PIH - Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) - Competitive Grant Program

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, 2020 (Appropriations Act) (Public Law 116-94, approved December 20, 2019), Congress provided a total of $100,000,000 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 Act, HUD may transfer up to $1 million to the Program Office–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. Additional information is available at: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr-edge-research-022117.html

The Department recognizes that this additional IHBG funding provides an opportunity to fund strong and viable affordable housing projects in Indian Country. These projects could begin to address the concerns identified in the study.

Funding of approximately $ 91,013,382 is available through this NOFA. HUD expects to make approximately 20 awards from the funds available under this NOFA. 

The original posting for this Funding Opportunity contained the wrong Application Package. The NEW Application Package for Indian Housing Block Grant has been correctly associated to this Funding Opportunity, the package has been updated to include the OZ Certification Form. Additionally, the OZ Form has been removed from the downloadable instructions .zip file. All applicants should download a NEW application package to reflect the changes made.

Preference Points: This NOFA is offering preference points for Opportunity Zones (OZ) and Promise Zones (PZ)
Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6400-N-48
Funding Opportunity Title: Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) - Competitive Grant Program
Competition ID: FR-6400-N-48
CFDA No: 14.867
OMB Approval Numbers: 2577-0218
Opening Date: 08/11/2020
Deadline Date: 12/10/2020


Agency Contact:  Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to IHBGCompetitiveProgram@hud.govPersons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications.

Link: IHBG Homepage (https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/ih/grants/ihbg_cgp)