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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 2021-05Section 184 Program Activity

The unprecedent level of program demand means that, prior to the end of FY 2021 (September 30, 2021), the Section 184 program may reach the $1 billion maximum loan limitation level that Congress set in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. To ensure that the program does not exceed the maximum $1 billion loan limitation level, we are tracking the issuance of case numbers and firm commitments on a daily basis. As the program reaches its loan limitation level, we will need to begin a phased in suspension of program activity as specified and required by our internal financial monitoring plan. Select the above link to view the entire letter.

Dear Lender Letter 2021-04184/184AUnderwriting Guidelines for Borrowers with Previous Mortgage Payment Forbearance 

The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to inform Lenders participating in the Section 184 Indian Home Loan guarantee program (Section 184) and the Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee program (Section 184A) of underwriting guidelines for Refinance transactions, including Borrowers with previous COVID-19 Forbearance history, as well as Payment History requirements for purchase transactions for Borrowers with previous COVID-19 Forbearance history.

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


Vacancy Announcement- Senior Loan Guarantee Specialist, GS-14, Washington, D.C.

Open: June 17, 2021
Closes: July 1, 2021

As a Senior 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.
  • 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 provide 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.
  • Conduct analytical studies of various issues relating to housing and community development for the purpose of evaluating 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.

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Vacancy Announcement- Grants Management Specialist, GS-13, Washington, D.C.

Open: June 16, 2021
Closes: June 29, 2021

As a Grants Management Specialist, you will:

  • Serve as principal advisor to the Director, Office of Grants Management (OGM), in developing policies, program standards, procedures and guidelines in response to the unique problems and issues in ICDBG, and other applicable community and housing development programs.
  • Initiate and prepare policy options and recommendations for statutory changes to affect the administration of Native American community and housing development programs and comments on pending legislation, regulations and guidelines prepared by other offices.
  • Formulate guidelines and provide technical advice, guidance and interpretation of complex policies and procedures on administration of applicable programs to Native American tribes, TDHEs, Area Office Grants Management personnel, and other Headquarters staff.
  • Conduct analytical studies of various issues related to Native American community and housing development in order to evaluate the effectiveness of current national policies and procedures in meeting ONAP objectives.

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Vacancy Announcement- Data Base Management Specialist, GS-13, Washington, D.C.

Open: June 15, 2021
Closes: June 28, 2021

As a/an Data Base Management Specialist, you will:

  • Analyze, evaluate and advise management on the effectiveness of data collection and reporting systems.
  • Develop, analyze, and evaluate new or modified program management policies, regulations, goals, or objectives.
  • Coordinate activities related to the CHUMS or other lender data entry system to collect and manage client information from loan application through loan guarantee and during servicing.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact between the OLG and the PIH and CFO Budget Offices.

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Vacancy Announcement- Loan Guarantee Specialist (Realty), GS- 9/11/12, Washington, D.C.

Open: June 11, 2021
Closes: June 25, 2021

As a Loan Guarantee Specialist (Realty), you will:

  • Provide full technical and programmatic support to the OLG in all or some of the following program areas: lender approval; tribal approval, Section 184, Section 184A, Title VI, loan guarantee processing, loan servicing, claims, property disposition, policy development and training/outreach.
  • Review information on loan guarantee applications and or other program-related documents for missing or incorrect data and advises lenders of any additional information needed to continue loan guarantee process.
  • Utilize available technology to track projects (including, but not limited to incoming loan guarantee applications, releases of conditions, workload, firm commitments, loan guarantee certificates issued, servicing and delinquencies, and claims) and to prepare and deliver presentations.
  • Participate in training and technical assistance programs delivered to tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities, lenders, servicers and tribal members.

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Module II: IHBG-CARES Addressing Community and Housing Safety Needs

Virtual Training

When: June 16, 2021, 1:00-2:30 ET

This webinar, the second in a series, will assist tribes and tribally designated housing entities understand their role in responding to a pandemic, such as COVID-19, and steps that can be taken to reduce its impact in the workplace and surrounding community. Agenda items will include communication strategies, strategies for both working virtually and returning to in-person work, implementing a screening and testing strategy, addressing community needs, and future considerations for housing management.

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Vacancy Announcement- Grants Management Specialist, GS-9/11/12, Multiple Locations

Permanent Position

Open: June 9, 2021
Closes: June 23, 2021

Locations:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Oklahoma City, OK

As a Grants Management Specialist, you will:

  • Act as a government technical monitor and participate in government technical evaluation panels and pre-proposal conferences.
  • 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.
  • Primarily responsible for managing relationships with participating tribally designated housing entities (TDHE), Indian tribes, and others involved in the administration of all applicable programs.

