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First Tribal EnVision Center in U.S. opens in Poteau

Choctaw Nation

Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr. are joined by representatives from the Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at the opening of the Choctaw Nation EnVision Center Friday, May 17 in Poteau.

POTEAU, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation opened the doors Friday, May 17 to the first EnVision Center run by and for Native Americans. Last summer, the Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was chosen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as one of 17 EnVision Center communities in the country. It was the only tribe selected.

That plan became reality when officials from the Choctaw Nation, HUD, Le Flore County and the City of Poteau came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony held in front of the center at 511 Nanih Waiya Rd., Poteau.

“It is an honor to partner with HUD on the EnVision Center pilot demonstration,” said Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “Their values align with ours and their service delivery encompasses much of our current philosophy. Our goal is to better the lives of our tribal citizens and we believe this partnership will do just that.”

Scott A. Grosfield, senior director of support services for the tribe’s housing authority, notes that the goal of an EnVision center is to offer families efficient access to support services that can help them achieve self-sufficiency. The housing authority sees this as an opportunity to enhance its service-coordination program that currently reaches across more than 10,000 square miles. In addition to the Poteau center, there will be temporary “pop-up offices” at various locations in the 10½ counties of the Choctaw Nation.

“The Choctaw Nation EnVision Center is an investment in America’s most important resource – our people,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The Center will offer helpful resources to tribal residents and promote self-sufficiency among Choctaw Nation, HUD-assisted households. Everyone can achieve their American dream – we just need to create conditions in which people can actualize their potential, and that’s what today’s opening is all about.”

For information, contact Shelby Holt, EnVision coordinator, at 918-647-3665, sholt@choctawnation.com or EnvisionCenter@choctawnation.com. The Choctaw Nation EnVision Center also has a web site at www.choctawnation.com/EnVisionCenter.


Notice of Funding Availability- Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Grant Program

May 17, 2019

On May 7, 2019, HUD published the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)-Competitive Grants Program.
This NOFA announces the availability of $198 million for competitive grants to Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities eligible to receive IHBG funding under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, as amended (25 U.S.C. 4101 et seq.). 

Locate and read the Dear Tribal Leader letter here.

ONAP has scheduled on-site and in-person trainings on IHBG Competitive program NOFA eligibility and requirements. The trainings will take place at all six (6) Area ONAP Field Office locations, as follows:

AONAP Office

City

State

Scheduled Training Dates

Alaska

Anchorage

AK

June 12-13, 2019

Northern Plains

Denver

CO

June 11-12, 2019

Southwest

Phoenix

AZ

June 19-20, 2019

Northwest

Seattle

WA

June 18-19, 2019

Southern Plains

Oklahoma City

OK

June 25-26, 2019

Eastern Woodlands

Chicago

IL

July 9-10, 2019

 Your Area ONAP will be in touch soon with details such as registration, location and times. ONAP staff will provide the training, and cover NOFA requirements, including threshold requirements, technical rating factors, and post-award reporting requirements. There will be opportunities to ask questions.


Vacancy Announcements!! 2-Senior Loan Guarantee Specialist, GS-1101-14, Headquarters, Washington, DC

May 16, 2019

As a Senior Loan Guarantee Specialist, you will evaluate loan files for compliance with sound underwriting decisions, prudent loan origination/ servicing practices and compliance with loan guarantee program requirements, plan and conduct on-site reviews of financial institutions participating in the Section 184 and Title VI program to monitor an evaluate their performance assuring consistency with program policies and requirements, 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, and develop and conduct, or participate in, training programs for ONAP staff, tribal officials, TDHE staff, Native Hawaiian staff and officials, and the financial community.

Open period: May 16, 2019 – May 29, 2019 APPLY HERE: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533766800


Section 184 Draft Proposed Regulations – Additional Consultation Sessions

May 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is currently revising the regulations for the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184) program, and recently, a copy of the draft proposed rule was sent to you for your review and comments. As part of HUD’s commitment to robust tribal consultation, HUD will be holding three consultation sessions with Tribes about the draft proposed rule.

View the Dear Tribal Leader Letter Here

May 16, 2019 National Teleconference:

UPDATE: This event has concluded and is no longer available. A recording of the session can be viewed here.

Call-in info for May 22, 2019 National Teleconference:

The conference begins at 2:00 PM Eastern Time on May 22, 2019; you may join the conference 10 minutes prior.

