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Office of Native American Programs

The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) administers programs designed to support affordable housing and community development activities for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

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Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Applicant Training

The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) will host a national virtual two-day training webinar. Then, each Area Office (AONAP) will host a one-day follow-up training session. During the training sessions, ONAP will review the NOFO and application process, and address your questions.

Please see the times and dates below for the National Virtual Webinar training sessions. National Virtual Webinar Log-in details.

Day 1 – IHBG Competitive NOFO Applicant Training: The webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. EDT on February 21, 2024. You may join the webinar 10 minutes prior.

To join the webinar, click the link below:

https://intellor.webex.com/intellor/j.php?MTID=meb631416bf0558483b9b4a4c73c09dc9

Follow the prompts to connect to the event by computer or telephone. Event ID: 507569 You may choose an integrated computer or phone audio option once connected to the webinar.

Day 2 – IHBG Competitive NOFO Applicant Training: The webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. EDT on February 22, 2024. You may join the webinar 10 minutes prior.

To join the webinar, click the link below:

https://intellor.webex.com/intellor/j.php?MTID=m465b3c24e90291da6ce3231e3f19582c

Follow the prompts to connect to the event by computer or telephone. Event ID: 507570 You may choose an integrated computer or phone audio option once connected to the webinar.

Read the Dear Tribal Leader Letter to view additional information and dates for follow up training.


Indian Housing Block Grant-Competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity Frequently Asked Questions


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

Location: Seattle, WA

Open: February 8, 2024
Close: February 21, 2024

Apply Now


Dear Tribal Leader LetterIndian Community Development Block Grant Program Regulations – Tribal Consultation Schedule

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has started the rulemaking process to update the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program regulations (24 CFR Part 1003). In accordance with HUD’s Tribal Consultation Policy, the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is seeking Tribal feedback on these regulations, which have not been updated in nearly two decades. This Dear Tribal Leader letter announces additional dates and locations for upcoming ICDBG Tribal consultations. Below you will find a list of completed and upcoming Tribal consultation sessions. HUD may add other consultation sessions.

View Letter and Schedule


2024 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference

As the premier conference for community development, NICRC offers insights, emerging ideas, and promising practices shared by community development experts from around the country. The program includes our signature regulator-led sessions on Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). This year, attendees will learn about the current regulatory process as well as what to expect under the revised CRA regulation, which was issued on October 24, 2023.


TBCP Round 2 Applications Deadline Extended

ONAP would like to share that the second round of funding from the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will make approximately $980 million available to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian lands for the deployment of Internet infrastructure, affordability programs, telehealth, and distance learning initiatives. Applications are now due by March 22, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

For more information please visit the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Programs website.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- New Deadline for Submitting FY 2024 IHBG Formula Interim Funding Requests in the GEMS

ONAP is currently accepting IHBG Formula interim funding requests via GEMS through February 15, 2024. This deadline ensures that awards will be processed prior to the March 1, 2024, expiration of the Continuing Resolution (CR) under which HUD is currently operating. Interim funding requests should be submitted in GEMS. Please refer to the GEMS Grantee Guide for specific instructions on completing and submitting the request. This guide and other GEMS resources can be found at the GEMS webpage.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Program- Notice of Funding Opportunity

Under this NOFO, approximately $150 million is available to eligible Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) to carry out affordable housing activities for the benefit of low-income American Indian and Alaska Native families. In accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, HUD will prioritize grant applications that spur housing construction and rehabilitation. A great opportunity to grow, customize and build your community.

Applicants will have until 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, to submit applications. If applicants are unable to submit it electronically, they may request a waiver in accordance with Section IV.A. of the NOFO. Read Letter Now


Youth Homelessness System Improvement (YHSI) grant - Webinar Recording

Are you looking for new funding sources to address youth homelessness, youth aging out of foster care, and resources to create new systems for interdepartmental coordination?  Are you looking at opportunities to uplift Youth voices and provide leadership opportunities?

Join this webinar to learn more about how the Youth Homelessness System Improvement (YHSI) grants can support communities in either improving an existing response system for youth homelessness or establishing and implementing a new response system. The grants focus on systemic change by funding projects that create and build capacity for Youth Action Boards; collect and use data on at-risk youth and youth experiencing homelessness; develop strong leaders within a community; and improve the coordination, communication, operation, and administration of homeless assistance projects to better serve youth, including prevention and diversion strategies.

