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Spokane Tribe of Indians Housing Authority (WA)Tshimakian Meadows housing site in Wellpinit, WA.
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Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (TX)
Infrastructure and Rental Housing Development
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White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC July 9, 2015.  Deadline to apply May 8, 2015.

The White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC, to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

The Tribal Youth Gathering will continue to build upon the President's Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative and his commitment to improve the lives of Native youth across the country. President Obama launched the Gen-I initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.

Youth who complete the Gen-I Native Youth Challenge will be eligible to register for a chance to attend the upcoming White House Tribal Youth Gathering.  Deadline is May 8, 2015.  

White House Announcement


2014 Native Youth Report

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota named a 2015 Promise Zone

On April 28, 2015, the Obama Administration announced an additional eight Promise Zones across the country, including the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Promise Zones are high poverty communities where the federal government partners work with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community.  All Promise Zones receive priority access to federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives.  Pine Ridge joins the Choctaw Nation in southeast Oklahoma as tribal Promise Zone designees. 

Pine Ridge Promise Zone Summary

Federal Resources for Rural and Tribal Communities

Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Mold Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) Published!  Webcast 2:00PM- 5:00PM EST on May 5, 2015. Deadline to apply for funds is June 22, 2015.

On April 20, 2015, the availability of approximately $12,400,000 for mold remediation and prevention in and on housing units owned or operated by tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) or assisted with HUD funding was announced. HUD's ICDBG program is authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, and the ICDBG program regulations at 24 CFR Part 1003.

Program Guidance is available (text)  (PDF)


Resources for Mold Remediation and Prevention

Watch webcast/ WebcastArchive 

HUD Tribal Consultation scheduled for May 12-14, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona

On April 24, 2015, HUD published a “Dear Tribal Leaders” letter notifying all tribal leaders of upcoming Consultation sessions that will occur May 12-14, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the AMERIND Risk/National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) annual convention. Consultation will be on the coordinated environmental review initiative.

Dear Tribal Leaders Letter

AMERIND/NAIHC Convention website

Native American Housing: Obstacles and Opportunities on April 9, 2015

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Archived webcast available at:  

Search for Native American Housing: Obstacles and Opportunities on April 9, 2015.

HUD’s Tribal Government To Government Consultation Policy Published in the Federal Register- Request for Comments by June 8, 2015

Published on April 8, 2015, the purpose of this tribal consultation policy is to enhance communication and coordination between HUD and federally recognized Indian tribes, and to outline guiding principles and procedures under which all HUD employees are to operate with regard to federally recognized Indian or Alaska Native tribes.  Comments due June 8th, 2015.


Section 184 Loan Limits for FY2015 published

The new limits will go into effect for case numbers on or after May 1, 2015.  Click Here to download loan limits by county.

Transition to 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Final Guidance

On February 26, 2015, HUD published a transition notice to identify and explain significant changes made in 2 CFR part 200, and provide transition guidance and links to additional resource materials.  Click here to download pdf.

2 CFR Part 200 streamlines requirements from eight OMB Circulars: 

  • A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions,
  • A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments,
  • A-89, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance,
  • A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements With State and Local Governments,
  • A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations,
  • A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations,
  • A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, and

The guidance in OMB Circular A-50, Audit Follow up, on Single Audit Act follow up.

AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Tribal Grant Opportunities

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has three new opportunities for federally-recognized Indian Tribes to apply for funding. The funding will place AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers on the ground to help tackle the unique challenges facing Native American communities.

The AmeriCorps funding opportunity for federally-recognized Indian Tribes is designed to target resources on a core set of challenges: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.  Application due April 29, 2015.

The two Senior Corps opportunities focus on specific needs. The Foster Grandparent Program focuses on improving educational outcomes for children with special or exceptional needs, while the Senior Companion Program focuses on efforts to support independent living or aging in place.  Applications due May 14, 2015.

Visit to access tribal-specific technical assistance including FAQs, webinars and a schedule of the agency's upcoming assistance calls, and contact information for questions specific to these funding opportunities.

