2013 Mobile Home Initiative
June 5, 2013
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is making available a limited number of excess used mobile homes to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through its authority to make a direct transfer from federal agency to federal agency. Subsequently, HUD will transfer the mobile homes to federally recognized tribes through an application process. HERE is the Notification of FEMA Mobile Homes Initiative.
The used mobile home units are single-wide 3- bedroom units, measuring 14 feet wide. These homes were manufactured in accordance with the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards set forth in 24 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3280, commonly called the HUD code. These mobile homes have been used for approximately one year by survivors of natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes in different parts of the country; however, they have been inspected by FEMA and deemed to be in habitable condition. The mobile homes will be transferred to the tribes in “as is” condition. All of the mobile homes will have some of the original furnishings—the quality of which will vary—and the remaining furnishings will also convey in “as-is” condition. The mobile homes are basically identical (size, color, etc.), so it will not be necessary to pre-select specific units.
ANA Publishes SEEDS Funding Opportunity Announcement! Applications due July 15.
May 31, 2013
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) supports economic development in Native American communities through the provision of discretionary grants to tribal governments and native-serving nonprofit organizations. The current economic climate has increased ANA’s focus on developing employment opportunities and business creation in native communities, resulting in this special funding initiative to promote Sustainable Employment & Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS). In an effort to reduce unemployment and stimulate local economies, ANA, within the Administration for Children and Families, announces the availability of $4,500,000 of SEEDS funding for Fiscal Year 2013 for new, community-based projects that will foster economic development through the creation of small businesses and sustainable job growth.
One of ANA’s primary goals is to promote economic self-sufficiency for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa Natives. In pursuit of this goal, four priorities that ANA will promote through the SEEDS initiative are: 1) creation of sustainable employment opportunities; 2) professional training and skill development that increases participants’ employability and earning potential; 3) creation and development of small businesses and entrepreneurial activities, and; 4) a demonstrated strategy and commitment to keeping the jobs and revenues generated by project activities within the native communities being served. Improving access to employment opportunities and supporting small businesses will enhance local economies, enable more tribal members to acquire and maintain gainful employment, and improve the long term financial health of tribal members and their families.
Access the Funding Opportunity Announcement here!
ONAP Technical Assistance & Training Annoucement
May 2, 2013
The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is embarking on an innovative and responsive process of delivering technical assistance and training to tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE) grantees. ONAP has awarded grants to the following eight organizations: ICF International, the National Congress of American Indians, the National American Indian Housing Council, the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities, FirstPic, Econometrica, Pacific American Foundation, and Red Lake Reservation Housing Association. The goal of this new method of delivery will provide a high level of instruction and cost-effective technical assistance and training to tribes and TDHEs in a more timely manner.
As in the past years, tribes and TDHE’s will formally request training and technical assistance on a particular need through their respective ONAP Area Office. The ONAP Area Office will coordinate the requested need with one of the successful providers listed above. Examples of such technical assistance and training include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Indian Housing Plan (IHP)
- Environment Reviews
- Board of Commissioners
- Financial and Fiscal Management
- Tax Credit & Title VI
- NAHASDA Essentials
- Crime Prevention
- Program Income
- Home Buyer Education
For more information, please contact your area ONAP Office
Click here to download a copy of the "Technical Assistance Annoucement."
HUD Statement on Status of the Section 184 Program
March 27, 2013
Click here to read the statement.
ONAP Sequestration Letter
March 12, 2013
HUD issues a very important letter from the PIH Assistant Secretary to all Tribal Leaders, TDHEs, and the DHHL regarding the Sequestration's potential impact on all ONAP's programs. Click here to read the letter.
February 8, 2013
EPA’s Septic Smart initiative is a nation-wide public education effort that aims to inform homeowners living on properties serviced by septic systems on the importance of properly maintaining their septic system and provide valuable resources to help homeowners make important decisions regarding their wastewater management needs. The initiative also provides resources for outreach organizations and government leaders who seek promote this message locally. Learn more about how your septic system works and simple, everyday tips on how to properly maintain it.
Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for HUD's Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program
January 17, 2013
Click here to view 2013 ICDBG NOFA
Providing Interim Funding in Fiscal Year 2013 to Recipients of Indian Housing Block Grants
December 12, 2012
Click here to view PIH Notice 2012-49 (TDHEs)
The NAHASDA final rule was published in today's Federal Register!
December 3, 2012
Click here to view Federal Register.
ONAP Program Guidance 2012-05 General Section
August 20, 2012
HUD's FY2013 NOFAs for Discretionary Programs
ONAP Program Guidance 2012-04 Income Limits
May 7, 2012
Replaces Program Guidance 2011-04 with the latest HUD Income Imits.
ONAP Program Guidance Published - HUD Form 718
Monday, April 16, 2012
This Form clarifies the instructions for using the form HUD-718 (05/2004), Funds Commitment Form, when committing funds for the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program. Click for PDF copy of guidance and Microsoft Word version of the form.
New ONAP Program Guidance Published
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
ONAP Program Guidance No. 2012-02 signed January 4, 2012 provides information on the Federal Financial Report – Standard Form 425.
HUD Announces New Webpage for Updates on Housing Needs of Native American Communities Study
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Please visit webpage and sign up for the e-list. The goal of the study is to provide clear, credible, and consistent information to assess the housing conditions in Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. The information will inform policy and allow HUD to serve tribes more effectively.
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