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FY 2017 IHBG Formula Estimates
If you or your tribes have any questions, please contact the IHBG Formula Customer Service at 1-800-410-8808.
ONAP OFFERS FREE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING: HUD’s Office of Native American Programs offers FREE
Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities for a wide variety of tribal housing and related issues. To request specialized Technical Assistance and/or Training from SWONAP, contact Debbie Broermann at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Southerland at David.W.Southerland@hud.gov
HUD to Establish a Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee – Request for Comments on Committee Structure due July 23, 2016
HUD is requesting 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 to view notice. Click here to view amended due date.
HUD Final Tribal Government-to-Government Consultation Policy
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.
HUD to issue Draft Report of Housing Needs Study on July 7th
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. On July 20, 2016 from 3 – 5pm Eastern Time, the Urban Institute will present an overview of findings from the congressionally mandated assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian housing needs. Tribal leaders, tribal housing officials, and tribal institutional review boards are invited to attend the presentation through videoconference at HUD offices or via teleconference (VTC) lines. The presentation will focus on findings from census data, findings from the first nationally representative survey of households in tribal areas, and findings from a survey of officials of tribally designated housing entities. The draft report of findings will be distributed to tribal leaders about two weeks before the presentation and there will be an open comment period through August 23, 2016.
In the SWONAP region, the VTC will take place at two locations:
- Phoenix, AZ HUD Office – One North Central Ave., Suite 600, Phoenix, AZ
- Albuquerque, NM HUD Office - 500 Gold Ave, SW, 7th Floor, Ste. 7301, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0906
A conference line will be available for those who opt not to come to either HUD office. For more information, contact Elizabeth Rudd at Elizabeth.C.Rudd@hud.gov.
Tribal feedback on proposed fee increase for participation in Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Program
A “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. Click Here to view letter.
FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS
VA is seeking formal tribal consultation with tribes seeking input from tribal leaders on the top 3 to 5 priorities that tribes have for serving Veterans in Indian Country. Once identified (the priorities) will be used to assist with collaborative development of an Indian Country Veterans Affairs policy agenda. VA plans to hold two tribal consultation sessions in 2016. The first in collaboration with NCAI on June 29, 2016 at 5:15 p.m. in Spokane, WA. The second will be scheduled later this year. Written consultation is open through October 7, 2016. For more info., contact Mrs. Terry R. Bentley, U.S. Dept. of Veterans
Affairs, 541-440-1271 or email@example.com. Website: http://www.va.gov/TRIBALGOVERNMENT/
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO RECOGNIZE TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND COOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT
The United States Army Corps of Engineers announced two major changes to improve the partnership between the Corps and tribes to manage water resource projects and activities and further protect tribal natural and cultural resources. First, Secretary of the Army delegates their authority under Section 1031(b) of the Water Resources, Reform and Development Act 2014 to enter into cooperative agreements with federally recognized tribes to protect fish, wildlife, water quality, and cultural resources to all divisions and districts of the Army Corps. Bringing this process to the local level allows for more tribes to enter in to cooperative agreements, share management responsibilities, protect their resources using culturally appropriate practices, and further build economic capacity of tribes to expand their management practices. The Army Corps also announced that it is removing the legal requirement that a tribe must waive its sovereign immunity when entering into a legally binding agreement for the construction of a water resources project with the Corps. This requirement was a major obstacle for tribal participation and often the reason many projects were not planned or built.
Rural Community Development Grant Initiative (USDA Rural Development)
Deadline: July 22, 2016 (4pm local time)
Grant to develop the capacity to undertake projects related to housing, com¬munity facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. The RCDI program requires the intermediary (grantee) to provide a program of financial and technical assistance to recipients. The recipients will, in turn, provide programs to their communities (beneficiaries). Past tribal recipients include the Minnesota Housing Partnership, which is working with Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit organization of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, develop sustainable affordable housing, community and economic development programs on the reservation and Red Wing Consulting, Inc, which is helping the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Housing Authority develop new programs for Tribal community members who are homeless, including veterans and victims of domestic abuse. Learn more at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-community-development-initiative-grants
Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative - Generation Indigenous Initiative Support (IHS)
Deadline: August 1, 2016
Competitive grant for a four-year funding cycle, totaling $6.5 million with 25 awards between $70,000 and $300,000; the Portland IHS office has been allocated 2 awards of $132,334 each. Urban Indian Organizations may be eligible for $600,000 (with awards between $100,000 and $200,000). More information at: https://www.ihs.gov/mspi/fundingannouncement2016/
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Engagement in Care (IHS)
Deadline: August 28, 2016
A total of $500,000 is being made available in amounts ranging from $20,000 to $100,000. . Click Here to view letter.
