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HUD's Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) administers housing and community development programs that benefit American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal members, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American organizations. Read more about ONAP’s mission, funding programs, directory, and program accomplishments.

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Tribal feedback on proposed fee increase for participation in Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Program
June 24, 2016

Dear Tribal Leader Letter request your comments on a proposal to increase the annual fee that borrowers must pay to participate in the Indian Housing Loan Guarantee program, also known as the Section 184 program for all new loan guarantees beginning in FY 2017. The comment period will be open until July 23, 2016.

HUD to Establish a Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee – Request for Comments on Committee Structure due July 23, 2016
June 23, 2016

Published today is a request for comments and recommendations regarding the establishment of a Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (TIAC), consisting of tribal representatives, to assist HUD further develop and maintain its Indian housing programs. The TIAC is intended to further communications between HUD and Federally recognized Indian tribes on HUD programs, make recommendations to HUD regarding current program regulations, provide advice in the development of HUD’s American Indian and Alaska Native housing priorities, and encourage peer learning and capacity building among tribes and non-tribal entities. Consistent with HUD’s Tribal Government-to-Government Consultation Policy, this notice solicits input on the structure of the TIAC. Comments are due July 23, 2016. Click here

HUD Final Tribal Government-to-Government Consultation Policy published in Federal Register today!
June 23, 2016

HUD’s final Tribal Government-to-Government Consultation Policy follows publication of an April 8, 2015, request for public comment on HUD’s proposed Tribal Consultation Policy and, after consideration of the public comments submitted in response to the April 8, 2015, notice, adopts the proposed policy without change. All of the materials leading up and including this final policy can be viewed on HUD’s Tribal Consultation website.

Coming Soon! Housing Needs Study Draft Report to be issued July 7, 2016
June 21, 2016

HUD will issue the draft report of the Housing Needs Study in Indian Country and requests that tribes review and comment on the report by August 23, 2016. Click Here for Dear Tribal Leaders letter.

FAQs for 2016 Indian Community Development Block Grants Published
June 6, 2016

The FY2016 Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages (ICDBG) Notice of Funding Availability has been posted on 
(Funding Opportunity FR-6000-N-23).  The ICDBG Program provides eligible grantees with direct grants for use in developing viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low and moderate income persons.  Applications are due by June 14, 2016.  

Click here to Apply

NEW! FAQs updated June 6, 2016

Spokane Tribe of Indians of Washington and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota named 2016 Promise Zone by President Obama
June 6, 2016

The Obama Administration today named the final nine Promise Zones across the country - high poverty areas in select urban, rural and tribal communities. Through the Promise Zone Initiative, the Federal government will work strategically with local leaders to boost economic activity and job growth, improve educational opportunities, reduce crime and leverage private investment to improve the quality of life in these vulnerable areas. Read the full Press Release Here

Additional information on rural and Tribal Promise Zones is available at

Improved on-line tool to facilitate consultation with Indian Tribes about HUD-assisted development under Section 106 Historic Preservation
May 31, 2016

HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy, has completed a new update of the Tribal Directory Assessment Tool( TDAT 2.1), a database of tribal contact information and geographic areas of current or ancestral interest. It is used to identify Indian tribes that may have an interest in consulting on HUD-assisted projects that might impact historic properties of religious and cultural significance, as required under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 review process. TDAT does not include the locations of specific archeological sites. The Section 106 review process requires consultation about historic properties of religious and cultural significance to tribal communities. Additional information about Section 106 and tribal consultation is available at:

Tribal Consultation on proposed rule to revise the Indian Housing Block Grant Formula
May 31, 2016

This Dear Tribal Leader Letter informs leaders of Native American and Native Hawaiian programs that a proposed rule was published today in the Federal Register that would revise the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program allocation formula authorized by section 302 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, as amended (NAHASDA). Comments are due by August 1, 2016.

Heidi J. Frechette selected Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), effective Tuesday, May 31, 2016
May 25, 2016

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Lourdes Castro Ramirez, is pleased to announce the selection of Heidi J. Frechette (Menominee/Brothertown) to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) of the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP).

