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ONAP is Hiring!

Supervisory Native American Programs Specialist, GS-1101-15 (HQ's Performance and Planning), Washington, DC.  Deadline to apply is August 4, 2015

15-HUD-1352-P (Open to the Public)

15-HUD-1351 (Internal)

Supervisory Loan Guarantee Specialist, GS-14, Washington DC.
Deadline to apply is August 11, 2015. 

15-HUD-1354-P (Open to the Public)

15-HUD-1353 (Internal)

Loan Guarantee Specialist, GS-13, Washington DC.  Deadline to apply is August 10, 2015.

15-HUD-1033-P (Open to the Public) 

15-HUD-1032 (Internal)

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Tribal HUD VASH Update! Dear Tribal Leaders Letter

On July 24, 2015, HUD published a “Dear Tribal Leaders” letter providing an update on the Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD VASH) program. The Federal Register Notice to implement the program is now expected to be issued by September 30, 2015. Click Here for a copy of the letter.



The Yurok Indian Housing Authority (YIHA), RBC Capital Markets and VitalSpirit break ground on the first ever California Low Income Housing Tax Credit project in Indian Country.  Read full project description here.

EM Newsletter Front CoverPD&R’s latest publication explores housing issues in Indian Country with a focus on tribal self-determination

Evidence Matters | Transforming Knowledge Into Housing and Community Development Policy, Spring 2015 - Report explores housing issues in Indian Country with a focus on tribal self-determination. Includes articles on the development and implementation of federal policies that empower tribal self-determination in housing policy, federal and tribal initiatives to improve data concerning Native American populations and examines how tribal communities have addressed unique barriers to homeownership.  Featured tribal communities include: the Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Native Village of Kwinhagak, Navajo Nation Housing Authority, Thunder Valley Development Corporation of South Dakota, the Ho-Chunk Community Development Corporation, and the Lumbee Tribe.

In this Issue:

PIH Notice 2015-09: Extension — Total Development Costs (TDC) for Affordable Housing under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) and Attachment published June 4, 2015.

This Notice extends the program requirements of PIH Notice 2014-06 dated June 19, 2014, and transmit the updated schedule for the maximum amount of funds that may be used for affordable housing under NAHASDA.  Click Here for full text and Attachment (MS-Excel).

Invitation for Consultation Dear Tribal Leaders Letter

On May 29, 2015, HUD published a “Dear Tribal Leaders” letter inviting all tribal leaders to a consultation session to be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at the NCAI Mid-Year Conference, to be held in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The consultation will be on the interagency coordinated environmental review initiative, which is now taking place.  Click Here for a copy of the letter.

Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Mold Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) Published! Deadline to apply for funds is June 22, 2015.

On April 20, 2015, the availability of approximately $12,400,000 for mold remediation and prevention in and on housing units owned or operated by tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) or assisted with HUD funding was announced. HUD's ICDBG program is authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, and the ICDBG program regulations at 24 CFR Part 1003.

FAQs on ICDBG Mold Remediation NOFA (NEW)

Program Guidance is available (MS-Word)  (PDF)


Resources for Mold Remediation and Prevention

Watch May 5, 2015 NOFA Webcast Presentation Slides

Streamlining the Environmental Review Process

HUD is leading a federal interagency effort to evaluate methods for better coordinating and streamlining the environmental review and clearance process for housing and housing-related infrastructure projects.

On April 24, 2015, HUD published a “Dear Tribal Leaders” letter notifying all tribal leaders of upcoming Consultation sessions May 12-14, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the AMERIND Risk/National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) annual convention.

On May 6, 2015, HUD issued an interim status report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriation.

Dear Tribal Leaders Letter

Environmental Review Interim Report May 6, 2015

Summer 2015 Federal Government Opportunities for Native Youth

Federal summer internships and scholarships are available to Native Youth from the Environmental Protection Agency, and Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Customs & Border Protection, Energy,  Homeland Security, Justice, and State, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Office of Personnel Management.

List of Opportunities by Agency

In addition to the opportunities listed above, federal jobs are posted on USAJobs at

White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC July 9, 2015.  Deadline to apply May 8, 2015.

The White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC, to provide American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country the opportunity to interact directly with senior Administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

The Tribal Youth Gathering will continue to build upon the President's Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative and his commitment to improve the lives of Native youth across the country. President Obama launched the Gen-I initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth through new investments and increased engagement. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to ensure all young Native people can reach their full potential.

Youth who complete the Gen-I Native Youth Challenge will be eligible to register for a chance to attend the upcoming White House Tribal Youth Gathering.  Deadline is May 8, 2015.  

White House Announcement


2014 Native Youth Report

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota named a 2015 Promise Zone

On April 28, 2015, the Obama Administration announced an additional eight Promise Zones across the country, including the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  Promise Zones are high poverty communities where the federal government partners work with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community.  All Promise Zones receive priority access to federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives.  Pine Ridge joins the Choctaw Nation in southeast Oklahoma as tribal Promise Zone designees. 

Pine Ridge Promise Zone Summary

Federal Resources for Rural and Tribal Communities

Native American Housing: Obstacles and Opportunities on April 9, 2015


Native American Image

Archived webcast available at:  

Search for Native American Housing: Obstacles and Opportunities on April 9, 2015.

HUD’s Tribal Government To Government Consultation Policy Published in the Federal Register- Request for Comments by June 8, 2015

Published on April 8, 2015, the purpose of this tribal consultation policy is to enhance communication and coordination between HUD and federally recognized Indian tribes, and to outline guiding principles and procedures under which all HUD employees are to operate with regard to federally recognized Indian or Alaska Native tribes.  Comments due June 8th, 2015.


