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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

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

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! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is Offering a Free Three-part Webinar Series

The one and one-half hour webinars will showcase the CFPB’s Your Money, Your Goals financial resources for frontline staff and those who work with economically vulnerable populations. Each webinar will focus on various financial issues, e.g., savings, credit and debt management. Materials pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic will also be highlighted. You can find many of the related resources and information at https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/. Whether someone has experienced a loss of income or housing or was targeted by a scammer, we have resources to help them remain protected during this difficult time.

Webinar Series Details

The CFPB, financial empowerment, setting goals, saving

  • Tuesday, August 4, 3-4:30PM EDT

Tracking income, benefits and spending, cash flow

  • Wednesday, August 5, 3-4:30PM EDT

Credit, debt, financial services, consumer protection

  • Thursday, August 6, 3-4:30PM EDT

To register please click here.

Closed captioning will be available during the webinar. For reasonable accommodations, please call (202) 435-9336, (855) 233-0362, (202) 435-9742 (TTY), or email CFPB_ReasonableAccommodations@cfpb.gov prior to the webinar.

Please feel free to email us should you have questions at YourMoneyYourGoals@cfpb.gov.


NEW!  Tribal Community Lead Testing in School and Child Care Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) is providing funding for participation in the Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water Tribal Grant Program.  Authorized by the Water Infrastructure Improvements of the Nation (WIIN) Act, EPA is making funding available to support the Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water Tribal Grant Program. Funds used to implement this program shall be used in accordance with the EPA’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water guidance, or applicable regulations or guidance that are not less stringent than the 3Ts guidance.

Tribal consortia interested in participating must submit letters of intent with specific information to WIINDrinkingWaterGrants@EPA.gov by August 31, 2020.


NEW!  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


HUD’s 2020 Lead Hazard Reduction Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes announces an an important funding opportunity to help keep low-income families and their children safe from lead-based paint hazards and, along with them, other housing-related health and safety hazards. Cities, counties, and certain states and tribes (those that administer their own lead abatement certification programs) are eligible to apply for these grants.  The maximum lead funding in the various grant categories ranges from $3 million to $9 million, and the healthy homes supplement funding, from $400,000 to $700,000.

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION BEFORE APPLYING: To ask specific questions before or after the webinar, email: A.Brown@HUD.gov

HUD IS HOLDING A NO-COST INTERACTIVE WEBINAR to discuss and answer questions about this funding opportunity.  Please register for this special webinar on HUD’s 2020 Lead Hazard Reduction Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), with a Questions and Answers segment, on August 5, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3472627565011053324


Program Guidance No. 2020-01Income Limits under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA)

This guidance replaces Program Guidance 2019-02 with the latest HUD Income Limits applicable to NAHASDA programs.


 Healthy Homes Production for Tribal Housing 2020 Grants Outreach

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes provides grant funding to remediate housing-related health and safety hazards in Tribal housing. Native American tribal governments (including Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages) are eligible to apply for these grants.  A Tribally designated housing entity (TDHE) may apply on behalf of one or more Indian Tribes. The maximum grant award for these 42-month grants is $1 million; the minimum, $500,000.

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION BEFORE APPLYING:  To ask specific questions before or after the webinar, email AJ Salkoski at Aaron.J.Salkoski@HUD.gov

HUD IS HOLDING A NO-COST INTERACTIVE WEBINAR to discuss and answer questions about this Tribal funding opportunity. Please register for this special webinar on HUD’s 2020 Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing NOFA, with a Questions and Answers segment, on August 6, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1938165629961513228.


PIH Awards More Than $20 Million to Native American Tribes to Support COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Today, PIH awarded over $20 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. These awards represent the fourth round of $100 million of funding that will be provided to Tribes under this program.  For a list of this round’s recipients, click here.


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


Deadline Extended for Submitting FY 2021 Formula Response Corrections

Due to difficulties some Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities may be experiencing in submitting timely correction requests to FY 2021 Formula Response Form data caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD is extending the deadline by an additional 30 days. Accordingly, all correction requests to the FY 2021 Formula Response Form data must be submitted by September 1, 2020. The September 1, 2020 deadline is important in ensuring that there is enough time to run the FY 2021 IHBG final allocations accurately and on time. We encourage Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities that are able to submit their correction requests before September 1, 2020, to do so. Because of the timing needed to run the IHBG final allocations, we will not be able to offer any additional extensions beyond September 1, 2020. 

Should you have any additional comments or questions, please contact the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center at:

1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 800-410-8808
Fax: 202-393-6411
E-Mail: IHBGformula@firstpic.org

HUD looks forward to continuing to work with Tribes and Tribal organizations in FY 2021.
Thank you for your efforts to support Tribal communities.


 

PIH Awards More Than $25 Million to Native American Tribes to Support COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Today, PIH awarded $25 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. These awards represent the third round of $100 million of funding that will be provided to Tribes under this program.  For a list of this round’s recipients, click here.


PIH Awards More Than $9 Million to Native American Tribes to Support COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Last week, PIH awarded $9 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. These awards represent the second round of $100 million of funding that will be provided to Tribes under this program.  For a list of this round’s recipients, click here.


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.


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

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 drive-thru pharmacy
  • 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 September 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.


 

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