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Lee Jones
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Wednesday
February 8, 2012

HUD AWARDS $33.4 MILLION IN INDIAN HOUSING BLOCK GRANTS TO 25 WASHINGTON TRIBES

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $33,428,515 in Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) allocations to 25 tribes in Washington state IHBG funds are distributed annually under a formula to eligible tribes or their tribally-designated housing entities for a range of affordable housing activities.

The awards are part of some $404 million distributed nationwide today.  An additional $250 million in IHBG funds are still to be allocated among Native American communities throughout the country this year. IHBG funds are intended to primarily benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other communities. 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.

"These funds are making a real difference in tribal communities each and every day," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "Projects include affordable housing, infrastructure upgrades, community centers and safety programs that every community needs to thrive. These efforts are part of a broader commitment to ensure Native American communities can build their economies in response to their needs and as they see fit."

"Affordable housing is a critical need in Indian Country," said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride. "These HUD funds will assist tribes in meeting their housing needs through sustainable and innovative practices that reflect their culture, heritage, and environmental stewardship."

The Washington tribes awarded IHBG funds today are:

Colville Indian Housing Authority Nespelem $3,538,519
Cowlitz Tribal Housing Authority Chehalis $1,979,873
Hoh Indian Tribe Forks $108,640
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Sequim $296,627
Kalispel Indian Community Usk $123,256
Lower Elwha Housing Authority Port Angeles $743,155
Lummi Housing Authority Bellingham $2,918,675
Muckleshoot Housing Authority Auburn $1,072,663
Nisqually Indian Tribe of WA Olympia $588,626
Nooksack Indian Tribe Deming $651,532
Puyallup Nation Housing Authority Tacoma $2,466,344
Quileute Housing Authority La Push $649,322
Quinault Housing Authority Taholah $1,793,939
Samish Indian Nation Anacortes $689,571
Sauk-Suiattle Tribe Darrington $407,846
Shoalwater Bay Tribe of WA Tokeland $257,329
Skokomish Tribe of WA Skokomish Nation $624,550
Snoqualmie Tribe Snoqualmie $189,646
Spokane Indian Housing Authority Wellpinit $2,387,607
Squaxin Island Tribe Shelton $859,207
Stillaguamish Tribal Housing Authority Arlington $200,258
Suquamish Indian Tribe Suquamish $732,885
Swinomish Housing Authority La Conner $1,068,617
Tulalip Tribes of Washington Tulalip $2,714,330
Yakama Nation Housing Authority Wapato $6,365,498

Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, assistance to housing developed under the Indian Housing Program, housing services to eligible families and individuals, crime prevention and safety, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems. The block grant approach to housing was enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).

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