Recording and Powerpoint (December 19, 2023)

Powerpoint (January 18, 2024)


HUD Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Rule Making Technical Conforming Changes to ICDBG Program Regulations

HUD has issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/01/10/2024-00039/submission-for-community-development-block-grant-program-consolidated-plans-and-indian-community.  This rule proposes to make various changes to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program regulations.  As part of this rulemaking effort, HUD is also making some conforming technical changes to the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) regulations.

All public comments are due March 11, 2024.  HUD strongly encourages Tribes to provide HUD with feedback through the public comment process.

Please note that this is not the rule that the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is currently conducting Tribal consultation on.

Read the Proposed Changes Now


HUD Expands ConnectHomeUSA Initiative, Closing the Digital Gap for Families

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is announcing the opening of a new round of applications for the expansion of the ConnectHomeUSA (CHUSA) initiative so that more HUD-assisted families have access to affordable internet.  CHUSA is HUD’s signature digital inclusion program that assists Public Housing Authorities, Tribes, and Multifamily housing providers build programs that help their residents connect to affordable internet service and computer devices, while also providing them with digital skills training. CHUSA was launched in 2015 to close the homework gap in twenty-eight pilot communities. Since that time, 100 communities have participated in the initiative, which is widely recognized by practitioners as an effective strategy for closing the digital divide.

Application Information

Communities interested in applying should send a Letter of Intent that responds to the requirements outlined in the Federal Register Notice to CHUSA_applications@hud.gov.   

HUD is accepting applications from December 19, 2023, until February 15, 2024.  

Additional Information for Applicants

For more information, please visit www.hud.gov/connecthomeusa. Questions about the ConnectHomeUSA expansion can be directed to: ConnectHome@hud.gov. 


EPA Opens Competition for Community Change Grant Program

The EPA has recently opened the competition for the Community Change Grant Program, that has $2 billion dollars in funding for disadvantaged communities. The program aims to fund community-based grants for projects that reduce pollution and carbon emissions, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to respond to environmental and climate justice challenges such as extreme heat and flooding. Resilience improvements to housing infrastructure are eligible.  The awards will range from $10-$20 million. The application for this grant program is rolling through November 1, 2024, with the opportunity resubmit your application if it is not initially accepted. Technical assistance is available for this application and can be accessed by filling out this request form or calling 1 (800) 540-8123.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter- IHBG Formula Census Challenge Deadline Date Change

The purpose of this Dear Tribal Leader letter is to inform Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) that HUD is extending the deadline for FY 2025 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Formula Census Challenges from March 30, 2024 to July 29, 2024. Additionally, this letter announces that Tribes and TDHEs are now able to access their FY 2025 IHBG Formula Needs Data on-line here https://ihbgformula.com/2025-needs-data/

The regulatory waiver that provides for the Census Challenge deadline extension is linked here: 2025 Census Challenge Regulatory Deadline


 

Neighborhood Access and Equity (NAE) Grant Program

The Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant (NAE) Program. Tribes are eligible to apply. The NAE Program provides $3.2 billion in Inflation Reduction Act funds for projects that improve walkability, safety, and affordable transportation access and address existing transportation barriers, especially in disadvantaged or underserved communities. The program also provides funding for planning and capacity building activities in disadvantaged or underserved communities, and funding for technical assistance to local governments to facilitate effective planning for surface transportation projects. View the NAE Program page for more information about eligible projects, facilities, and recipients.


 

 

ONAP Offices & Contacts


HUD Building
WASHINGTON D.C.
Alaska ONAP
ANCHORAGE, AK
EWONAP Chicago
CHICAGO, IL
Hawaii Office
HONOLULU, HI
NPONAP
DENVER, CO
NWONAP
SEATTLE, WA
SPONAP
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
SWONAP
PHOENIX, AZ

 

 


Tribal Contacts by Region


U.S. Map Showing Location of ONAP OfficesNorthwest Office Northern Plains OfficeSouthwest OfficeSouthern Plains OfficeEastern Woodlands OfficeAlaska Office

 

Loan Guarantees for Homeownership and Housing Development


Home Loan Guarantee Program for American Indian and Alaska Native Families, Alaska Villages, Tribes, or Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs)

Section 184 Loan Guarantee Program

The Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program is a home mortgage product specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native families, Alaska villages, tribes, or tribally designated housing entities. Congress established this program in 1992 to facilitate homeownership and increase access to capital in Native American Communities.

