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HUD's Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) administers housing and community development programs that benefit American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal members, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American organizations. Read more about ONAP’s mission, funding programs, directory, and program accomplishments.

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Tribal HUD VASH Denver Training Presentations Posted
February 17, 2017

Presentation slides from the January 31- February 2, 2017 Tribal HUD VASH Training in Denver, Colorado are now available online at Tribal HUD-VASH Homepage.

2017 HUD/BIA Mortgaging Tribal Trust Lands Training Presentation Slides Available
February 17, 2017

Presentations include current loan processing updates for 2017 and an overview of the mortgage process on tribal trust and allotted lands. Section 184 underwriters and lenders provided an overview of the lenders processing requirements from origination to closing and final issuance of the loan guarantee certificate. Click Here for full agenda and speaker presentation slides.

ONAP Best Practice: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation s Huckleberry Street Rentals ONAP Best Practice: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s Huckleberry Street Rentals
February 16, 2017

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation of Oregon have completed construction of 8 new units of rental housing for elders and families. At a total cost of $2 million dollars these duplex units are energy efficient with radiant heading and ductless AC/Heating units. Emergency flashing light indicators and ADA compliant design from the start making aging in place easier for the elder units. Small cul de sacs encourage community engagement, and each tenant receives a monthly maintenance tip newsletter.

For complete project summary, click here.

NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants FY 2017. Applications due March 15, 2017
February 16, 2017

The NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program will support two categories of activities: 1) Strengthening Coastal Communities: activities that improve capacity of multiple coastal jurisdictions (states, counties, municipalities, territories and tribes) to prepare and plan for, absorb impacts of, recover from, and/or adapt to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards; or 2) Habitat Restoration: activities that restore habitat to strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards. Eligible applicants are regional organizations, institutions of higher education, non-profit and for-profit organizations, U.S. territories and states, Native American tribes, and local governments as defined at 2 C.F.R. 200.64, which includes counties, municipalities, and cities.

  • Applications close March 15, 2017.
  • Funding amount: $100,000 to $2,000,000
  • Apply Here

National Park Service Tribal Heritage Grants. Applications due March 27, 2017
February 16, 2017

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes grants to Federally recognized Indian tribes for cultural and historic preservation projects. These grants assist Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations in protecting and promoting their unique cultural heritage and traditions. Non-federal matching share is not required, but preference will be given to applications that show community commitment through non-federal match and partnership collaboration. Grants may fund a broad range of planning, development, and research projects for cultural resources including: survey, inventory, oral histories, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and bricks and mortar repair.

  • Applications close March 27, 2017.
  • Funding amount: $5,000 to $60,000
  • Apply Here

ONAP Program Guidance 2017-02: 2016 IHBG Compliance Supplement Amendment Published
February 15, 2017

This guidance communicates an amendment to the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) 2016 Compliance Supplement. It provides updated direction regarding Performance Reporting. Click Here to read in full.

ONAP Program Guidance 2017-03: Certifying Officers for ER under 24 CFR Part 58 Published
February 15, 2017

This guidance explains who can serve as a Certifying Officer for environmental reviews prepared under 24 CRF Part 58 for all programs administered by HUD’s Office of Native American Programs, including who can delegate that responsibility and how a delegation can be made. Click Here to read in full.

Call for Nominations! 2017 Secretary’s Awards for Healthy Homes
February 14, 2017

HUD’s 3rd Annual Secretary’s Awards for Healthy Homes recognizes excellence in healthy housing innovation and achievement in three categories: Public Housing/Multifamily Housing; Policy, Education, and Research Innovation; and Cross Program Coordination among governmental entities, advocacy organizations, healthcare and housing providers, and related organizations that demonstrate measurable benefits in the health of residents and are available to low- and/or moderate-income families. Nominations will be accepted through the online application format until midnight (PST), on March 15, 2017. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your achievement in healthy housing innovation!

Award recipients will be honored at NEHA’s 2017 Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition, July 10–13, 2017, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dear Tribal Leader Letter regarding the Coordinated Environmental Review Initiative
February 7, 2017

Published today is a Dear Tribal Leaders letter and enclosure regarding the Coordinated Environmental Review Initiative and actions for moving forward with recommendations of the Coordinated Environmental Review Process Final Report.

HUD PART 58 Environmental Trainings Offered
January 30, 2017

The HUD Environmental Office will conduct a free three-day training at various locations this spring. This training is designed to assist those who actually prepare Environmental Review documents under 24 CFR Part 58, as well as those who review and approve such documents. Specific topics to be addressed include the National Environmental Policy Act, sole source aquifers, scenic rivers, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Clean Air Act, wetlands, floodplain management and flood insurance, coastal zone management, endangered species, farmlands, environmental justice, noise abatement, toxic and hazardous substances, other factors and procedural requirements of 24 CFR Part 58, including recommended formats for compliance documentation and an introduction to HUD’s Environmental Review Online System (HEROS). Visit the Calendar of Events page for more details and registration.