Native HUD-VASH Demonstration Program Listening Sessions

February 5, 2015

As recently announced by the Secretary of HUD, $4 million has been made available to develop a demonstration program for Native American veterans that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness living on or near a reservation or other Indian areas.  Informational presentation regarding, posted here.

ONAP is hosting a series of listening sessions to get input from tribes regarding effective ways to design this new grant program.  Please contact your local ONAP office for more details.

Southern Plains
February 12th
10 am local – until all comments have been received
City of Oklahoma City Public Works Training Department
Classroom #1
3738 SW 15th Street, Oklahoma City, OK

February 18th
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Live Meeting and onsite session)
HUD Field Office
3000 C Street, Suite 401
Anchorage, AK

February 18th
1 pm – 3 pm (Pacific) (LiveMeeting available)
HUD Seattle Office
909 1st Avenue, Room 135C, Seattle, WA

February 19th
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Live Meeting and onsite session)
HUD Field Office
3000 C Street, Suite 401
Anchorage, AK

Eastern Woodlands
February 19th
10 am local – 12 pm (Live Meeting available)
Ralph Metcalfe Building
77 W. Jackson Blvd., Room 2513, Chicago, IL

February 19th
9 am – 12 pm (Arizona time) (LiveMeeting available) 

Phoenix Office
One North Central Avenue, Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ

Albuquerque Office
500 Gold Avenue SW, 7th Floor, Suite 7301
Albuquerque, NM

Northern Plains
February 20th
1pm-3pm local
HUD Region 8 Office
20th Floor training room
1670 Broadway, Denver, CO

 LGBT Non-Discrimination Dear Tribal Leaders Letter.

On January 28, 2015, HUD published a “Dear Tribal Leaders” letter notifying all tribal leaders that HUD is proposing to make changes to the regulation for HUD’s Indian Housing programs in order to conform to existing rules that require HUD-funded housing be made available regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.  Comments are due 30 days from the date of the letter.  Click Here for a copy of the letter. Click Here for a copy of the Equal Access Final Rule.

Coeur d’Alene Tribal Housing Authority’s Gathering Place is an Innovation of the Day Finalist.

Coeur d'Alene Tribal Housing Authority’s, straw bale constructed, Gathering Place is a 2015 HUD Innovation of the Day finalist.  The 18-unit multifamily complex was built with locally sourced straw, and features many energy efficient features.  To learn more and vote for your top 3 projects, Click Here. Voting is open until February 10, 2015.

HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Demonstration Program

On January 26, 2015, a “Dear Tribal Leader” letter from HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, Rodger Boyd, was published pertaining to the Native HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Demonstration Program for homeless Native Veterans.  Comments are due February 25, 2015Click here for the letter. Contact your local ONAP office for a listing of upcoming listening sessions.   

Social Innovation Fund Opportunity

$51 million will be invested in experienced grant making organizations that are well-positioned within communities to identify the most promising programs and guide them towards greater impact and stronger evidence of success.  These grants range from $1-$10 million annually for five years. The competition targets projects focused on Youth Development, Economic Opportunity and Healthy Futures.  More information at: The deadline to apply is March 17th, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent by February 20th, 2015Click Here for toolkit and schedule of webinars.

PIH Notice 2015-01: Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program: Guidance and Procedures for Environmental Reviews under Part 50 published January 9, 2015.

This Notice provides instructions on conducting environmental reviews under 24 CFR Part 50 for tribes that do not assume these responsibilities under 24 CFR Part 58. In addition, it also describes the responsibilities of the HUD Area Office of Native American Programs (AONAP) and defines the information to be provided by recipients to the AONAP Administrator to facilitate HUD’s compliance with environmental review responsibilities under 24 CFR Part 50. Click Here for full text.

