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ONAP Best Practices

Many recipients of Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) and Indian Community Development Block Grants (ICDBG) have used those funds creatively and effectively to improve the quality of life for their members.

Tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities, or resident organizations are encouraged to share their IHBG or ICDBG best practices on this website.  Email codetalk@hud.gov to submit your best practice. 

Click the boxes below to review the best practices by:

Activity Type

  • Infrastructure
  • Public Facilities
  • Homeownership
  • Rental Housing


  • Alaska
  • Northern Plains
  • Eastern/Woodlands
  • Northwest
  • Hawaii
  • Southern Plains
  • Southwest

Other Best Practices

The links below provide additional best practice information. ONAP provides these resources for public benefit and is not responsible for the content.

EM Newsletter Front CoverPD&R’s latest publication explores housing issues in Indian Country with a focus on tribal self-determination.

Evidence Matters | Transforming Knowledge Into Housing and Community Development Policy, Spring 2015 - Report explores housing issues in Indian Country with a focus on tribal self-determination. Includes articles on the development and implementation of federal policies that empower tribal self-determination in housing policy, federal and tribal initiatives to improve data concerning Native American populations and examines how tribal communities have addressed unique barriers to homeownership.  Featured tribal communities include: the Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Native Village of Kwinhagak, Navajo Nation Housing Authority, Thunder Valley Development Corporation of South Dakota, the Ho-Chunk Community Development Corporation, and the Lumbee Tribe.

In this Issue:

Tribal HousingBest Practices in Tribal Housing – Case Studies 2013
A Report by the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners.




PD&R Best Practices Website

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) developed the Sustainable Construction in Indian Country Initiative.  The Initiative seeks to promote and support sustainable construction practices in Native communities, helping tribes to provide their members with healthier, more comfortable, and more resource-efficient homes. The related website contains best practices, case studies, and videos of different sustainable building practices and projects throughout Indian Country. 

Best Practice ImagePD&R’s Final Report Sustainable Construction in Indian Country Initiative May 2011-May 2013.  





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