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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CDC Eviction Moratorium (No longer in effect)

If you or a family member are in need of rental assistance, please visit the U.S. Department of Treasury's Emergency Rental Assistance webpage located here to apply for assistance in your area.

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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

Section 184 Program Open for Fiscal Year 2022

On August 17, 2021, ONAP issued Dear Lender Letter 2021-08, which informed Lenders and other stakeholders that the Section 184 Indian Home Loan (Section 184) program would begin the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 financial closeout beginning on September 20, 2021. 

The FY 2021 closeout process is now complete. We are pleased to announce that on October 12, 2021, ONAP opened the Section 184 program for FY 2022 and is processing requests for case numbers, cohort numbers, and loan guarantee certificates. Any requests received during the closeout period will be prioritized by the date of request – with the oldest request being processed first.

The Section 184 program brings the dream of homeownership to thousands of Native American families annually.  We look forward to seeing all of the good that this program will do this year.


Dear Lender Letter 2021-11Extension of COVID-19 Forbearance for the Section 184 Indian Home  Loan Guarantee (Section 184) and Section 184A Native Hawaiian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184A) programs.

A full listing of Dear Lender Letters can be found at: OLG Dear Lender Letters.  For any questions about these resources, please contact the Office of Loan Guarantee at OLGINFO@hud.gov


Vacancy Announcement- Grants Evaluation Specialist, GS-11/12

Locations:

  • Denver, CO
  • Chicago, IL

Open: November 17, 2021
Closes: December 1, 2021

As a Grants Evaluation Specialist, you will:

  • Implements national policies, standards, procedures and guidelines with regard to the monitoring and evaluation of all applicable programs. Provides guidance to Indian tribes and Tribally-Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) regarding the interpretation and application of grants evaluation program policies and procedures.
  • Participates as individual or member of functional team to conduct targeted compliance assessments of specific TDHEs using diagnosis, problem analysis and resolution, and follow-up. Provides technical assistance to TDHEs by responding to inquiries, disseminating relevant information, identifying needs, and assisting in the development of tailored packages to address those needs. Develops and initiates corrective actions for non-compliant grant recipients. Initiates enforcement and referral actions to address substantial non-compliance issues. Refers severe compliance issues to the appropriate Departmental officials with recommendations for addressing the issues.
  • Prepares, disseminates and tracks recipient audit information. Coordinates with OGE, OIG, OGC, audit liaison officer and others involved in the reporting and closure of findings.

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Vacancy Announcement- Grants Evaluation Specialist, GS-9/11/12

Location:

  • Seattle, WA

Open: November 17, 2021
Closes: November 30, 2021

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 Indian tribes and Tribally-Designated Housing Entities (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 Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) objectives and the unique concerns of assigned Indian communities.
  • Monitor performance indicators and implement long-term proactive performance trending so that potential problems are identified and solutions developed before they reach the problem state.

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Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Tribal Consultation on the Impact of Proposed Changes to the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program Regulations

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intends to undertake rulemaking in order to revise the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and related Section 108 loan guarantee program regulations to make it easier for recipients to promote economic development and recovery in Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) communities and to support investments in underserved areas.

As part of HUD’s commitment to its Tribal Consultation Policy and the government-to-government relationship with Tribes, HUD is seeking Tribal feedback on the impacts of the proposed changes.As part of HUD’s commitment to its Tribal Consultation Policy and the government-to-government relationship with Tribes, HUD is seeking Tribal feedback on the impacts of the proposed changes. Select the link above or click here to view the DTLL.


HUD Announces Formation of Tribal Advisory Committee

HUD is pleased to announce the formation of its first Tribal Advisory Committee – the HUD Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC). 

TIAC will be made up of a standing group of Tribal leaders who will advise HUD on housing policy and other matters that impact Indian Country.

This week, HUD published a Notice in the Federal Register that details the proposed structure of the TIAC and invites the public to provide comments and feedback to HUD.  The Notice can be accessed here. Comments must be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov and are due on or before January 14, 2022.

ONAP strongly encourages you to provide feedback to the Department on TIAC and looks forward to inviting Tribal leaders to submit their nominations for membership on the TIAC is the near future.  The TIAC will give Tribal leaders a greater voice and will help ensure that the Department lives up to its duties and upholds its trust responsibility to Tribal Nations.


Vacancy Announcement- Loan Guarantee Specialist, GS-13

Location:

  • Washington, DC

Open: November 16, 2021
Closes: November 30, 2021

As a Loan Guarantee Specialist, you will:

  • Develop policies, program standards, procedures and guidelines in response to the unique problems and issues in Indian, Alaskan Native areas and Hawaiian homelands. These polices, programs, etc., are to be used by field offices, Tribes, tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs), Native Hawaiian housing agencies, and lending institutions. Makes decisions in consultation with the Office Director.
  • Initiate and prepare comprehensive policy documents that recommend statutory changes to affect the Indian housing and loan guarantee programs and comments on pending legislation, regulations, and guidelines prepared by other offices.
  • Formulate guidelines and provides technical advice, guidance, and interpretation of complex policies and procedures regarding the Indian loan guarantee programs to Tribes, TDHEs, Headquarters, field offices, tribal groups, Native Hawaiian groups and the financial community. Coordinates with the other Federal agencies (Interior, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Environmental Protection Agency).
  • Conduct analytical studies of various issues relating to housing and community development for the purpose of evaluation the effectiveness of current national policies and procedures in meeting program objectives, defining problems, and making recommendations for more effective administration of Indian loan guarantee programs. The incumbent prepares reports reflecting these studies for use by senior Departmental offices.