Native Asset Building Summit: A Pathway to Economic Self-Determination NHUD-ONAP 2014 Asset Building 2014ational Summit held November 12-13th, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Presentations and handout materials available online at:

View presentations on:

  • Financial Education
  • Credit Counseling
  • Rental Readiness & Homeownership
  • Asset Building and the Cherokee Nation
  • Youth Entrepreneurship
  • Support Housing for Homeless Families
  • Urban Indian Community Development
  • Establishing a Creative Economy
  • Meeting your Financial Obligations
  • NABI & AFI How Tribes are Making it Work
  • Best Practices for Administering the Cobell Settlement Funds
  • "18 monies" and more

Upcoming Trainings

  • Title VI/Loan Leveraging, January 13-14, 2015, Billings, MT. Register here.
  • Environmental Review and Lead-based Paint Training, January 6-9, 2015, Sacramento, CARegister here.
  • Financial Management, Program Income, and Basic Audit, January 13-15, 2015, Reno, NVRegister here.
  • Environmental Review, January 20-22, 2015, Anchorage, AKRegister here.
  • Developing Alaskan Sustainable Housing Training, February 3-5, 2015, Anchorage, AKRegister here.
  • Title VI/Loan Leveraging, February 10-11, 2015, Phoenix, AZ. Register here.
  • Admissions and Occupancy Training, March 24-27, 2015. Achorage, AK. Register here.

Dear Tribal Leader letter and two Executive Orders regarding participation of faith-based organizations in HUD programs- 30 day comment period.   

HUD’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships seeks comments regarding Tribal Consultation on HUD’s proposed regulatory changes to rules on equal participation of faith-based organization in HUD programs.   HUD will develop a proposed rule to revise the regulations that cover participation of faith-based organizations in HUD programs.  After comments are received from tribal leaders, the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register, and another comment period will ensue. 

Dear Tribal Leader” letter from HUD Secretary Julian Castro and a revised draft of HUD's Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation Policy issued November 12, 2014

The Policy was revised based on tribal comments received in 2010.  Comments to the attached Policy are due by December 16, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Emily Wright, Office of Native American Programs, HUD at (206) 402-6739.

Copy of Secretary's letter, click  here.

For draft copy of Policy, click here.

Sustainable Housing in Alaska

A new BEES house in Pt. Lay, Alaska

Photo: A new BEES house in Pt. Lay, Alaska

The Northern Sustainable Shelter Initiative, launched by HUD and other Federal partners USDA and EPA as well as the State of Alaska, tribal housing authorities and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center located at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, is designing and building housing suitable for Alaska’s Northern Slope.

With funding from HUD under the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act and design assistance from Cold Climate Housing Research Center, native villages are building affordable, energy-efficient prototypes that combine the best of native and state-of-the-art building technique. Seven homes have been completed by the Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority (TNHA) in Anaktuvuk Pass and Point Lay, both north of the Arctic Circle.

Like other homes in the region, these new homes will use heating oil to keep residents warm through long winters. A typical home north of the Circle uses about 850 gallons of heating oil a year. Each of TNHA’s new homes has earned a 6-star Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES) rating, utilizing only 146 gallons per season, or just 16.29 percent of the average heating oil used on the North Slope.  TNHA will complete six more BEES homes in two other villages, Kaktovik and Nuiqsut.

Continuity and Change: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Housing Conditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives

This interim report is part of the National Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The project’s overarching purpose is to document the housing needs and conditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) and Native Hawaiians. As a component of this broader project, this specific report examines trends in the circumstances (social, economic, and housing) of the AIAN population using secondary sources, predominantly the products of the U.S. Census Bureau. The final report of this study will merge rich field research data with the findings presented here. Though this report only offers a partial picture, it contains new information about how Native Americans are faring in the Nation today. The housing needs and conditions of Native Hawaiians will be described in a separate report. Download the report here:

ONAP Technical Assistance & Training Announcement and Technical Assistance Request Form.

 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
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Tax Credit & Title VI
  • NAHASDA Essentials
  • Capacity
  • Crime Prevention
  • Program Income
  • Home Buyer Education

For more information, please contact your area ONAP Office

(907) 677-9836

Northern Plains
(303) 672-5160

Southern Plains
(405) 609-8520

(808) 457-4662

Eastern Woodlands
 (312) 353-4532    

 (206) 220-5270            

(602) 379-7200

Click here to download a copy of the "Technical Assistance Annoucement."

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