HUD AWARDS $56 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES Grants support critical projects in tribal areas to address housing, community development and jobs
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded more than $56 million to 76 tribal communities throughout the nation to improve housing conditions, promote community development and to spur local economies with construction projects and jobs. The competitive grants awarded are part of HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program that address a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities for low- to moderate-income families (see grant chart below and project summaries here).
“These grants are a step forward in forging solutions to improve the housing and economic conditions for some of our country’s most culturally rich neighborhoods,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “I’m impressed at the energy and creativity in how these communities are leveraging public funds to create lasting solutions for countless families.”
The recipients will use these grants to develop viable communities including rehabilitating housing or building new homes or to purchase land to support new housing construction. The funding can also used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities. To stimulate economic development and job growth, recipients use the grants to establish commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. Recipients also use the funding to build community and health centers, or to start businesses to support the community including shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenience stores and gas stations. Specific examples of this sort of economic and community development include:
The Caddo Nation in Oklahoma will use its $800,000 grant to build a community facility for elderly low income residents.
The Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin will devote its $600,000 grant to install solar photovoltaic panels on low-income single-family home and apartment rental units to decrease resident energy cost by 24 percent, and to decrease emissions due to the energy efficiency benefits.
The Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Alaska will target its $600,000 grant to help build a group home for Alaska Native youth near Bartlett High School and the Alaska Native Heritage Center, reducing the number of homeless youth and increasing academic stability and support.
The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of California will use its $604,998 grant to upgrade the reservation’s existing infrastructure by replacing segments of old sewer lines serving tribal members. The original installations date back to the 1950s.
The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma will use its $800,000 grant to build a Multi Purpose Community Health and Wellness Center.
The Sac and Fox Tribe in Iowa will use its $600,000 grant to construct the Meskwaki Travel Center that will include a convenience store, car and truck fueling stations, a branch bank, sandwich shop, truck stop and a truck wash/mechanics bay. The project will retain 28 jobs and create 8 new positions.
The ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs. Federally recognized tribes, bands, groups, nations or eligible tribal organizations compete for this funding.
FY 2012 Indian Community Development Block Grant Awards
Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Mentasta Traditional Council
Native Village of Buckland
Native Village of Chitina
Native Village of Kiana
Organized Village of Kasaan
Pauloff Harbor Village
Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska
Village of Venetie
Cocopah Indian Housing Development
Gila River Health Care Corporation
Hualapai Indian Tribe
All Mission Indian Housing Authority - La Jolla
All Mission Indian Housing Authority - Pauma
All Mission Indian Housing Authority - Santa Rosa
All Mission Indian Housing Authority -Torres-Martinez
Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria
Big Pine Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley
Campo Band of Diegueno Mission Indians
Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
Dry Creek Rancheria
North Fork Rancheria
Coeur d'Alene Tribal Housing Authority
Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
Hannahville Indian Community
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of MI
Sault Ste. Marie
Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
Chippewa-Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation
Northern Cheyenne Tribal Housing Authority
Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority
Ho-Chunk Community Development Corporation
Ely Shoshone Tribe
Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
Wells Indian Colony Band of Te-Moak Tribe of W. Shoshone
Northern Pueblos Housing Authority
Pueblo of Acoma Housing Authority
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of NC
Spirit Lake Housing Corporation
Caddo Nation of Oklahoma
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Muscogee Creek Nation
Ottowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
Seneca Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma
Grand Ronde Tribe
Klamath Indian Tribe
Crow Creek Housing Authority
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah
Ute Indian Tribally Designated Housing Entity
Lummi Tribal Housing Authority
Yakama Nation Housing Authority
Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin
Black River Falls
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation of WI
Lac du Flambeau
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
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