Champions for Change (Center for Native American Youth)
Deadline: November 15, 2016
The Aspen Institute is now accepting nominations and applications for its Champions for Change leadership development program. Tribal leaders, teachers, coaches, school administrators, parents, Native youth, and others can nominate a young Native leader (ages 14–22) who is making a positive impact in their tribal or urban Indian community. Youth can also submit their own applications without a nomination. CNAY will announce the 2017 Champions this December and bring them to Washington, D.C., in February 2017 for a series of events with tribal leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders to be recognized for their leadership efforts.
Learn more about the Champions for Change application process
The Grants.Gov website lists Open Grant Opportunities for which Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and/or Native American Tribal organizations are eligible to apply. For the complete list of grant opportunities, click here.
EPA AWARDS $465,000 TO NAVAJO NATION FOR WATER MONITORING IN THE SAN JUAN RIVER
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency $465,000 for water quality monitoring in the San Juan River. This funding is in addition to $1 million awarded in October for water quality monitoring and ecological restoration activities throughout the Reservation. “Funding for long-term monitoring will provide important information needed by the Navajo Nation, EPA and our other state and tribal partners to assess the San Juan River,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “We will continue to work with the affected states and tribes using sound science to monitor and understand river conditions.” Navajo Nation will use the funds to do additional monitoring in the San Juan River, including sediment sampling and a fish tissue contaminant study. The study will monitor current contaminant levels in fish and focus on potential human health risks associated with fish consumption subsequent to the Gold King Mine release. The EPA has allotted $2 million in grants to states and tribes to develop a better understanding of overall water quality conditions in the Animas-San Juan Basin following the Gold King Mine release. This funding supports Navajo’s monitoring efforts to meet their data needs and to gather a robust set of data that can be compared to longer-term monitoring results of EPA and other tribes and states in the San Juan River basin. EPA’s long-term monitoring plan is available on the EPA Gold King Mine website. For more info., visit: https://www.epa.gov/goldkingmine or contact Margot Perez-Sullivan, 415-947-4149, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tribal Consultation- Proposed Rule of Revise the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Formula:
The notices below calls for comments to be submitted by August 1, 2016, on the proposed revisions to the IHBG formula.
PICURIS PUEBLO (New Mexico) – Member of Northern Pueblos Housing Authority (NPHA)
On October 14, 2015, the Picuris Pueblo of New Mexico dedicated a new solar-powered fire station and the renovated gymnasium. The Fire Station is a 2,640 sq. ft. net-zero energy building. The Solar Photovoltaic Panel will be utilized to supply primary electrical, building heat, and water heating service. The nearby 9,050 square foot gymnasium is the only community building structure in the small pueblo community. The renovation included installation of a new roof, demolition and replacement of all interior walls and floors, mold remediation, installation of permanent fixtures, HVAC and ductwork. For complete project summary, click here.
Agua Caliente Band's Pursuit of Energy Self-Sufficiency Gains Momentum
In 2005, the Agua Caliente Band applied for and was competitively selected to receive a First Steps grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a comprehensive tribal energy plan that aligned with the Tribe’s goals and values of self-determination, prosperity, and sustainability. Read More here
Tohono O’odham Ki:Ki Association TOKA awarded $2.5 million Title VI Loan Guarantee renovate 20-units.
Over half of the units will be modernized to provide accessibility for the disabled and elderly. All units will be upgraded for energy efficiency. For complete project summary, click here.
List of FY 2015 ICDBG Awards
SWONAP Regional Training Workshops and Webinars (2016)
One North Central Avenue, Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ, 85004-2361
Telephone: (602) 379-7200
FAX: (602) 379-3101
500 Gold Avenue SW, 7th Floor, Suite 7301
PO Box 906, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0906
Phone: (505) 346-6923
FAX: (505) 346-7220