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

Term Appointment

Open: June 8, 2021
Closes: June 21, 2021

Locations:

  • Denver, CO (1)
  • Seattle, WA (2)

As a Grants Management Specialist, you will:

  • Act as a government technical monitor and participate in government technical evaluation panels and pre-proposal conferences.
  • 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.
  • Primarily responsible for managing relationships with participating tribally designated housing entities (TDHE), Indian tribes, and others involved in the administration of all applicable programs.

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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.

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CDC Eviction Moratorium Webinar - June 17, 2021 (Rescheduled from June 9, 2021)

ONAP has rescheduled this webinar to provide an overview of the CDC Eviction Moratorium. ONAP will also review resources available to assist families that are behind on rent or could be facing eviction in the future and provide you with tools to share with families that need assistance in your community.  

New Date!  The webinar begins at 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Eastern Time on June 17, 2021; you may join the conference 10 minutes prior.


ConnectHomeUSA ISP Stakeholders’ Participation in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Tuesday, June 15, 2021; 2:00-3:30 pm EDT. Join this webinar to learn how ConnectHomeUSA Internet Service Provider (ISP) stakeholders are participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program and how you can help residents sign up for it.

Register Here!

Registration closes on Tuesday, June 15 at 1 PM EDT.  For questions about registration, please contact Caila Prendergast: CHUSAtraining@enterprisecommunity.org.


Vacancy Announcement- Grants Management Specialist, GS-9/11/12 (Permanent), Multiple Locations

Open: June 3, 2021
Close: June 17, 2021

Locations:

  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Seattle, WA
  • Phoenix, AZ

As a Grants Management Specialist, you will:

  • Act as a government technical monitor and participate in government technical evaluation panels and pre-proposal conferences.
  • 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.
  • Primarily responsible for managing relationships with participating tribally designated housing entities (TDHE), Indian tribes, and others involved in the administration of all applicable programs.

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Dear Tribal Leader Letter- FY 2022 IHBG Estimate Cover Letter

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/

Continue reading for more information.


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.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Coordinated Environmental Review Process Implementation Plan (May 27, 2021)

Since 2015 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has led an interagency workgroup to develop a coordinated environmental review. In 2015 the workgroup issued a Final Report identifying measures that could be taken to coordinate agencies’ environmental review processes within the existing framework. The workgroup is seeking your input and feedback on the final Implementation Plan. I encourage you to review the Implementation Plan, which can be found on CodeTalk. HUD is interested in your thoughts on the proposed action items in the Implementation Plan, as well as any ideas you have to address the Final Report recommendations and inefficiencies in the environmental review process. Comments, which must be received by July 23, 2021, at 11:59:59 EDT, can be sent via email to Codetalk@hud.gov. Comments and input will be considered before the Implementation Plan is finalized. Continue reading for more information.


Vacancy Announcement- Grants Evaluation Specialist, GS- 11/12 (Term Appointment), Multiple Locations

Open: May 26, 2021
Close: June 9, 2021

Locations:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Anchorage, AK

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 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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Vacancy Announcement- Grants Evaluation Specialist, GS- 9/11/12 (Permanent), Multiple Locations

Open: May 26, 2021
Close: June 9, 2021

Locations:

  • Seattle, WA
  • Denver, CO
  • Anchorage, AK

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 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, Multiple Locations

Open: May 20, 2021
Close: June 3, 2021

Locations:

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Seattle, WA

As a Grants Management Specialist, you will:

  • Act as a government technical monitor and participate in government technical evaluation panels and pre-proposal conferences.
  • 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.
  • Primarily responsible for managing relationships with participating tribally designated housing entities (TDHE), Indian tribes, and others involved in the administration of all applicable programs.

Apply Now


 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Financial Resources through the ARP Act of 2021 (April 19, 2021)

The ARP provides $1,400 Economic Impact Payment (EIP) stimulus checks to eligible individuals and $2,800 per eligible married couple filing jointly. These checks, which are now being distributed, will be sent to 85% of the country’s households and will provide much needed relief to families in our nation’s communities, both urban and throughout Indian Country. These payments are considered an advance tax credit, and therefore do not count for purposes of income determinations under HUD’s Indian housing programs.

Read the 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


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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