 

Loan Guarantee Program for Homeownership on Hawaiian Home Lands

Section 184A Loan Guarantee Program

The Hawaiian Homelands Homeownership Act of 2000 adds a new Section 184A to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 which authorized the Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee Program. The regulations for Section 184A was published as an Interim Rule on June 13, 2002, and are found at 24 CFR part 1007. The program is designed to offer home ownership, property rehabilitation, and new construction opportunities for eligible Native Hawaiian individuals and families wanting to own a home on Hawaiian home lands.

 

Loan Guarantee Program for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities

Title VI Loan Guarantee Program

The Title VI Loan Guarantee program allows recipients of Indian Housing Block Grant Funds to use current and future fund allocations as a means of leverage to obtain HUD guaranteed financing. As a borrower, tribes, Alaska Native Villages or TDHEs (with tribe approval) will collaborate with an approved lender to prepare and submit required documents for HUD review. Once approved, HUD will provide the lender with the loan guarantee and the borrower can start the intended project. Obtaining a Title VI guaranteed loan permits borrowers to develop their project at today's cost; avoiding the need to save funds over several years and incurring the risk of potential cost increases.

 

ONAP COVID Recovery Programs


The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP)

On March 11, 2021, the President signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Public Law 117-2), which provides $750 million dollars in HUD resources to Indian Country to support the continued fight against COVID-19.  Specifically, the ARP includes $450 million for the Indian Housing Block Grant program, $280 million for the Indian Community Development Block Grant program, $5 million for the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant program, and $10 million for related technical assistance resources.

Please visit the ONAP-ARP 2021 website for specific program details, guidance and resources.

 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020. This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Please visit the ONAP-CARES Act website for specific program details, guidance and resources.

 

Find more COVID-19 Recovery Resources

ONAP Programs & Funding Opportunities


The Office of Native American Programs administers the following five grant programs.

Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)

Established by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA), the IHBG program is a formula based grant program. Eligible activities include housing development, assistance to housing developed under the Indian Housing Program, housing services to eligible families and individuals, crime prevention and safety, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems. Visit the IHBG website for additional program and funding information.

Indian Housing Block Grant-Competitive Grant Program

Under the program, eligible Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) receive grants to carry out a range of affordable housing activities. Grant funds may be used to develop, maintain, and operate affordable housing in safe and healthy environments on Indian reservations and in other Indian areas and carry out other affordable housing activities. Grant funds must be used to primarily benefit low-income Indian families.  Visit the IHBG Competitive website for additional program and funding information.

Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG)

Awarded under an annual competition, Indian Community Development Block Grants provide single purpose grants for housing rehabilitation, land acquisition, community facilities, infrastructure construction, and economic development activities that benefit primarily for low and moderate income persons. Visit the ICDBG website for additional program and funding information.

Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program (Tribal HUD-VASH)

In January 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a demonstration program to offer a permanent home and supportive services to Native American Veterans who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing program (Tribal HUD-VASH) will provide rental assistance and supportive services to Native American veterans who are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness living on or near a reservation or other Indian areas.  Indian tribes and TDHEs participating in this program must partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide case management and supportive services to eligible Native American veterans. Visit the Tribal HUD-VASH website for additional program and funding information.

Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG)

NAHASDA was amended in 2000 to add Title VIII-Housing Assistance for Native Hawaiians. The amendment to NAHASDA added a similar program for Native Hawaiians who reside on Hawaiian Home Lands to the Indian Housing Block Grant. Visit the NHHBG website for additional program and funding information.

Visit Grants.gov to view current and past Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO).

 

Tribal Leader Resources


Tribal Leader Webpage

As Tribal Leaders, your leadership skills and vision are needed to create safe and prosperous communities. The Tribal Leader Resource webpage shares valuable information and provides tools useful in the administration of housing and community/economic development programs.

 

Tribal Housing-TDHE Resources


Tribal Housing-TDHE Webpage

As Tribal Housing Board of Commissioners, Executive Directors and housing staff, your hard work and efforts create safe and prosperous communities for Native families by expanding homeownership and affordable housing opportunities; empowering residents of Indian housing through the creation of jobs and economic development opportunities; enforcing fair housing opportunities; making Indian housing development drug-free; and helping to end overcrowding and homelessness. The Tribal Housing-TDHE Resource webpage shares valuable information and provides tools useful in the administration of housing and community/economic development programs.

