|HUD No. 06-ID-06
(208) 334-1088 ext. 3002
March 28, 2006
HUD AWARDS THE NEZ PERCE TRIBAL HOUSING AUTHORITY OVER $1 MILLION TO IMPROVE HOUSING CONDITIONS FOR NATIVE AMERICANS
BOISE - The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the Nez Perce Tribal Housing Authority $1,202,150 in grants to improve housing conditions for Native Americans. The Nez Perce Tribal Housing Authority will use the funding for maintenance and operation of current housing stock. Additional plans are for more homebuyer education as well as construction of new units.
"This funding helps tribal communities provide decent, safe, affordable housing for its members," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. "HUD is proud to partner with tribal governments in our efforts to provide housing to all people."
The funding is from HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant Program. The program was established in 1996 under the
Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination (NAHASDA) Act of 1996. NAHASDA reorganized the
system of housing assistance to Native Americans from HUD by eliminating several separate programs of assistance and replacing them with this block grant program. Federally recognized Indian tribes or their tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) and some state recognized tribes are eligible for this formula grant.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as
enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet