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HUD's Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) administers housing and community development programs that benefit American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal members, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American organizations. Read more about ONAP’s mission, funding programs, directory, and program accomplishments.
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Census Challenge Waiver Form Issued
September 15, 2017

In Accordance with 1000.336(d), tribes must submit Census challenges to HUD by March 30, 2017 for consideration for the FY 2018 IHBG Formula allocation. This year, tribes/TDHEs may be notified of their Needs data by June 1, 2017 or later. As such, a Census Challenge Waiver has been issued, extending the submission deadline to March 30, 2018. Contact the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center 1-800-410-8808 with questions.

FY 2017 Indian Community Development Block Grant Awards- $55 Million for Housing and Community Development Project in 77 Native Communities
September 14, 2017

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $55.2 million to 77 Native American tribes throughout the country to improve housing conditions and to stimulate economic development in their communities. HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program is a competitive program that supports a wide range of community development and affordable housing activities, from new housing for individual families to community amenities like rec centers or water lines. Read the full Press Release Here.

FY 2018 IHBG Formula Estimates
September 13, 2017

Click Here for the following information:

  • Impact of Single/Multi-Race Provision on the FY 2018 IHBG Estimate Allocations: Narrative, Tribes' Formula Components, and Needs Variables (MS-Excel)
  • FY 2018 Estimate Summary – CAS
  • FY 2018 Estimate Summary - Formula Area
  • FY 2018 Estimate Summary - Needs and Allocation
  • FY 2018 Estimate Summary - Section 8
  • FY 2018 Estimate Summaries (MS-Excel)
  • The American Community Survey Implementation Analysis (MS-Excel)
  • Phase Down Schedule (MS-Excel)
  • FY 2018 Estimate Cover Letter
  • FY 2018 Estimate Correction Letter
  • FY 2018 Estimate Appendices
  • FY 2018 Estimate Calendar of Critical Deadlines and Frequently Asked Questions
  • FY 2018 Estimate Corrections/Challenge Log 

PIH Notice Announcement
August 31, 2017

On November 22, 2016, HUD published the final rule revising the IHBG allocation formula authorized by section 302 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, as amended (NAHASDA). These regulations, which became effective on December 22, 2016, update the regulations at 24 CFR part 1000. Three notices (PIH 2017-14, PIH 2017-15, and PIH 2017-16) have been published to provide information related to these changes.

Dear Participating Lenders Letter- NEW! Computerized Loan Origination System for Section 184 Home Loan Guarantees
August 3, 2017

HUD is introducing a new computer system to expedite the processing of mortgage loans for Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee Program. The system will with launch this month and available to all lenders with direct guarantee approval upon completion of scheduled training. See Dear Participating Lenders letter for more details.

Deadline extension to August 4, 2017 to apply for the ConnectHome Nation Expansion
August 2, 2017

This is a Dear Tribal Leader letter and enclosures announcing the expansion of the ConnectHome program, and inviting tribes to apply.  Over the next three years, HUD has plans to expand ConnectHome Nation by including 100 new communities, 25 of which will be rural or tribal. ConnectHome Nation is HUD’s program to connect low-income households to the Internet. To Apply visit,

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples Funding Opportunity
August 1, 2017

Grants to fund Native community-based projects in the areas of: health and well-being; leadership development; art and creativity; peace, equity, and justice; sustainable communities and economies; and the rights of Mother Earth. Grant awards range from $250 to $10,000. Native American/Indigenous peoples’ initiatives or projects that work within the community, and have a majority Indigenous/Native American staff, a board of directors and leadership that is at least 80 percent Indigenous peoples, and an annual operating budget of less than $200,000 are eligible to apply. Deadline: December 1, 2017. View the program website and application instructions here.

Dear Tribal Leader Letter – FY 2018 Formula Response Form delay and new deadline to Nov. 6, 2017
August 1, 2017

Due to delays in appropriations for FY 2017, the FY 2018 Indian Housing Block Grant Formula Response Form could not be accurately prepared by the June 1st date. Therefore, the FY 2018 Formula Response Form will be published no later than September 6, 2017. The deadline for tribes/TDHEs to respond to the Formula Response Form will be extended to November 6, 2017, which will still provide tribes/TDHEs the customary 60-day response period. Read the full Dear Tribal Leaders Letter Here.

Native Food Sovereignty Fellows VISTA positions now open for application!
July 25, 2017

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI), with generous support by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) through its Seeds of Native Health campaign, announce the opening of up to 20 VISTA positions available at up to 10 tribal governments and tribal communities throughout the United States. Fellows will work in teams placed in Native American communities to contribute to and assist in efforts focused on food sovereignty, food systems, and tribal economies that build opportunities in food and agriculture. All those interested can apply directly through the AmeriCorps VISTA website, which explains the application process. Space is limited, and we are looking to fill positions quicklyApply now! If you have any questions, please email Janie Hipp at, Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative.

Vacancy Announcement! Administrator for the Southwest Office of Native American Programs, GS-15, Phoenix, AZ
July 21, 2017

The Administrator position for the Southwest Office of Native American Programs in Phoenix, AZ is available on USAJOBS. The open period is: July 22, 2017 – August 5, 2017. Apply today!

