FY 2019 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program - Competitive Grants

This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announces the availability of Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)--Competitive Grants.  The IHBG program is authorized under Title I of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, as amended, (25 U.S.C. 4101 et seq.) (NAHASDA). 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.

In the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Appropriations Acts), Congress provided a total of $200,000,000 for competitive grants to eligible IHBG recipients authorized under NAHASDA in addition to formula-based funding. This NOFA describes the criteria that HUD will use to award IHBG Competitive grants, and outlines program requirements. Consistent with the Appropriations Acts, HUD intends to transfer $2 million to the Program Office Salaries and Expenses–Public and Indian Housing account for the administration and oversight of grants awarded under this NOFA.

In January 2017, HUD released a study entitled, “Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas: A Report From the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs.” Among the findings, the study found that tribal households are substantially worse than other U.S. households, with overcrowding in tribal areas being especially severe. The study noted that in the 2013-2015 period alone, 68,000 new units would have been necessary to help eliminate overcrowding and replace physically deteriorating units.

Funding of up to $198,000,000 is available through this NOFA. 

Funding Opportunity Number:  FR-6300-N-48
Opportunity Title:  FY19 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program - Competitive Grants
Competition ID:  FR-6300-N-48
CFDA No.:  14.867
OMB Approval Numbers:  2577-0218
Opening Date:  May 7, 2019
Deadline Date:  August 8, 2019