U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced this week more than $655 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) to Native American Tribes in 38 States.
The Navajo Nation has received the largest sum of money to increase affordable housing on its reservation: $72,872,295, followed by the Cherokee Nation at $30,709,651. Meanwhile, other substantial funds went to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina: $14,861,216, and to Cook Inlet Region, Inc., an Alaska Native Corporation: $14,040,730.
Funding is distributed to eligible Tribes and their Tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) to carry out a range of affordable housing activities in their communities.
“President Trump and HUD are committed to providing our Native American Tribes with the tools they need to create better, affordable housing opportunities for their families,” said Secretary Ben Carson. “These grant funds will allow local leaders to build stronger and vibrant communities that drive more economic development.”
“HUD is committed to helping Native Americans thrive and the funding announced today helps them build sustainable communities,” added Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing R. Hunter Kurtz.
Indian Housing Block Grants primarily benefit low-income Native American and Alaska Native families. The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the Tribe or TDHE. Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, operation and modernization of existing housing, housing services to eligible families and individuals, housing management services, crime prevention and safety activities, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems in Indian Country.
The final allocation summaries are posted on the ONAP Codetalk website.