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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

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

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! Dear Tribal Leaders and Executive Directors,

HUD will be hosting a conference call on Thursday, July 16th at 2:00PM EDT to provide a variety of ONAP updates on programs, policy, and resources for Tribes and TDHEs. On the call, we will focus our discussion on ONAP's traditional programs as well as the new CARES Act programs.  I will be joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary, Heidi Frechette, as well as several of the ONAP Directors. The call will be recorded and uploaded as an unlisted YouTube link within a week after the call. Please click here for the calendar invitation. 

See below for call-in and login information for the July 16th call:

Step 1: Dial into the conference.

Dial-in: 888-251-2949 

Access Code: 3937065#

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer.

Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/829970
For technical assistance, contact: 1-888-796-6118

NEW! Vacancy Announcement: Director, Field Operations GS-15 Washington, D.C.

Open: July 9, 2020
Close: July 23, 2020

As a Director, Field Operations, you will:

  • Provide broad technical and administrative supervision and consultation to six Area Office Administrators in the general implementation of ONAP program and policies.
  • Advise the DAS on matters relating to the special conditions and housing needs of Native Americans and other indigenous native groups under U.S. Jurisdiction which include: development of specialized housing efforts, recommending revisions to specific housing programs, recommendation of specific new legislation or amendments to existing legislation; funding for special Native American housing requirements; and for developing policies criteria and operating procedures.
  • Provide guidance and consultation to Area Offices, and other Departmental entities, in housing programs with respect to managing special or ongoing problems unique to Indian housing.
  • Represent DAS in the resolution of cross-cutting and other coordination issues with Secretary Representatives, State Coordinators and Area Coordinators.

Apply Here

PIH Awards More Than $15 Million to Native American Tribes to Support COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Last week, PIH awarded $15 million to Tribes across the Nation as part of the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Imminent Threat program, which provides funding to help address problems that pose an imminent threat to public health or safety of Tribal residents. This funding will specifically be used to help Tribes prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. “From helping Tribes build more affordable housing to building a place where families can go to quarantine, this funding will help Native Americans persevere during this unprecedented time,” said Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for PIH.

Last week’s awards represent the first $15 million of $100 million that will be provided to Tribes. For a full list of grant recipients, click here

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.

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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.

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.

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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