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HUD No. 13-027
Agatha Gutierrez
(913) 551-6803
www.hud.gov/kansas
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
August 6, 2013

HUD AWARDS $522,103 TO NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE IN KANSAS
 FOR HOUSING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

KANSAS CITY, KS - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Region VII Deputy Regional Administrator, Theresa Porter today announced $522,103 in funding to Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri Native American tribe in Kansas to improve or create housing and economic development opportunities for low- to moderate-income families.

The grants are awarded through HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program, and will benefit the following tribal community:

State

Recipient

Grant Type

Amount

KS

Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska

ICDBG

$522,103

Today's awards are part of the $53.6 million in ICDBG funds HUD will award competitively across the United States in 2013. 

“These funds help Native American communities create sustainable, community-driven solutions to the challenges they face,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “They are investments in the future that improve, preserve and expand the supply of decent, affordable housing, as well as expand economic opportunities for some of the most vulnerable fellow citizens.” 

“Native American villages and tribal organizations are using ICDBG funds to meet their most pressing housing and community development needs,” said HUD Regional Administrator, Theresa Porter. "These grants will address unique challenges faced by tribes in remote areas which may also be experiencing severe weather conditions and an extremely short construction season.” 

HUD’s ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleuts and Eskimos) or Alaska Native villages compete for this funding. The recipients use the funding to develop viable communities, including rehabilitating housing or building new housing or to buy land to support new housing construction. 

ICDBG funding can also be used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities, and to create suitable living environments. To spur economic development, recipients have used the grants to establish a wide variety of commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. The grants have been used to build community and health centers, or to start businesses to support the community, such as shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenience stores/gas stations. 

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