March 7-9, 2017  HUD Fort Worth Regional Office
March 28-30, 2017  HUD Atlanta Regional Office
March 27-29, 2017 HUD offices in Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit
Live webcast at HUD offices in Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Cleveland offices
April 25-27, 2017 HUD Denver Regional Office

Final Housing Needs Study Published and Video Briefing
January 26, 2017

American Indian tribes are building more housing units after enactment of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) but housing conditions are substantially worse among American Indian households than other U.S. households. These are some of the findings of three new comprehensive reports of tribal housing needs released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Urban Institute.

Congress asked HUD to conduct an Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs in 2009. The Urban Institute led the study and HUD is releasing three new reports today:

  1. Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas and Executive Summary.
  2. Mortgage Lending on Tribal Land
  3. Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Urban Areas

In conjunction with the release, the research team, led by the Urban Institute, offered a briefing on the key findings of the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs on Monday, January 23, 2017. View the archived presentation on HUD’s YouTube channel.

FEMA Finalizes Pilot Guidance for Tribal Disaster Declarations Process for Stafford Act Disasters
January 17, 2017

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the release of its Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance and the beginning of the pilot phase of tribal declarations under this new guidance. The pilot guidance describes the process which tribal governments will use to request Stafford Act declarations and the criteria FEMA will use to evaluate direct tribal declaration requests and make recommendations to the President. Click Here to read the full release.

PIH 2015-2016 Annual Report Highlights Accomplishments in Native American Programs
January 11, 2017

HUD Office of Public and Indian Housing has issued the 2015–2016 Accomplishments Summary that highlights progress made in Native American Programs, including Supporting Tribal sovereignty and housing innovation. 

  • Distributed over $660 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) to 567 federally recognized Tribes, representing the single largest federal investment in Indian housing
  • Awarded $56.5 million to 77 Tribal communities through Indian Community Development Block Grants (ICDBG) and $12.4 million in ICDBG Mold Remediation Grants to communities in 13 states
  • Bolstered HUD’s recognition of Tribal self-determination by revising our Tribal Consultation Policy and establishing Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee
  • Completed Negotiated Rulemaking for the Indian Housing Block Grant formula allocation
  • Launched Tribal HUD-VASH in 26 Tribal communities, housing 500 homeless veterans
  • Cultivated community leaders at HUD’s National Native Youth Leadership Summit

Read the full 2-page summary HERE

HUD-wide Environmental Notice - HUD Balcony Policy under 24 CFR 51, Subpart B
January 6, 2017

CPD Notice 16-19 clarifies the Department’s approach to balconies within the Department’s regulatory constraints in 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart B, Noise Abatement and Control. The Notice changes HUD’s previous, informal policy of not allowing balconies off bedrooms and instead requires an Operations and Maintenance Plan with periodic inspections of seals and repair or replacement if necessary. The Notice reinforces that if the windows and doors serve as noise mitigation, a mechanical ventilation system must be installed. Questions about the Notice should be directed to Jim Potter at (202) 402-4610 or Additional information about HUD’s noise regulation can be found on the HUD Exchange.

Competitive Onsite Solid Waste and Superfund Mentor Programs – Applications Accepted Until February 3, 2017
January 6, 2017

The Solid Waste Onsite Mentor Program assists tribes facing challenges in implementing waste diversion or source reduction activities as part of their solid waste program (for example recycling, composting, minimizing hazardous substances in your waste stream, making tribally-owned facilities more sustainable, etc.). The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) provides the opportunity to visit another tribe, or have a technical expert visit your tribe, to learn about new techniques to assist your programs from a colleague. For more details and the application, please visit:
The Superfund Onsite Mentor Program assists tribes with any type of Superfund activities, such as designing appropriate remediation strategies, conducting or overseeing site assessments, hiring and managing contractors, pursing and utilizing cooperative agreements, forming partnerships across agencies, and overseeing or implementing cleanup activities. ITEP provides the opportunity to visit another tribe, or have a technical expert visit your tribe, to learn from a colleague about Superfund. For more details and the application please visit:
Questions about these programs should be directed to Todd Barnell at or (928) 523-3840, or to Julie Jurkowski at or (928) 523-9404.

