HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Region X
Colleen Bickford
(907) 677-9800

For Release
July 1, 2004


ANCHORAGE, AK - Three Alaska tribes will receive more than $5 million in federal assistance to promote affordable housing, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced today.

The Asa'scarsarmiut Tribe will receive $384,928; the Village of Atmautluak, $198,190; and the Kodiak Island Housing Authority grant will be $4,437,028.

"These grants do so much good for so many people," Jackson said. "This money helps Native American and Alaskan Native communities do the critical work of providing affordable housing and helping our most vulnerable neighbors."

The funding announced today falls under 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.

"NAHASDA funds have supported a good deal of affordable housing development in rural Alaska over the years," said Colleen Bickford, Alaska's field office director, "and we're please to allocate these funds to further promote affordable housing. The funds are sorely needed."

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.


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