HUD Region V No. 13-37
Laura J. Feldman
June 17, 2013
HUD ANNOUNCES $563 MILLION TO SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN HUNDREDS OF NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES
Michigan receives nearly $12.9 million
CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded $563 million to 353 American Indian and Alaskan Native entities that represent 539 tribes across the U.S. Provided through HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program, these funds are distributed annually to eligible Indian tribes or their tribally designated housing entities for a broad range of affordable housing activities. Michigan received nearly $12.9 million. See chart below for cities and funding.
"Hardworking American families in tribal communities should be able to live in communities where they have a fair shot to reach their potential," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "The resources provided today will give these tribal communities the tools to maintain quality housing, prevent overcrowding, improve public safety and provide other basic building blocks of security and success."
|Bay Mills Housing Authority
|Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
|Hannahville Potawatomie Housing Authority
|Keweenaw Bay Housing Authority
|Lac Vieux Desert Housing Authority
|Little River Housing Commission
|Little Traverse Housing Dept.
|Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Housing Office
|Pokagon Band Housing Authority
|Saginaw Chippewa Housing
|Sault Ste Marie Housing Authority
"This funding is an investment to promote neighborhood development and increase affordable housing while encouraging economic growth for our tribal communities in Michigan," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator.
IHBG funds primarily benefit hardworking families, living on reservations or in other Native American communities, who don't have the financial resources to maintain good homes, schools, or other key contributors to economic security. The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribe or designated entity.
Indian communities can use the funding for a variety of housing activities, including building affordable housing; providing assistance to existing housing that was developed under the Indian Housing Program authorized by the U.S. Housing Act of 1937; or other activities that create new approaches to provide more affordable housing for Native Americans. The funding is also used to offer housing services to eligible families and individuals; and establish crime prevention and safety measures. The block grant approach to housing was established by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on Twitter at @HUDnews or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv