG-CARES Tribal Resolution

The Office of Native American Programs has developed a Sample Tribal Resolution for use to meet the requirements of the ICDBG-CARES Notice (Notice PIH 2020-11). The sample resolution addresses both (1) Tribal organizations that are applying on behalf of an Indian tribe, and (2) Citizen Participation.


Free Webinar Co-hosted by HUD and the FCC on Tuesday, July 7 from 3:00-4:00 PM Eastern

The webinar focuses on FCC’s Lifeline Program and how it might benefit the customers that EnVision Centers serve.  Lifeline is a federal program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. The program lowers the cost of eligible low-income consumers’ phone or internet bills by providing a monthly discount of up to $9.25, and up to $34.25 for residents on Tribal lands. 

There will be a short presentation and time for questions and answers. This webinar will provide an overview of the Lifeline Program including the qualification requirements, application process, benefits to consumers, and ways to get assistance on the application process.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, July 7 at 3:00-4:00 PM EST
  • WHERE: Webinar/ GoToWebinar
  • REGISTRATION: All attendees must register here.​

Lifeline Background Information:


Financial Management Training

Online Virtual

Over the course of 3 days, participants will share their own stories and be introduced to accounting principles and systems, review program income requirements, and cover financial responsibilities associated with tribal housing and preparation for an A-133 audit.
By the end of the session, participants will have improved their knowledge and capabilities in the performance of the finance department functions, gained an overview of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and requirements for tribal housing, and learned transactions and accounting applications relevant to housing.

When: July 7-9, 2020 9:00am-4:00pm CDT

Registration: Registration for this training is FREE, but you must register to attend. Registration is available online at https://bit.ly/VirtualFinMgt.


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:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—http://hud.gov/coronavirusHUD’s website includes up-to-date policy notices, frequently asked questions, and more information tailored to PHAs and to Native Americans.
  • Pandemic Influenza Template—https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/93250This document from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assists organizations to develop a Continuity of Operations Plan and a Pandemic Influenza Annex in response to a pandemic.
  • PHA Disaster Readiness and Preparation Guide—https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/PHADISASTERPREPGUIDE.PDFThis 2016 PIH document describes PHAs’ best practices based on local experience to address emergencies of all kinds.

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.


FY2020 ICDBG Awards Announced- Press Release 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced nearly $120 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) awards to Tribes across the Nation. The ICDBG program provides funding to use in developing American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low- and moderate-income persons.

"President Trump made it clear from the moment he became President, the forgotten men and women of our Nation will be forgotten no more," said Secretary Carson. "Today’s announcement of nearly $120 million in funding to American Indian tribes will provide these communities with safe and affordable housing and advance economic development."

"HUD is committed to helping Native Americans thrive and the funding announced today will have a positive impact on building sustainable communities," said R. Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

These funds, through the ICDBG program, will be used to support 107 projects on Tribal lands across the United States such as:

  • A new drive-thru pharmacy,
  • A new building for the local Boys & Girls Club of America,
  • Repairs to a wastewater lagoon,
  • The infrastructure necessary for a new housing development.

For a complete list of allocations and project descriptions, please click here.

Visit the Office of Native American Program's Indian Community Development Block Grant website for more information.


FY 2021 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) 2021 and to transmit the forms required for correcting the FY 2021 IHBG formula data and the FY 2022 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/fy2021/:

  • FY 2021 Formula Response Form (FRF) including the FY 2021 FRF Appendices A through D and the FY 2022 IHBG Needs Data (Attachment A).
  • Calendar of Critical Deadlines and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • FY 2021 Correction/Challenge Log showing changes to the IHBG database between January 25, 2020, and May 12, 2020.

Tribes/TDHEs must review their data on the FY 2021 Formula Response Form and report any changes no later than August 1, 2020, to the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center.  Census Challenges for the FY 2022 IHBG Needs data must be submitted no later than March 30, 2021, for consideration for the FY 2022 IHBG formula allocation estimates.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Section 184 Skilled Worker Program 

Skilled workers are vital to any community’s overall wellbeing and ability to achieve sustainable economic growth. Every community needs police officers, doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, architects, and other technical and skilled workers. Unfortunately, some Tribal communities – particularly those located in very remote areas – have historically struggled to attract skilled workers because of a lack of available housing.

The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is seeking your feedback on how the Section 184 Skilled Worker Program should be designed and implemented to work for your communities.

Click for more details.


FY2019/2020 ICDBG- Notice of Area Allocations for FY2020 

This Notice announces Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Area Allocations and other funding related information under the FY 2019/2020 ICDBG Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).  The FY 2019/2020 ICDBG NOFA published on November 19, 2019, only announced AONAP FY 2019 allocations because the FY 2020 Appropriations Act was not enacted at the time the NOFA was published. This Notice also informs recipients that their implementation plans must show that the expenditure of both FY 2019 and FY 2020 funds will occur prior April 20, 2026, and that no extensions will be granted beyond that date.

This Notice also clarifies the applicability of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act waivers and alternative requirements.  Applicants that are awarded an ICDBG grant under the FY 2019/20 NOFA may benefit from these flexibilities when such funds are spent on activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, after an amendment request to HUD is approved.


 

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