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Thursday
July 18, 2013

HUD AWARDS $2.3 MILLION TO FIVE WASHINGTON STATE TRIBES FOR HOUSING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Colville, Lummi, Port Gamble S'Klallam, Spokane & Suquamish win HUD Indian Community Development Block Grants

SEATTLE - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride today announce the award of $2,321,668 to five tribes in Washington state to improve or create housing and economic development opportunities for low- to moderate-income families.

The competitive grants, awarded under HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program, were won by:

RECIPIENT PROJECT DESCRIPTION

AMOUNT

Colville Indian Housing Authority Construct community center to serve Omak district $500,000
Lummi Nation Housing Authority Develop infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, sewer, water & lighting) to support 12 new triplexes $500,000
Port Gamble S'Klallam Housing Authority Rehabilitation of 15 houses $500,000
Spokane Tribe of Indians Construction of community center to serve western part of reservation $324,608
Suquamish Tribe To develop infrastructure on 10-acre parcel to create 14 buildable lots $497,060
Total $2,321,668

Today's awards are part of the $53.6 million in ICDBG funds HUD awarded competitively across the United States in 2013.

"These funds help Native communities create sustainable and community-driven solutions to the challenges they face," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "They improve, preserve and expand the supply of decent, affordable housing, as well as expands economic opportunities for some of the most vulnerable fellow citizens."

"Since 1977, tribes, native villages and tribal housing authorities have used ICDBG funds to meet their most pressing housing and community development priorities," said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride. "Better still, some of the innovations they have launched and lessons they have learned have been and will be adapted by other communities across the country that are facing similar challenges."

The 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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