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Tuesday
September 3, 2013

 HUD AWARDS OVER $9.5 MILLION TO 12 NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IN OKLAHOMA
 Funding to support community development and affordable housing

OKLAHOMA CITY – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Regional Administrator Tammye Treviño today announced $9,599,990 in funding to 12 Native American tribes in Oklahoma 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 communities:  

Absentee Shawnee Tribe

$800,000

Cherokee Nation

$800,000

Chickasaw Nation

$800,000

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

$800,000

Comanche Nation Housing Authority

$800,000

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma

$800,000

Kaw Nation

$800,000

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

$800,000

Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma

$800,000

Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma

$800,000

Tonkawa Tribe

$799,990

Wyandotte Nation

$800,000

                         TOTAL:                                                              $9,599,990

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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