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

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.

CDC Eviction Moratorium (expires June 30, 2021)

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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


Section 184/184A Home Loan Guarantee Newly Published Resources

Dear Lender Letter 2021-03Section 184A Financing of Homes Located on Agricultural and Pastoral
Lots on Hawaiian Home Lands

This Dear Lender Letter (DLL) announces policy established by the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) for the Section 184A Loan Guarantee Program regarding financing of homes located on agricultural and pastoral lots on Hawaiian home lands.


Dear Lender Letter 2021-02The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to inform Lenders of further extensions for the foreclosure and eviction moratoriums, loan processing flexibilities, and the Borrower’s ability to request a COVID-19 Forbearance. This DLL also broadens Borrower eligibility for COVID-19 Loss Mitigation Options and expands COVID-19 Forbearance periods for certain Borrowers.  The DLL extends the foreclosure moratorium under the Section 184 and Section 184A programs through June 30, 2021.  Continue Reading


Dear Lender Letter 2021-01 - Extension of foreclosure and eviction moratorium and loan processing flexibilities in connection with the Presidentially Declared COVID-19 National Emergency.

The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to inform lenders and servicers of an extension to the foreclosure and eviction moratorium originally issued in DLL 2020-04, extended in DLL 2020-06, DLL 2020-08, DLL 2020- 10, and further extended in DLL 2020-13 for borrowers with Section 184 or Section 184A guaranteed loans for an additional period through March 31, 2021.

This DLL also announces an extension of the loan processing flexibilities originally issued in DLL 2020-05; extended in DLL 2020-06, DLL 2020-08, and DLL 2020-10; modified and extended in DLL 2020-12; and further extended in DLL 2020-13 for an additional period through March 31, 2021. This extension will allow industry partners additional opportunity to utilize flexible guidance related to re-verification of employment and appraisal protocols for the Section 184 and 184A programs affected by COVID-19. Continue Reading

A full listing of Dear Lender Letters can be found at:  Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program under the Loan Processing Guidelines section.  For any questions about these resources, please contact the Office of Loan Guarantee at OLGINFO@hud.gov


Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive Awards Announced

On April 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced over $91 million in grant awards to 24 Native American Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) across the Nation for new housing construction, housing rehabilitation, and critical infrastructure projects.

The IHBG competition was extremely competitive. HUD received over 140 applications from eligible Native American Tribes and TDHEs. Today's awards are the result of a thoughtful and rigorous application process. ONAP is excited about this opportunity and thanks everyone who applied. Instructions for requesting a debriefing will be sent to each applicant over the next several days.

Click the link to view the press release https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_21_058


HUD Tribal Consultation Follow-up

HUD has drafted its Plan of Actions based on recommendations and feedback provided during two Tribal consultation sessions.  Tribes are encouraged to review the final draft and provide feedback or comments by April 14, 2021.  Comments can be sent to tribalconsultationpolicy@hud.gov.


ConnectHome USA Emergency Broadband Benefit Webinar

During this webinar, representatives from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will discuss the new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program funded by Congress to help low-income Americans cover up to $50 towards the monthly costs of in-home broadband service during the pandemic. The benefit may also cover a one-time $100 subsidy toward a computing device.

The webinar will cover:

  • An overview of the EBB Program;
  • Eligibility requirements, including how to register;
  • Information on how to become an outreach partner; and
  • Time for Q&A

This webinar is part of a series that aims to help ConnectHomeUSA communities achieve their goals of connecting families to broadband, devices, and digital literacy training.  Other interested PHAs and Tribes are encouraged to participate as well.  View all webinars in the ConnectHomeUSA Webinar Series.

Register Here

Registration closes on Tuesday, April 27 at 1 PM EDT.  For questions about registration, please contact Caila Prendergast :  CHUSAtraining@enterprisecommunity.org or call 202-403-8004.


American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Indian Housing Block Grant Program Awards

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), Public Law 117-2, which provides additional funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the national impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. ARP included $450 million for the Indian Housing Block Grant program. Linked here you will find a funding summary for each eligible Tribe ("Indian Housing Block Grant- American Rescue Plan (IHBG-ARP) Formula Allocations").

The $450 million in funding was allocated based on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 tribal allocations. Each tribe will receive 69.1376421680391 percent of their FY 2021 IHBG formula allocation. This percentage is equal to the amount appropriated in the ARP divided by the total amount allocated in FY 2021 under the IHBG formula before repayments and grant adjustments ($450,000,00/ $650,875,537).

Read the full Dear Tribal Leader letter here.


ConnectHomeUSA Webinar- Learning About NDIA's Digital Navigator Program

April 27, 2021 2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Join the next installment of the ConnectHomeUSA webinar series to learn about the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s (NDIA) Digital Navigator model which is a replicable, scalable program designed to decrease barriers to digital access. Paolo Balboa, Programs and Data Manager with NDIA, will speak about the model, resources to support this work, and how NDIA is helping a variety of organizations including public libraries, workforce development agencies, and state broadband offices put this model into practice. 

This webinar is part of a series that aims to help ConnectHomeUSA communities achieve their goals to connect families to broadband, devices, and digital literacy training. View all webinars in the ConnectHomeUSA Webinar Series.

