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HUD Region V No. 13-37
Laura J. Feldman
(312) 913-8332

FOR RELEASE
Monday
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."

Recipient City Funding
Bay Mills Housing Authority Brimlet $580,259
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Peshawbestown $1,176,003
Hannahville Potawatomie Housing Authority Wilson $167,070
Keweenaw Bay Housing Authority Baraga $1,730,093
Lac Vieux Desert Housing Authority Watersmeet $265,301
Little River Housing Commission Manistee $254,439
Little Traverse Housing Dept. Harbor Springs $561,542
Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Housing Office Dorr $160,342
Nottawaseppi Huron Wyoming $517,918
Pokagon Band Housing Authority Dowagiac $2,033,535
Saginaw Chippewa Housing Mt. Pleasant $961,819
Sault Ste Marie Housing Authority Kincheloe $4,482,114
  Total $12,890,435

"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).

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