Section 184 Loan Limits for FY2015 published

The new limits will go into effect for case numbers on or after May 1, 2015.  Click Here to download loan limits by county.

Transition to 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Final Guidance

On February 26, 2015, HUD published a transition notice to identify and explain significant changes made in 2 CFR part 200, and provide transition guidance and links to additional resource materials.  Click here to download pdf.

2 CFR Part 200 streamlines requirements from eight OMB Circulars: 

  • A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions,
  • A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments,
  • A-89, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance,
  • A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements With State and Local Governments,
  • A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations,
  • A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations,
  • A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, and

The guidance in OMB Circular A-50, Audit Follow up, on Single Audit Act follow up.

LGBT Non-Discrimination Dear Tribal Leaders Letter.

On January 28, 2015, HUD published a “Dear Tribal Leaders” letter notifying all tribal leaders that HUD is proposing to make changes to the regulation for HUD’s Indian Housing programs in order to conform to existing rules that require HUD-funded housing be made available regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.  Comments are due 30 days from the date of the letter.  Click Here for a copy of the letter. Click Here for a copy of the Equal Access Final Rule.

HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Demonstration Program

On January 26, 2015, a “Dear Tribal Leader” letter from HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, Rodger Boyd, was published pertaining to the Native HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Demonstration Program for homeless Native Veterans.  Comments are due February 25, 2015.  Click here for the letter. Contact your local ONAP office for a listing of upcoming listening sessions.   

PIH Notice 2015-01: Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program: Guidance and Procedures for Environmental Reviews under Part 50 published January 9, 2015.

This Notice provides instructions on conducting environmental reviews under 24 CFR Part 50 for tribes that do not assume these responsibilities under 24 CFR Part 58. In addition, it also describes the responsibilities of the HUD Area Office of Native American Programs (AONAP) and defines the information to be provided by recipients to the AONAP Administrator to facilitate HUD’s compliance with environmental review responsibilities under 24 CFR Part 50. Click Here for full text.

Native Asset Building Summit: A Pathway to Economic Self-Determination NHUD-ONAP 2014 Asset Building 2014National Summit held November 12-13th, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Presentations and handout materials available online at:

View presentations on:

  • Financial Education
  • Credit Counseling
  • Rental Readiness & Homeownership
  • Asset Building and the Cherokee Nation
  • Youth Entrepreneurship
  • Support Housing for Homeless Families
  • Urban Indian Community Development
  • Establishing a Creative Economy
  • Meeting your Financial Obligations
  • NABI & AFI How Tribes are Making it Work
  • Best Practices for Administering the Cobell Settlement Funds
  • "18 monies" and more

Dear Tribal Leader letter and two Executive Orders regarding participation of faith-based organizations in HUD programs- 30 day comment period.  

HUD’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships seeks comments regarding Tribal Consultation on HUD’s proposed regulatory changes to rules on equal participation of faith-based organization in HUD programs.   HUD will develop a proposed rule to revise the regulations that cover participation of faith-based organizations in HUD programs.  After comments are received from tribal leaders, the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register, and another comment period will ensue. 

“Dear Tribal Leader” letter from HUD Secretary Julian Castro and a revised draft of HUD's Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation Policy issued November 12, 2014

The Policy was revised based on tribal comments received in 2010.  Comments to the attached Policy are due by December 16, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Emily Wright, Office of Native American Programs, HUD at (206) 402-6739.

Copy of Secretary's letter, click here.

For draft copy of Policy, click here.

Continuity and Change: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Housing Conditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives

This interim report is part of the National Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The project’s overarching purpose is to document the housing needs and conditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) and Native Hawaiians. As a component of this broader project, this specific report examines trends in the circumstances (social, economic, and housing) of the AIAN population using secondary sources, predominantly the products of the U.S. Census Bureau. The final report of this study will merge rich field research data with the findings presented here. Though this report only offers a partial picture, it contains new information about how Native Americans are faring in the Nation today. The housing needs and conditions of Native Hawaiians will be described in a separate report. Download the report here:

ONAP Technical Assistance & Training Announcement and Technical Assistance Request Form.

 ONAP Technical Assistance & Training Annoucement

May 2, 2013
The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is embarking on an innovative and responsive process of delivering technical assistance and training to tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE) grantees.  ONAP has awarded grants to the following eight organizations:  ICF International, the National Congress of American Indians, the National American Indian Housing Council, the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities, FirstPic, Econometrica, Pacific American Foundation, and Red Lake Reservation Housing Association.  The goal of this new method of delivery will provide a high level of instruction and cost-effective technical assistance and training to tribes and TDHEs in a more timely manner. 

As in the past years, tribes and TDHE’s will formally request training and technical assistance on a particular need through their respective ONAP Area Office. The ONAP Area Office will coordinate the requested need with one of the successful providers listed above.  Examples of such technical assistance and training include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Indian Housing Plan (IHP)
  • Environment Reviews
  • Board of Commissioners
  • Financial and Fiscal Management
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Tax Credit & Title VI
  • NAHASDA Essentials
  • Capacity
  • Crime Prevention
  • Program Income
  • Home Buyer Education

For more information, please contact your area ONAP Office

(907) 677-9836

Northern Plains
(303) 672-5160

Southern Plains
(405) 609-8520

(808) 457-4662

Eastern Woodlands
 (312) 353-4532   

 (206) 220-5270

(602) 379-7200

Click here to download a copy of the "Technical Assistance Annoucement."

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