Register Here!


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Tribal Consultation on Implementation of the ICDBG Funding under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

On March 11, 2021, the President signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Public Law 117-2), which provides additional funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP included $280 million for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program. This funding will be used to provide ICDBG Imminent Threat (ICDBG-ARP) grants to Indian tribes to eliminate or lessen problems that pose an imminent threat to public health or safety of Tribal residents. The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is working on awarding this funding as quickly as possible and intends to publish an ICDBG-ARP Implementation Notice outlining how Indian Tribes can apply for this funding. ONAP is seeking your feedback on how ICDBG-ARP funds should be awarded.

Read the letter here.


IHBG-CARES Module 1 Webinar- Introduction and Overview

This webinar, the first in a series, will provide tribes and tribally designated housing entities with an overview of the IHBG-CARES Act. Agenda items will include eligible purposes and activities associated with the program, the implementation notice, overview of waivers including changes to the Indian Housing Plan, reporting requirements and procedures, and needs identification. Learn how one tribal housing authority has been operating and get their best practice tips.

When: April 1, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT

Registration for this event is FREE, but you must register to attend.

Registration is available online at http://bit.ly/IHBG_Webinar1.


Tribal HUD-VASH Expansion NOFA FAQs Published March 17, 2021

Please email TribalHUDVASH@hud.gov with any questions not addressed in the FAQ.


Notice PIH 2021-09: Tribal HUD-VASH Renewal Procedures

This Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) Notice announces renewal requirements and procedural guidance for existing recipients of the program.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter - Tribal Housing and Related Infrastructure Interagency Task Force (THRIITF)

HUD is seeking elected or appointed officers or authorized designees of tribal governments to join the Tribal Housing and Related Infrastructure Interagency Task Force (THRIITF). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the lead agency in the federal effort to develop a coordinated environmental review process for housing and housing-related infrastructure in Indian Country. Congress directed HUD to establish THRIITF to address and implement the working group recommendations to continue the review of related environmental laws and authorities to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies; explore whether environmental reviews could be expedited if agencies which fund similar types of projects developed aligned categorical exclusions; and identify specific regulatory and policy improvements. THRIITF will be addressing and implementing the recommendations of the 2015 Coordinated Environmental Review Process, which can be found at: https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/COORENVIRREVIEW.PDF.

Read the full text of the Dear Tribal Leader letter here.


Update on ICDBG-CARES Applications

Please be advised that ONAP is no longer accepting additional ICDBG-CARES applications.  We will publish further guidance if additional funding is made available by Congress.

As you know, on March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law, 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 response to ICDBG-CARES funding announcement was overwhelming, demonstrating urgent need requiring expediency in response. HUD awarded the entire $100 million of ICDBG-CARES funds on a first-come, first-serve basis.  At this time, ONAP is no longer accepting additional ICDBG CARES applications.  We will publish further guidance if additional funding is made available by Congress.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter - Supporting Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations

This Dear Tribal Leader (DTL) letter outlines how IHBG-CARES, FY 2020 IHBG, ICDBG-CARES, and FY 2019/2020 ICDBG grant funds can be used to assist Tribal communities with COVID-19 vaccination efforts.  In addition, to providing examples of how grant funds can be used, this DTL provides a list of COVID-19 vaccination resources.  To learn more about eligible activities, please read the full text of the Dear Tribal Leader letter here.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter - Technical Corrections to FR-6400-N-73 (Tribal HUD-VASH NOFA)

On January 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Tribal HUD-VASH Expansion program (FR-6400-N-73). This NOFA announced the availability of approximately $3.2 million for competitive grants to eligible Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs). Applicants have until 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on April 15, 2021, to submit applications. For further information about this funding opportunity, please visit https://www.grants.gov/ and https://www.hud.gov/codetalk. This letter is to inform you that the NOFA was corrected on February 9, 2021.

To learn more about the technical corrections, please read the full text of the Dear Tribal Leader letter here.


Dear Tribal Leader LetterUpdate on the Department of the Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program

This is an important message about the Department of the Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program for those Indian tribes that have not, or whose tribally designated housing entity (“TDHE”) has not, applied for funding. 

If an Indian tribe or its TDHE has already submitted an application for funding and received a confirmation email from Treasury stating that the submission has been received and will be reviewed by Treasury’s processing team, it does not need to do anything further at this time.

As Treasury has previously communicated, any Indian tribe or TDHE that is an eligible grantee under section 501 of Division N of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116-260) must provide complete payment information and a signed acceptance of award terms to Treasury (an “application”) through Treasury’s application portal in order to receive funds from Treasury under the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Continue Reading


Dear Tribal Leader LetterPublication of Tribal Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published the NOFA that expands the Tribal HUD-VASH program. The NOFA announces the availability of approximately $3.2 million for competitive grants to eligible Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs).  This program provides applicants the ability to use HUD funding towards rental assistance for Native American Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, living on or near a reservation or other Indian areas. Continue Reading


Notice PIH 2021-06 - Process for Amending ICDBG-CARES Grants

This Notice provides ICDBG-CARES grantees with instructions on how to amend the use of existing Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Imminent Threat (IT) funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Public Law 116-136) (CARES Act).  Continue Reading


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