Step 1: Dial into the conference.

Dial-in: 1-877-369-5230 or 1-617-668-3632

Access Code: 0107155##

Need an international dial-in number?

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer.

Entry Link: http://ems8.intellor.com/login/814402


Vacancy Announcement! Loan Guarantee Specialist, GS-1101-13, Headquarters

May 13, 2019

As a Loan Guarantee Specialist you will, review lender and Tribal loan packages for compliance with Indian loan guarantee program requirements, evaluate loan files for compliance with sound underwriting decisions, prudent loan origination/ servicing practices and compliance with loan guarantee program requirements, plan and conduct on-site reviews of financial institutions participating in the Section 184 Loan Guarantee program, formulate guidelines and provide technical advice, guidance, and interpretation of complex policies and procedures regarding the Indian loan guarantee programs.

Open period: 5/10/19 – 5/23/19 APPLY HERE: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533207600


Vacancy Announcements!  Grants Evaluation Specialists, GS-09/11 FPL GS12, Office of Native American Programs in Albuquerque, NM 

May 9, 2019

As the Grants Evaluation Specialist, you will implement national policies, standards, procedures and guidelines with regard to the monitoring and evaluation of all applicable programs; provide guidance to Indian tribes and Tribally-Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) regarding the interpretation and application of grants evaluation program policies and procedures; 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; and 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.

APPLY HERE: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533067600 Application period closes May 23, 2019.


Determining and Using Program Income Under NAHASDA

PIH 2019-07- This notice replaces PIH Notice 2000-18 and provides guidance for determining and using program income generated by the use or disbursement of Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds.


FY2019 Income Limits Published

April 25, 2019

HUD develops income limits based on Median Family Income estimates and Fair Market Rent area definitions for each metropolitan area, parts of some metropolitan areas, and each non-metropolitan county. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets income limits that determine eligibility for assisted housing programs.  Access the complete data set and documentation at: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html


Dear Tribal Leader Letter from Secretary Carson regarding Opportunity Zones

April 19, 2019

Secretary Carson chairs the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council which oversees the development and progress of the Opportunity Zones program.  He is requesting feedback from Tribal leadership on recommendations that HUD can take to encourage investment in Opportunity Zones.  Read the full letter HERE.


Issued: ONAP Program Guidance 2019-01: Repayment of Federal Funds Process

April 18, 2019

This guidance is to inform tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) that the Federal Government no longer accepts checks, wire transfers, or credit cards for repayment of Federal debt; instead, any repayment of Federal funds must be made through Pay.gov ⸺ a secure, online system operated by the U.S. Treasury. This guidance provides the step-by-step procedure for making a repayment to the U.S. Treasury and replaces Program Guidance 2010-03. Click Here to read in full.


Indian Housing Block Grant Formula Allocations Published

April 16, 2019

Published today, final allocations for the Indian Housing Block Grant are available at: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/ih/codetalk/onap/ihbgformula.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter Section 184 Draft Proposed Regulations - Tribal 60-Day Comment Period

April 4, 2019

Published today, the Dear Tribal Leader Letter and Attached Draft Section 184 Proposed Regulations is available for Tribes to review and provide comment. Tribes will have 60 days from the date of this letter to submit comments on the proposed rule.  The letter provides instructions for submitting comments via email or mail.  Read the letter HERE, and the attachment HERE.  Questions can be sent to 184consultation@hud.gov.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter Introducing HUD’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Hunter Kurtz

March 28, 2019

Letter introduces HUD’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Hunter Kurtz. Included is an introductory letter to Tribal Leaders and TDHE Directors from Mr. Kurtz.  Read Full Letter Here.


Public and Indian Housing General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dominque Blom, visits the Muckleshoot Housing Authority

March 27, 2019

HUD's General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing visited the Muckleshoot Housing Authority in Washington to learn about their extensive housing programs and to tour their ICDBG rehabbed Skopabsh Village development, community garden, and IHBG-funded Maintenance Training Facility.

PIH Mary Margaret Jenkins, GDAS Dominque Blom, MHA ED Ama Tuato'o, MHA BOC Chair Warren KingGeorge, ONAP Administrator Tom Carney

60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program Information Collection

March 19, 2019

HUD published in the Federal Register (Docket No. FR-7015-N-03) a “60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program Information Collection”.  This notice provides an overview of proposed information collection in relation to the IHBG Formula and Competitive Awards and application components that may be required.  Comment period ends May 20, 2019.


