HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $28 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

Grants leverage an extra $18 million for rural and tribal areas to address housing, poverty and jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – August 23, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) –– The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded more than $28 million to 46 rural and tribal communities throughout the nation to address distressed housing conditions and concentrated poverty. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said the grants from HUD’s new Rural Innovation Fund promote an ‘entrepreneurial approach’ to affordable housing and economic development in rural areas (see list of grants by the state of their service area below).

“Rural America is vast and diverse, and different communities face different challenges and opportunities,” said Donovan. “Because there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to strengthening rural communities, this funding provides flexible resources to address either housing or economic development needs, or both. This is especially important for communities that may have more limited access to resources because of their distant locations. These are catalytic projects that will have an impact on their communities for generations to come.”

For example, the Atmautluak Traditional Council in Alaska will train a construction workforce in green, energy-efficient new construction. Habitat for Humanity Lake County in California will repair and renovate 30 homes as part of its Jobs-for-Homes Project and hire local workers in the process. The Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation in Minnesota will provide business financing to redevelop an abandoned commercial facility for the production of biomass heating pellets, capitalizing on the area’s supply of wood and logging residue, and linking in low-skilled area workers in the process. The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin will create a visitors center to promote tribal businesses and provide a venue for the work of local crafts and tradespersons.

HUD’s new Rural Innovation Fund offers grants of up to $2 million to support innovative housing and economic development activities in 19 states throughout the country. HUD received 307 applications from 48 states for over $236 million, almost 10 times the amount available. Eligible applicants were federally recognized Indian tribes, state housing finance agencies (HFAs), state community development agencies, local rural non-profit organizations, community development corporations, or consortia of these groups. Grantees can use their grant funding to support a variety of housing and economic development activities including construction, preparation of plans, land acquisition, demolition, homeownership counseling, and financial assistance.

HUD awarded Rural Innovation Fund grants in three categories:

  • Comprehensive Grants – 7 Comprehensive grants, in which grantees have examined the social, housing and economic needs and resources of their target areas and made proposals that address these needs through activities that will have sustained benefit and resources after HUD assistance is used. The maximum grant amount was $2,000,000 for this category.
  • Single Purpose Grants – 31 Single Purpose grants, for more targeted initiatives, which typically focus primarily on either housing or economic development. The maximum award amount was $300,000 for this category.
  • Economic Development and Entrepreneurship for Federally Recognized Tribes – 8 Indian Economic Development and Entrepreneurship grants, awarded from $5 million set aside for applications for federally recognized Indian tribes. The maximum award amount was $800,000 for this category.

Highlights of the Awards include:

  • 19 states are represented among the service areas, including Alaska and Puerto Rico.
  • 27 awardees – over half – are tribes or tribal affiliates. Tribal organizations were competitive in all categories under the NOFA.
  • 789 housing units are proposed for low income beneficiaries.
  • 655 total jobs will be created through activities assisted by the grants. Jobs include 178 construction jobs and 460 permanent jobs.
  • Grantees have proposed to leverage over $18 million in other funds for their respective projects.

Read complete grant summaries for each grant announced today.

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on Twitter at @HUDnews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD.

 

FY 2010 Rural Innovation Fund Awards

 

State

City

Grant Type

Grantee

Grant Amount

Alaska

Atmautluak

Indian ED

Village of Atmautluak

$798,888

 

Kake

Indian ED

Organized Village of Kake

$567,908

Arizona

Nogales

Comp

Nogales Community Development Corporation

$1,999,177

 

Elfrida

Single Purpose

Elfrida Citizens Alliance Inc

$300,000

 

 

Ajo

 

Single Purpose

The International Sonoran Desert Alliance

$300,000

 

Peridot

Single Purpose

San Carlos Housing Authority

$300,000

 

Arkansas

 

Arkadelphia

Comp

Southern Bancorp Capital Partners

$1,998,621

California

Happy Camp

Indian ED

Karuk Tribe

$392,266

 

 

Lower Lake

 

Single Purpose

Habitat for Humanity Lake County

$300,000

 

 

Temecula

 

Single Purpose

All Mission Indian Housing Authority

$300,000

 

 

Pauma Valley

 

Single Purpose

La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians

$300,000

 

 

Hemet

 

Single Purpose

Santa Rosa Band of Mission Indians

$300,000

 

 

Anza

 

Single Purpose

Cahuilla Band of Indians

$300,000

 

 

Loleta

 

Single Purpose

Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria

$300,000

Illinois

Normal

Single Purpose

YBMC Inc. (dba: YouthBuild McLean County)

$300,000

State

City

Grant Type

Grantee

Grant Amount

Kentucky

Mayfield

Single Purpose

Purchase Area Housing Corporation

$300,000

 

Hazard

Single Purpose

Housing Development Alliance, Inc.

$300,000

 

Louisville

Single Purpose

Young Adult Development in Action,Inc.

$300,000

 

Somerset

Single Purpose

Southeast Kentucky Economic Development  Corporation

$300,000

Louisiana

Ferriday

Single Purpose

Macon Ridge Community Development Corporation

$300,000

 

Belle Chasse

Single Purpose

Pilgrim Rest Community Development Agency

$300,000

Michigan

Baraga

Single Purpose

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Housing and Community Development Corporation

$300,000

 

Minnesota

 

Detroit Lakes

 

Single Purpose

Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation

$300,000

 

Mississippi

 

Lexington

 

Comp

Community Students Learning Center

$1,974,462

Montana

 

Box Elder

Comp

Chippewa Cree Tribe

$2,000,000

 

Lame Deer

Single Purpose

Northern Cheyenne Tribal Housing Authority

$300,000

 

Pablo

Single Purpose

Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority

$300,000

   

Single Purpose

Walking Shield, Inc. of Lake Forest, California

$300,000

 

State

 

City

 

Grant Type

 

Grantee

 

Grant Amount

New Mexico

San Felipe Pueblo

Comp

San Felipe Pueblo Housing Authority

$1,660,000

 

Taos

Indian ED

Taos Pueblo

$799,997

 

Santa Fe

Single Purpose

Northern Pueblos Housing Authority

$300,000

Oklahoma

Durant

Indian ED

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

$776,294

 

Hugo

Single Purpose

Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc.

$300,000

 

Wewoka

Single Purpose

Housing Authority of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

$300,000

Puerto Rico

 

Comp

PathStone Corporation of  Rochester, New York

$2,000,000

 

Mayaguez

Single Purpose

Instituto para el Desarrollo Socioeconomico y de Vivienda PR

$300,000

South Dakota

Pine Ridge

Comp

Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Housing

$2,000,000

 

Kyle

Single Purpose

The Lakota Fund, Inc.

$300,000

 

Pine Ridge

Single Purpose

Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial, Inc.

$300,000

 

Eagle Butte

Single Purpose

Four Bands Community Fund, Inc.

$300,000

Texas

New Caney

Single Purpose

Motivation Education & Training, Inc.

$300,000

 

State

 

City

 

Grant Type

 

Grantee

 

Grant Amount

Virginia

 

Single Purpose

National Council on Agricultural Life & Labor Research Fund of Dover, DE

$300,000

Washington

Usk

Indian ED

Kalispel Tribe of Indians

$240,970

 

Nespelem

Indian ED

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

$799,750

Wisconsin

Hayward

Indian ED

Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

$789,063

 

Tomah

Single Purpose

Ho-Chunk Housing and Community Development Agency

$300,000

         
      TOTAL:

$28,097,396

Contact:
Elena Gaona
(202) 708-0685



 


 

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