 

Training Opportunities & Technical Assistance


Codetalk Calendar of Events

Codetalk Calendar of Events provides a month-to-month list of training opportunities hosted by ONAP and/or third party training providers under contract with ONAP.

ONAP Technical Assistance

To request training and technical assistance on a particular need, please complete the Technical Assistance Request Form and contact your respective ONAP Area Office. Examples of such technical assistance and training include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Indian Housing Plan (IHP)
  • Procurement
  • Conducting Environmental Reviews
  • Financial Management

NAHASDA Statute, Federal Regulations and Program Guidance


What Is NAHASDA

The Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) reorganized the system of housing assistance provided to Native Americans through the Department of Housing and Urban Development by eliminating several separate programs of assistance and replacing them with a block grant program. The two programs authorized for Indian tribes under NAHASDA are the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) which is a formula based grant program and Title VI Loan Guarantee which provides financing guarantees to Indian tribes for private market loans to develop affordable housing. Regulations are published at 24 CFR Part 1000.

NAHASDA was amended in 2000 to add Title VIII-Housing Assistance for Native Hawaiians. The amendment to NAHASDA adds similar programs for Native Hawaiians who reside on Hawaiian Home Lands.

Program Guidance

ONAP issues periodic guidance to assist Tribes and TDHEs with the administration of housing programs. Select the above link to Visit ONAP's Program Guidance page.

HUD Tribal Consultation & Negotiated Rulemaking


HUD Tribal Consultation Webpage

HUD acknowledges the sovereignty of federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, and is committed to operate within a government-to-government relationship to allow tribes the maximum amount of responsibility for administering their housing programs. To accomplish this objective, HUD consults with American Indian and Alaska Native governments, TDHEs and national Native organizations when developing legislation, regulations and policies that affect tribes.

Historic Preservation Tribal Consultation

Agency officials must consult with federally-recognized Indian tribes when a HUD-assisted project may affect historic properties of religious and cultural significance to them. Tools available on the Historic Preservation webpage provide information and guidance on when and how to carry out effective, respectful consultation with tribes. Note that only the agency official – HUD program staff or the certifying official of the Responsible Entity - may initiate tribal consultation; other parties like consultants, PHAs, lenders, or non-profit grantees may not initiate tribal consultation.

Negotiated Rulemaking Webpage

The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4101 et seq.) (NAHASDA) changed the way that housing assistance is provided to Native Americans. NAHASDA eliminated several separate assistance programs and replaced them with a single block grant program, known as the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program. In addition, Title VI of NAHASDA authorizes federal guarantees for the financing of certain tribal activities (Title VI Loan Guarantee Program). The regulations governing the IHBG and Title VI Loan Guarantee programs are located in part 1000 of HUD's regulations in title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations. In accordance with section 106 of NAHASDA, HUD developed the regulations with active tribal participation and using the procedures of the Negotiated Rulemaking Act of 1996 (5 U.S.C. 561-570).

Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Notices


PIH Notices Applicable to ONAP Programs

Select the above link to view current and past PIH Notices related to administration of ONAP programs.

All PIH Notices

View all PIH Notices published from 1994 to-date.

Tribal Leader Letters


Dear Tribal Leader Letters

The Office of Native American Programs publishes Dear Tribal Leader Letters as a means of communication with Tribal Leaders. Examples of Tribal Leader Letters include but are not limited to; requests for consultation, formal notice of program changes, and notice of funding opportunites.

Environmental Resources


ONAP Environmental Resouces

An environmental review is the process of reviewing a project and its potential environmental impacts to determine whether it meets federal, state, and local environmental standards. The environmental review process is required for all HUD-assisted projects to ensure that the proposed project does not negatively impact the surrounding environment, and that the property site itself will not have an adverse environmental or health effect on residents. HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy (OEE) manages the overall environmental review process for HUD.

Environmental Resources on HUD Exchange

Welcome to the HUD Exchange environmental review website. The Office of Environment and Energy (OEE) manages the environmental review process for HUD.

GEMS


What is the Grants Evaluation and Management System (GEMS)

To promote effective and efficient administration of Tribal housing programs, the Office of Native American Programs is modernizing information technology systems to simplify the grant management process for Tribal recipients.  ONAP, with the assistance of HUD’s Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is developing a new system called the Grants Evaluation and Management System (GEMS).

 

 

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