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Vacancy Announcement- Grants Evaluation Specialist, GS-11/12

Locations:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Oklahoma City, OK

Open: November 16, 2021
Closes: November 29, 2021

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 Indian tribes and Tribally-Designated Housing Entities (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 Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) objectives and the unique concerns of assigned Indian communities.
  • Monitor performance indicators and implement long-term proactive performance trending so that potential problems are identified and solutions developed before they reach the problem state.

Apply Now


Vacancy Announcement- Grants Management Specialist, GS-11/12

Locations:

  • Denver, CO

Open: November 10, 2021
Closes: November 23, 2021

Term - Term not to exceed one year and one day, may be extended for a total of up to four years.

As a/an Grants Management Specialist, you will:

  • Act as a government technical monitor and participate in government technical evaluation panels and pre-proposal conferences.
  • Responsible for a narrow scope of contracting activities and/or assisting the GTR in monitoring cost, schedule and performance parameters for assigned ONAP contracts.
  • Participate in the preparation of cost estimates, statements of work, reporting requirements, proposal instructions and evaluation criteria.
  • Conduct market research and provide advice on any matters concerning solicitation and the reasonable need for proposed costs.

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Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Tribal Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) Expansion Program – Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Published


Statement from Secretary Marcia L. Fudge on the Descendants of Freedmen- View Here


FY2021 Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Frequently Asked Questions Published

October 14, 2021- The Office of Native American Programs published frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist potential recipients with the application process. To view the FAQs, select the above link or visit ONAP's Indian Community Development Block Grant website for the latest information specific to the FY2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity application process and access recordings of the September 21-22, 2021, FY2021 ICDBG NOFO training (Part-1 and Part-2).


Notice PIH 2021-28- Providing Interim Funding to Recipients of Indian Housing Block Grants

This notice provides updated information to Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) on the process for requesting an advance on Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) formula funds, or interim funding, while under a Continuing Resolution (CR). View entire notice.


Technical Assistance available for Tribes and TDHEs administering Emergency Rental Assistance 

HUD is pleased to announce that, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Treasury, we have made awards to technical assistance providers that can provide support to Emergency Rental Assistance grantees that would like assistance.  Technical assistance can be provided to help Tribes and TDHEs with the design and administration of their ERA program. 

If you have a need for technical assistance, please send an email to your Area ONAP Technical Assistance contact with your contact information, and topic areas where you may need additional support.  HUD will review all requests and work to provide you with support, subject to the availability of funds.  We will also work to make best practices available to you so that you can learn from the promising practices and policies of other ERA grantees.


HUD Awards $4.4 Million to 28 Tribes to Provide Rental Assistance to Native American Veterans

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has awarded $4.4 million in Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) grants to 28 Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs). This includes $1.0 million in expansion grants that will help house approximately 95 additional Veterans. The expansion grants were awarded to three existing Tribal HUD-VASH grant recipients and two new Tribal HUD-VASH grant recipients, Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority and Fort Hall Housing Authority.

The Tribal HUD-VASH program provides housing and supportive services to Native American Veterans who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness by combining rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by the VA.

View Press Release


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Taking Action to Prevent Evictions

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued a statement calling on state and local jurisdictions to take every action they can to safeguard their most vulnerable residents – and calling on every landlord, every housing owner, and every partner that receives HUD’s support to do all they can to help protect vulnerable renters in their communities. View DTL Letter


HUD Publishes Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published the FY21 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) – Competitive Grant Program. It announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $95 million in competitive grants to eligible Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs). This program provides competitive grant funding to Tribes and TDHEs to carry out affordable housing activities for the benefit of low-income Native American families. In accordance with the FY21 Consolidated Appropriations Act, HUD will prioritize grant applications that spur housing construction and rehabilitation.

In addition to the IHBG Competitive Grant, the HUD Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) has several funding opportunities open at this time. HUD recognizes the many challenges faced by Tribes and TDHEs during the ongoing COVID-19 National Emergency. Therefore, HUD is providing a longer application period for the IHBG Competitive Grant to allow applicants additional time to develop and submit applications, as well as coordinate and maximize funding opportunities. Therefore, applicants will have until 11:59:59 PM EST on December 1, 2021, to submit applications.

Visit Grants.gov for additional information


Department of Commerce’s NTIA Announces Nearly $1 Billion in Funding to Expand Broadband on Tribal Land

Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced today at the White House the availability of nearly $1 billion in U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) grants to expand broadband access and adoption on Tribal land. Continue reading.

I am writing to provide important information on your Tribe’s Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) formula allocation estimate for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is regulatorily required to provide this information annually to all IHBG eligible Indian Tribes and their Tribally designated housing entities (TDHE). In the past, HUD would mail this information. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD is posting the following information on-line at: https://ihbgformula.com/fy2022/

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FY 2022 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) 2022 and to transmit the forms required for correcting the FY 2022 IHBG formula data and the FY 2023 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/fy2022/:

  • FY 2022 Formula Response Form (FRF) including the FY 2022 FRF Appendices A through D and the FY 2023 IHBG Needs Data (Attachment A).
  • Calendar of Critical Deadlines and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • FY 2022 Correction/Challenge Log showing changes to the IHBG database between February 19, 2021, and May 11, 2021.

Tribes/TDHEs must review their data on the FY 2022 Formula Response Form and report any changes no later than August 1, 2021, to the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center.  Census Challenges for the FY 2023 IHBG Needs data must be submitted no later than March 30, 2022, for consideration for the FY 2023 IHBG formula allocation estimates.


 

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