HUD AWARDS $8.3 MILLION TO NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES FOR HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

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Grants provided by HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant Program

WASHINGTON, DC – September 20, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $8.3 million in grants to tribal communities in nine states to improve or create housing and economic development opportunities for low- to moderate-income families. The competitive grants are provided through HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program to support a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities.

“These funds will help American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments create sustainable and community-driven solutions,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Housing and infrastructure needs in Indian Country are severe and widespread. I’m inspired by the work the tribal communities are taking on to leverage these funds and get their communities on the right track.”

For example, the native village of Kwinhagak in Alaska will expand its stock of energy-efficient, Arctic-appropriate housing, using both modern and native building technologies. Comanche Nation Housing Authority of Oklahoma will rehab more than two dozen houses for families currently living in substandard homes, including new roofs, doors, windows, insulation, electrical system and plumbing repairs, siding, flooring, cabinets and counters, and HVAC upgrades. In White Earth, New Mexico, a new 12,800-square-foot Workforce Development Center will provide workforce skills and vocational training to assist tribal members in obtaining employment.

In California, the Quechan Tribe will improve roads and sidewalks in a neighborhood with predominantly low and very-low income families with high amounts of foot traffic. In California, the Yurok Reservation will get multipurpose park and recreation facility. In Montana, families at the Mutual Help project in Northern Cheyenne will have their homes rehabbed to reduce the amount of substandard housing in the community.

The ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleuts and Eskimos,) or Alaska Native villages compete for this funding. The recipients use the funding to develop viable communities, including rehabilitating housing or building new housing or to buy land to support new housing construction.

The funding can also be used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities, and to create suitable living environments. To spur economic development, recipients have used the grants to establish a wide variety of commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. The grants have been used to build community and health centers, or to start businesses to support the community, such as shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenient stores/gas stations.

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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 @HUDnews, on facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s News Listserv.

 FY 2011 Indian Community Development Block Grants

 State  Recipient  City

Amount

Alaska Native Village of Kwinhagak Quinhagak

600,000

Alaska Knik Tribe Wasilla

81,668

California Quechan Tribally Designated Winterhaven

169,217

Montana Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority Pablo

641,578

New Mexico Mescalero Housing Authority Mescalero

655,783

Oklahoma Seneca-Cayuga Tribe Grove

718,962

Oregon Coos, Lower Umpqua Siuslaw Coos Bay

500,000

Oregon Coquille Indian Housing Coos Bay

500,000

Oregon Klamath Indian Tribe Chiloquin

500,000

South Dakota Crow Creek Housing Authority Fort Thompson

900,000

South Dakota Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Housing   Authority Pine Ridge

1,100,000

Washington Lummi Tribal Housing Bellingham

495,795

Washington Puyallup Nation Housing Tacoma

500,000

Washington Swinomish Housing Authority La Conner

500,000

Washington Spokane Tribe Wellpinit

112,454

Wisconsin St. Croix Chippewa Indians Webster

370,116

 TOTAL:    $8,345,573
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

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