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NAHASDA and ICDBG Relocation Training – October 20
This training will be an overview of the Uniform Relocation Act (URA) with a focus on ONAP program compliance. Topics covered include fair treatment of persons displaced in connection with ONAP funded projects, requirements for acquisition, rehabilitation, and demolition projects, and tenant protections. This webinar is interactive and participants have an opportunity for questions and answers after the completion of the presentation.
The training will cover the requirements of the ONAP Relocation Requirements that will:
- relocation planning
- provide uniform, fair and equitable treatment of persons whose real property is acquired or who are displaced in connection with federally funded projects
- ensure relocation assistance is provided to displaced persons to lessen the emotional and financial impact of displacement
- ensure that no individual or family is displaced unless decent, safe, and sanitary (DSS) housing is available within the displaced person's financial means
- help improve the housing conditions of displaced persons living in substandard housing
- encourage and expedite acquisition by agreement and without coercion
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To register for Phoenix Location: http://www.hud.gov/emarc/index.cfm?fuseaction=emar.registerEvent&eventId=2926&update=N
To register for the Albuquerque Location: http://www.hud.gov/emarc/index.cfm?fuseaction=emar.registerEvent&eventId=2927&update=N
HUD awards more than $56 million for housing and community development projects in 77 tribal communities
September 12, 2016
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $56.5 million to 77 Native American communities throughout the country to improve housing conditions and stimulate community development for residents, including funding construction projects and local jobs. The grants are part of HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program, which supports a wide range of community development and affordable housing activities. See a list of award winners, and read individual project summaries here. Click Here for the full Press Release.
Environmental Justice Public Meetings Announcement
HUD is hosting a series of public meetings to seek input from the community and leaders in HUD’s approach to Environmental Justice. Read more...
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.
The National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) has re-opened the NTAA National Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Needs Assessment for Indian Country
The NTAA IAQ Work Group has re-opened the NTAA National IAQ Needs Assessment in hopes that more Tribes will participate to provide a complete picture of the IAQ needs in Indian Country. NTAA recently published a Final Report on the IAQ National Needs Assessment for Indian Country that can be downloaded here. While over 80 Tribes completed the Needs Assessment, the NTAA IAQ Work Group is hoping more Tribes can fill it out. Broad participation will better inform the NTAA’s work on Tribal air quality issues, programs, and policies.
You and your Tribal community can help provide the facts needed to make the case to improve funding for IAQ in Tribal housing by filling out the NTAA’s Indoor Air Quality Needs Assessment here.
Please allocate at least an hour to answer all the questions. When you are finished, simply click on the "submit" button at the end of the survey to ensure your answers are properly counted. To access a paper copy of the Needs Assessment to help you prepare to submit the online version, click here.
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 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.
Housing Needs Study Video Presentation: Please click here for the YouTube video link from the July 20 video/teleconference presentation on the ONAP Needs Study.
HUD Issues Final Report on Environmental Streamlining
A Final Report on the environmental streamlining effort was published in December, 2015. The Final Report is available at: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=CoorEnvirReview.pdf, and the appendices at: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=appen_coorderprocess.pdf. The slide presentation give an overview of that report. Implementation is actually taking place now. The Final Report has several recommendations, and the Work Group continues to meet in order to implement those recommendations. The first item of business has been putting together an Agreement among the agency members to encourage the use of the tools under the National Environmental Policy Act to facilitate more efficient reviews. Several other items are in the works.
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.
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.
Zuni Housing Authority Video
The Zuni Housing Authority in New Mexico video highlights the numerous funding sources leveraged and the outstanding work being done with their Force Account Construction crew. This video shows only a small piece of the many accomplishments, Zuni is remote and in a beautiful area, all of the homes take full advantage of the natural resources and views.
As you’ll see, employment at the Housing Authority have provided the resource to many tribal members to stay in Zuni and now to see their families and friends enjoy the fruit of their labor.
The video says it all and the Southwest Office is privileged to be one of many partners with the Zuni Housing Authority. https://vimeo.com/176415443/f120fa0070
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.
PUEBLO OF ACOMA HOUSING AUTHORITY ADDING NEW HOMES NEAR NORTH AMERICA’S OLDEST CONTINUALLY INHABITED COMMUNITY
By: Adam Rose, Senior Project Coordinator
The Acoma Pueblo (New Mexico) has earned the reputation as the oldest continually inhabited community in North America for its “Sky City,” a mesa-top village of more than 250 dwellings that were built on a 367-foot sandstone bluff starting in 1150 A.D.
Acoma’s Housing project is one of only a few Native American sites to be designated on the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and it has been captivating to visit and reflect on the community’s thousand years of housing and culture. The Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority (PAHA) will link this history and culture to the present by building 30 new affordable homes. PAHA LIHTC Homes #1 recently received an award of Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority!: PAHA’s project was awarded in a New Mexico competitive round with only a 30 percent success rate! With this allocation, the housing authority will build 30 new units, a new community building, and an outdoor recreation area on the Acoma Indian Reservation. The new homes will be located about 10 miles from the historic village in a residential neighborhood within walking distance of many amenities and services. The project consists of three multifamily buildings, two of which will contain 12 units, and one that will contain six units. The new 1,355-square-foot community building is centrally located and will include a large meeting room and kitchen. It will host programs such as quarterly financial literacy trainings at no cost to the residents. Outside the community building, residents will have access to a picnic pavilion, bike and walking path, playground and recreation space, and a full-court basketball court. Click here to read more about the project and Sky City!
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.
- Tohono O’odham Ki:Ki Association houses a family of eight through HUD’s Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH vouchers). For complete story, click here.
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