May 20, 2004
BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $571,028 IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDS FOR THREE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IN LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS - Three Native-American communities in Louisiana will receive $571,028 in federal assistance to promote affordable housing, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced today.
"These grants do so much good for so many people," Jackson said.
"This money helps Native American communities
do the critical work of providing affordable housing and helping our most vulnerable neighbors."
The following communities will receive funding:
The funding announced today is provided through HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program, which provides tribes or tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) with funds for a full range of affordable housing programs, including housing development; modernization; management services and operating assistance; housing counseling; crime prevention; and safety training and technical assistance. The block grant approach to housing for Native Americans was created in 1996, when the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act
(NAHASDA) was passed by Congress, giving tribes the authority to determine how funds should be used to address the specific needs of their communities.
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