FY 2017 IHBG Final Allocation Summaries Published
July 3, 2017

NOW AVAILABLE: Recorded HUD Webinar on Tiered Environmental Review
June 7, 2017

HEROS Tiered Environmental Review Webinar recording, slides, and transcript are available at: During the webinar, HUD staff presented an overview of the tiered review process and how Responsible Entities may use tiering to improve their environmental review procedures. HUD staff also demonstrate how tiered reviews are created using a single-family rehab program as a case study.

Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance, HHS Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans
May 30, 3017

Deadline to Apply is June 22, 2017. This program provides funding for projects to support assessments of the status of the native languages in an established community, as well as the planning, designing, restoration, and implementing of native language curriculum and education projects to support a community's language preservation goals.

Social and Economic Development Strategies, HHS Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans
May 30, 2017

Deadline to Apply is June 22, 2017. This program focuses on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities.

HUD Webinar on use of the Federal Historic Tax Credit

HUD recently sponsored a webinar on use of the federal Historic Tax Credit. The webinar is now available online to watch and share with your colleagues: Developers across the country are using the 20% federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) to rehabilitate historic properties for affordable housing, in rural communities as well as urban neighborhoods. Historic buildings represent a portfolio of potential sites with architectural quality and character, and established infrastructure. Developers can combine the HTC with other financing such as LIHTC, NMTC, State Historic Credits, and others. Historic affordable housing is good for communities and residents, reviving vacant or underutilized buildings, revitalizing neighborhoods, and supporting resident pride of place. And re-use is inherently greener than new construction! To see if a property in your community is listed on the National Register, click here. To see if your state has Historic Credits, click here. To see a comparison of HTC and LIHTC, click here. To learn more about the HTC application process, click here. State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) are front line partners with the National Park Service in the HTC program; click here to find your SHPO. 

ONAP Guidance 2017-04: Income Limits under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) Published
May 18, 2017

This guidance replaces Program Guidance 2016-02(R) with the latest HUD Income Limits. Click Here for a copy of the signed ONAP Guidance.

FREE Webinar: Using IPM to Control Bedbugs in Tribal Communities
May 9, 2017

The EPA Region 9 Tribal Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Health Network brings you Using IPM to Control Bedbugs in Tribal Communities, a webinar on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT. The webinar is a collaboration between US EPA Region 9 and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP). Experienced presenters will share their experiences about using Integrated Pest Management to Control Bedbugs in Tribal Communities. At the end of the webinar, participants will have an opportunity to ask presenters questions and to share approaches that have worked in their communities.

Participants will learn about:

  • How effective are conventional methods vs Integrated Pest Management (IPM) when it comes to bedbugs
  • How IPM improves public health
  • Specific IPM methods used to control bedbugs
  • How IPM has been implemented in tribal communities

Please use the following link to register:

Questions about this webinar? Please contact Priyanka Pathak or Mansel Nelson.

ICDBG NOFA Training Webcast Published
May 8, 2017

The FY 2017 Indian Community Development Block Grant NOFA Training webcast is available to view below: Deadline to apply for funds is May 18, 2017.

Webcast: Click here
NOFA Slides: Click here

ONAP Guidance 2017-07 provides potential applicants with a summary of the Department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). More information on the Funds Available page.

Census Challenge Waiver
April 24, 2017

In Accordance with 1000.336(d), tribes must submit Census challenges to HUD by March 30, 2017 for consideration for the FY 2018 IHBG Formula allocation. This year, tribes/TDHEs may be notified of their Needs data by June 1, 2017 or later. As such, a Census Challenge Waiver has been issued, extending the submission deadline to March 30, 2018.

FY 2017 Area Median Family Income and Income Limits Published
April 17, 2017

The Section 8 Income Limits are available at:, under the 2017 tab.

Similarly, Income Limits applicable to projected financed with Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) or section 142 tax exempt private equity bonds, known in HUD parlance as Multifamily Tax Subsidy Program (MTSP) Income Limits are available at:, under the tab 2017.

Call for Presentations & Save the Date: Asset Building Summit May 10-11, 2017, Albuquerque, NM
March 27, 2017

HUD’s Office of Native American Programs is pleased to announce, “Asset Building: A Pathway to Economic Self-Determination III” May 10-11, 2017 at the Isleta Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference will focus on asset building innovations in Indian Country and strategies for advancing economic opportunity around people and place. There is no charge to attend.  Funders, research & policy institutes, tribal governments, and asset building experts are encouraged to share their expertise and best practices. More information and to apply as a presenter or panelist, Click Here.

Sample topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Youth Programs
  • Home Ownership Initiatives
  • Financial Empowerment
  • Bank on Lending
  • Small Business Initiatives
  • Credit Building and Coaching
  • Individual Development Accounts
  • Higher Education
  • Community Collaborations
  • Tribal Assets
  • Rental Readiness
  • Land Buy Back
  • Economic Development
  • Policy Development
  • Leadership
  • Child savings accounts
  • Children’s Per Cap accounts
  • Asset Preservation

Housing Needs Study Technical Appendixes Published
March 27, 2017

Technical Appendixes have been published for the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs Report.  Visit the Report Homepage to download.  Report components include:

New webpage! Uniform Guidance: 2 CFR Part 200 training videos and resource tools
March 8, 2017

Presented by HUD’s Office of Native American Programs, website features a nine-part YouTube training sessions and additional resource materials on implementing the Office of Budget and Management’s New Uniform Guidance for the Indian Housing Block Grant and the Indian Community Development Block Grant Programs. Click Here

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