OFFICE OF NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS (ONAP)
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.
The CARES Act provides fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries.
Please visit the ONAP-CARES Act website for specific program details, guidance and resources.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY COVID RECOVERY PROGRAMS
Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA)
The American Rescue Plan Act provided $800 million in funds to Tribes and TDHEs to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grantees use the funds to provide assistance to eligible households through existing or newly created rental assistance programs. The funding payments can be found here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Payments-to-Tribes-and-TDHEs.pdf
The Emergency Rental Assistance program is administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury and all questions related to eligibility and program management should be directed to them. Tribes and TDHEs that have questions related to the implementation of the ERA funds should direct them to: EmergencyRentalAssistance@treasury.gov
Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF)
The American Rescue Plan Act provided up to $498 million for Tribes or Tribally Designated Housing Entities and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to provide relief for our country’s most vulnerable homeowners.
The purpose of the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) is to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after January 21, 2020. Funds from the HAF may be used for assistance with mortgage payments, homeowner’s insurance, utility payments, and other specified purposes. The law prioritizes funds for homeowners who have experienced the greatest hardships, leveraging local and national income indicators to maximize the impact.
The Homeowner Assistance Fund provides:
- $498 million for Tribes or Tribally designated housing entities and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
Notice of Funds Request
- The deadline for a Tribe, a Tribal entity, or the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to submit a notice of funds request is September 30, 2021.
- The Department of the Treasury strongly encourages eligible entities to review the program resources linked below and to elect to participate in the Homeowner Assistance Fund.
- On April 16, 2021, the Department of the Treasury will make available an electronic portal on this webpage through which eligible entities will be able to complete and submit (1) a notice of funds request; (2) the HAF financial assistance agreement; and (3) a payment information form.
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