Save the Date!  ONAP National Best Practice featuring Bering Straits Regional Housing Authority - May 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern  

March 18, 2019

ConstructionThe third installment of HUD's National Best Practices Webinar Series will feature HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary, Heidi Frechette, interviewing Christopher Kolerok, Executive Director of the Bering Straits Regional Housing Authority about their Title VI construction project in Savoonga featuring energy efficient construction utilizing their force account crew. 

The conference begins at 1:00 PM Eastern Time on May 23, 2019; you may join the conference 10 minutes prior.

Step 1: Dial into the conference.

Dial-in: 1-877-369-5243 

Access Code: 0358217##

Step 2: Join the conference on your computer.

Entry Link: http://ems8.intellor.com/login/813777


Dear Tribal Leader letter announces FY2019 Funding Amounts

February 15, 2019

Today the President signed the FY2019 funding bill that funds ONAP through September 30, 2019.  Highlights from the funding bill are as follows.  For complete comparison of FY2018 and FY2019 enacted amount Click Here to read the full Dear Tribal Leaders letter.  

Tribal HUD-VASH

 $4,000,000

Indian Housing Block Grant

 $755,000,000 

Indian Housing Loan Guarantee (Section 184)

 $1,440,000

Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant

 $2,000,000

Indian Community Development Block Grant

 $65,000,000

TOTAL: Office of Native American Programs

 $827,440,000


Meet Sharon! Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee homeowner

February 12, 2019

Section 184 homeowner “It was very rewarding to have the house keys handed to us”

Sharon Kidman of Albuquerque, New Mexico purchased a 3-bedroom, 1,750 square foot home in 2011 using the Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee Program.  Since program inception in 1992, HUD’s Office of Native American Programs has guaranteed nearly 43,000 loans providing $7.3 billion investment in Native communities.  To read her story, Click Here


Presentation Slides and Recording Available for ONAP Best Practice Webinar Series featuring: San Felipe Pueblo Housing Authority

December 6, 2018

San Felipe Pueblo homeThe second installment of HUD's National Best Practices Webinar Series will feature HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary, Heidi Frechette, interviewing Isaac Perez, Executive Director of the San Felipe Pueblo Housing Authority about their construction and renovation program to build homes that fit the traditional and cultural customs of the tribal members of the Pueblo of San Felipe. Through comprehensive planning, tribal input and coordination, and financed leveraging they were able to construct the first ever subdivision of the Pueblo of San Felipe. Learn about their Title VI conversion to 184 Loan process and tribal mortgage program. 

 


Section 184 Financing for Tribes webinar November 8th Recording Available

November 19, 2018

[PPT slide preview]The Section 184 Indian Home Loan Product is the #1 federal loan guarantee program serving American Indian and Alaska Native families across the country! Did you know that Tribe’s can also use the Section 184 loan to construct, rehabilitate, or acquire single families homes both on and off reservation?  The definition of Single Family includes a single unit, duplex, triplex, or a 4 plex.  As a tribe you can then use your units as rentals or sell it to families in your community.  Recorded webinar features Deanna Lucero, Section 184 Loan Guarantee Program Senior Loan Guarantee Specialist with the U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development.

Click Here for Presentation Slides

Click Here for YouTube Recording


 

ONAP Best Practices Webinar Series featuring: Lummi Nation Housing Authority 

September 25, 2018

Lummi Sche'Land'En VillageOn September 18th, HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary, Heidi Frechette, interviewed Diana Phair, Executive Director of the Lummi Nation Housing Authority about their Sche’Lang’En (Our Way of Life) Village, a 45-unit gated Transformational Housing with Supportive Services. Housing is intended for individuals and families making transformational life changes and/or recovering from homelessness, domestic violence, substance use disorders, and looking to reunify with their children. Utilizing a $5,600,000 Title VI loan to complete the project, the detached homes are clustered in pods of four with a shared covered alcove to encourage families to get to know one another. The village features walking paths encourage exercise; community facility used for weekly meetings, playgrounds, and, a community garden provides fresh vegetables for families.

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