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 eligible to reside on Hawaiian Home Lands. The Native Hawaiian programs include the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant and the Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The purpose of this notice is to provide guidance to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) on the transition period preceding the implementation of program changes brought about by the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA) and detailed in the final rule published in the Federal Register at 88 FR 9600 on February 14, 2023. Through this notice, HUD is providing DHHL a one-year transition period until January 1, 2025, to comply with the new definition of “annual income” as modified by HOTMA under the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG) program.
This final rule was published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2024, which amends HUD's regulations for the NHHBG program at 24 CFR part 1006. The amendments were designed to achieve three outcomes: ensure compliance with the NHHBG program's statutory requirements; promote consistency between NHHBG and IHBG program regulations where the programs' statutory requirements overlap; and clarify the NHHBG regulatory framework for rental housing assistance.
The Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG)
The Hawaii State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is the recipient of NHHBG funds. The use of NHHBG funds is limited to eligible affordable housing activities for low-income Native Hawaiians eligible to reside on Hawaiian home lands. More on NHHBG
Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee
The purpose of the Section 184A Native Hawaiian Housing Loan Guarantee is to provide access to sources of private financing on Hawaiian home lands. Section 184A permits HUD to guarantee 100% of the unpaid principal and interest due on an eligible loan. 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. More on 184A