Comment Period for HUD Environmental Justice Strategy Open Until February 15, 2017
January 6, 2017

HUD has released its draft Environmental Justice Strategy for public comment. The draft Strategy is posted on the HUD Exchange. Comments must be submitted by February 15, 2017. The updated strategy will be unveiled at the EJ Conference and Workshop in early March. Comments can be submitted to EJSTRATEGY@HUD.GOV or to the HUD EJ Coordinator, Jim Potter by postal mail at:
HUD Office of Environment and Energy
451 7th Street, SW, Room 7212
Washington, DC 20410
Any questions about the Strategy should be directed to Jim Potter at (202) 402-4610 or Additional information about HUD and Environmental Justice is available on the HUD Exchange. HUD has online learning WISER modules on Environmental Justice.

PUBLISHED: Executive Summary from the Housing Needs Study
January 4, 2017

On January 3, 2017, HUD published “Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas: A Report From the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs: Executive Summary”. This report summarizes principal findings and conclusions of the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs, a congressionally mandated study. Read the Executive Summary here.

Dear Tribal Leaders Letter announcing establishment of a Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. Nominations due February 21, 2017!
December 21, 2016

Published today the Dear Tribal Leaders Letter from HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Lourdes Castro Ramirez, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs, Heidi Frechette, announces the establishment of HUD’s Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee and calls for nominations to that committee. This Committee will facilitate communication between HUD and tribal leaders on housing priorities and strengthen capacity building opportunities. The Committee will enhance regular, meaningful consultation and collaboration between federal and tribal officials. Instructions for nominating a tribal official to the Committee are outlined in the Federal Register notice. Nominations are due by February 21, 2017.

Online training tools for Environmental Review now available
December 20, 2016

Web-based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER) - This online training series from HUD’s Office of Environment offers specific information on environmental topics, enabling users to evaluate topics such as risk to endangered species, considerations regarding bodies of water such as rivers, ponds and wetlands, as well as how to achieve environmental justice goals and protect HUD-assisted projects from excessive noise. Each module includes a downloadable key definitions PDF, knowledge checks to confirm comprehension, and links to needed resources.

To explore this new curriculum, visit the WISER webpage.

Dear Tribal Leaders Letter regarding Coordinated Environmental Review Initiative. Comments due February 12, 2017.
December 14, 2016

As the lead agency in the federal effort to develop a coordinated environmental review process for housing and housing-related infrastructure in Indian Country, HUD issued a Dear Tribal Leader letter requesting review and comments on the draft interagency Memorandum of Understanding and its companion draft Statement of Intent, which are intended to encourage the use of tools that can streamline the federal environmental review process. The final documents will be used by entities, including tribes, that are responsible for conducting federal environmental reviews.

Tribal HUD-VASH technical correction Notice was published
December 6, 2016

Today’s Federal Register notice makes technical correction to the October 21, 2015, notice to clarify the program’s intent and to address various issues that have risen during the implementation of the Tribal HUD-Veterans Supportive Housing (VASH) program.

Section 184 Annual Fee Increase Notice and FAQs
December 1, 2016

Effective December 1, 2016 the new annual loan guarantee fee will increase from .0015 to .0025 percent for Section 184 case numbers issued on or after December 1, 2016. The new annual premium will apply to all new loan guarantees, including refinances. Read the full Federal Register Notice HERE. Frequently Asked Questions HERE. The revised Section 184 MCAW (Amortization and fee schedule tab has been changed to reflect the annual fee of .0025).

Update to Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program Processing Guideline Changes
December 1, 2016

A November 15, 2016 memo notifies lenders of changes to PIH Notice 2014-22 that impact Section 184 loans. The amendment is effective for all Section 184 Case Numbers issued on or after December 1, 2016.

FHE Mortgage Letter guidance on calculating student loan payments for Section 184 loans
December 1, 2016

FHA Mortgagee Letter 2016-08, effective June 30, 2016 provides the FHA guidance regarding documentation requirements and the standard for calculating monthly obligations for all student loans, regardless of payment type or status of payments. The FHA policy applies to Section 184 Loans. 

Final Rule Published! 24 CFR Part 1000 Revisions to the Indian Housing Block Grant Program Formula
November 22, 2016

Published in the Federal Register today, this final rule revises the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program allocation formula authorized by section 302 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, as amended (NAHASDA). Through the IHBG Program, HUD provides federal housing assistance for Indian tribes in a manner that recognizes the right of Indian self-determination and tribal self-government. HUD negotiated this final rule with active tribal participation and using the procedures of the Negotiated Rulemaking Act of 1990. The regulatory changes reflect the consensus decisions reached by HUD and the tribal representatives on ways to improve and clarify the current regulations governing the IHBG Program formula. The new regulation will take effect for the fiscal year 2018 IHBG allocations. One of the most significant changes will be that the formula data will be drawn from the United States Decennial Census and the (U. S. Census) American Community Survey; however, there will be adjustments to minimize the volatility such change could trigger. Other changes include administrative changes to the demolition language and conveyance requirements, and an increase to the minimum grant amount.


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