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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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