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Tuesday
September 3, 2013

 HUD AWARDS $800,000 TO TUNICA-BILOXI TRIBE OF LOUISIANA
 Funding to support community development and affordable housing

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Regional Administrator Tammye Treviño today announced $800,000 in funding to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana 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.  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 Treviño.  “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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