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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
- Frequently Asked Questions for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) (May 11, 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)
- COVID-19 FAQs for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) (April 20, 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 IHBG and ICDBG 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)â€‹
- HUD Guidance on Eligible Uses for Community Development Block Grant Funds to Support COVID-19 Responses (March 16, 2020)
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.
NEW! Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Section 184 Skilled Worker Program (May 27, 2020)
Skilled workers are vital to any communityâ€™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 â€“ particularly those located in very remote areas â€“ 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.
Vacancy Announcement- Grants Evaluation Specialist, GS 9-12, Multiple Locations
Locations: Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA and Oklahoma City, OK
Open: May 26, 2020
Closes: June 9, 2020
As a Grants Evaluation Specialist, you will:
- Implement national policies, standards, procedures and guidelines with regard to the monitoring and evaluation of all applicable programs.
- 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 feedback to the Division Director regarding the effectiveness of current policies and procedures in meeting ONAP objectives and the unique concerns of assigned Indian communities.
- Monitor performance indicators and implements long-term proactive performance trending so that potential problems are identified and solutions developed before they reach the problem state.
NEW! FY2019/2020 ICDBG- Notice of Area Allocations for FY2020 (May 21, 2020)
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.
NEW! Dear Lender Letter 2020-06- Clarification of Eviction Moratorium and Loss Mitigation Options (May 20, 2020)
The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to inform lenders of the special loss mitigation options available to Section 184 and Section 184A borrowers under Section 4022 of the CARES Act, and the 120-day eviction moratorium that is currently in place pursuant to Section 4024 of the Act. This DLL also extends the foreclosure moratorium initially provided under the CARES Act until June 30, 2020 and extends loans processing flexibilities related to appraisals, verification of employment and IRS transcripts. Furthermore, this DLL supersedes PIH Notice 2015-15, Section 184 Indian Loan Guarantee Program Disaster Policy, for borrowers impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) National Emergency.
Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Training (May 18, 2020)
Visit ONAP's Indian Housing Bock Grant Competitive page to view recorded training for FY2018/2019 IHBG Competitive program. Training will cover:
- Welcome â€“ Getting Started
- Terms & Conditions
- Environmental Review
- Leveraged Resources
- HUD Monitoring Review
- Grant Reporting
- Closeout Presentation
During this 2-day virtual training, participants will receive step-by-step instruction on how to successfully complete the combined, automated IHP/APR form. The trainer will provide a walk-through of EPIC, the system for submitting the IHP/APR. Participants will also receive guidance on the development, planning, and reporting processes and requirements. All grantees are encouraged to attend this training.
When: June 2-3, 2020
Time: 9:00AM- 4:00PM PDT
How: Virtual Online Training
This training is FREE, but you must Register Here to attend.
Notice PIH-2020-10: Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) Renewal Grant Applications (May 13, 2020)
This Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) Notice announces renewal requirements and procedural guidance for existing recipients of the program. Pursuant to the authority provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, P.L. 115-141 and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 P. L. 116-6 (â€śAppropriations Actsâ€ť), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will renew rental assistance and associated administrative fees to all eligible Tribal HUD-VASH recipients initially funded with appropriated funds from Fiscal Year 2015, provided they meet applicable program requirements. This notice specifies the criteria for renewal grants, including data on the utilization of assistance reported by recipients under the demonstration program.
Webinar- Consumer Protection for Native Americans in the Age of COVID-19
Speakers from FDIC, HUD and Native Bank On ONAC will address the following topics: safety of insured deposits, safe accounts and account access, prioritizing bill payments when funds are limited, protecting one's credit score, and HUD 184 mortgage forbearance.
When: May 28, 2020
Time: 2:00PM-3:15PM CDT
HUD Guidance on Eligible Uses for Community Development Block Grant Funds to Support COVID-19 Responses
HUD Quick Guide on Eligible Activities for Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Funds
HUD recently posted a guide on eligible uses for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support coronavirus (COVID-19) responses. The guide is a quick reference tool for grantees, such as Tribes and TDHEs, to use when contemplating how to address the effects of COVID-19 in their communities. While the language in the guide specifically references CDBG, ICDBG has the same eligible activities, and therefore the guide can be considered applicable for both programs.
The guide can be found Here
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