In this capacity, Ms. Frechette will manage a budget of more than $700 million and lead a team of approximately 140 professional employees in Washington, DC, and across the nation. This team works closely with 567 American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities, to provide quality affordable housing, improve housing infrastructure, expand self-sufficiency initiatives, increase homeownership opportunities, and develop thriving economies. Read More about Ms. Frechette's background and prior work experience.

USDA is hosting technical assistance webinars on Supportive Housing for Tribes
May 24, 2016

Click Here for more info and flyer on the webinar series on “Permanent Supportive Housing: A Comprehensive Approach to Tribal Housing.”

WEBINAR I: June 3, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time 
• Marilyn Zimmerman / Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
• Dede Devine / Native American Connections
• Liz Drapa / Corporation for Supportive Housing

WEBINAR II: June 15, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time 
• Karen Diver / White House Domestic Policy Council, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
• Ben Bement / White Earth Dream Catcher Homes
• Dede Devine / Native American Connections

WEBINAR III: June 21, 2016, 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time 
• Tedd Buelow / USDA Rural Development
• Tom Carney / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
• Martha Egan, Rachel Ryan, Heather Zenone, Maia Banks-Scheetz, Stanley Koutstaal, and Rachel Gwilliam / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
• Traci Mouw / USDA Food and Nutrition Service 

White House 2016 Youth Summer Opportunity Project Dear Tribal Leader Letter
May 16, 2016

HUD is excited to be partnering with the White House on the 2016 Youth Summer Opportunity Project. This Dear Tribal Leader Letter lists several federal resources that are available to help young people in your communities.

To highlight your on-going efforts to provide young people with employment and job-readiness experiences this summer, please participate in the White House’s My First Job social media campaign by sending success stories from youth in your community to, with the subject line: “My First Job: [Your Tribe’s Name]”. HUD looks forward to sharing your stories throughout the summer!

Total Development Costs (TDC) for Affordable Housing under NAHASDA- Published
May 4, 2016

PIH 2016-07 Notice extends program requirements of PIH Notice 2015-09 dated June 4, 2015, and transmit the updated schedule for the maximum amount of funds that may be used for affordable housing under NAHASDA. 

Tribal Consultation on regarding equal access to HUD’s programs Native American Programs regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status
May 9, 2016

This Dear Tribal Leader Letter informs leaders of Native American and Native Hawaiian programs that a proposed rule was published today in the Federal Register regarding equal access to HUD’s programs regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.Comments are due by July 8, 2016

Tribal HUD-VASH New Homepage!
May 8, 2016

The Tribal HUD-VASH homepage features Related Notices and Guidance, Training and Webcasts, and Useful links for those administering the Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Demonstration Program (Tribal HUD-VASH). 

Healthy Homes Mobile App Launched
May 8, 2016

HUD has unveiled a new mobile app to help educate the public about hidden home hazards that can impact the health of their families.  The application is designed to raise awareness about potentially serious health and safety problems in the home and the steps consumers can take to protect themselves. The Healthy Homes App is available via Apple iTunes and Google Play.

Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator Fund Competition for Small Businesses
May 2, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching the third annual Growth Accelerator Fund competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosystem models to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each.  The winners of this year’s contest must demonstrate the ability to raise (or have plans to raise) a 4 to 1 match of prizes awarded; however, Native American accelerators must only demonstration a 1 to 1 match.  Click Here to Apply.  Deadline to apply is June 3, 2016.

USDA seeks Tribal community sites to host free summer meals program for youth
April 4, 2016

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites. Click here to learn how to become a sponsor site. Deadlines vary by State between April 15th and June 15th. Click here for a list of State contact information and deadlines.

Income Limits published! New ONAP Program Guidance 2016-02
April 1, 2016

This guidance replaces Program Guidance 2015-01 (R) and Program Guidance 2015-01a (R), amending Income Limits for Alaska with the latest HUD Income Limits. ONAP Program Guidance 2016-02

GSA National Desk Reference Guides for Tribes and Tribal Organizations
March 31, 2016

The U.S. General Services Administration recently published three desk guides to assist tribes and tribal organizations in accessing GSA goods and services.

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