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Colleen Bickford
(907) 677-9800
For Release
August 31, 2006


ANCHORAGE, AK - Orlando Cabrera, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was in Alaska Aug. 14 through 21 to visit Alaska tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities across the state. During a stopover in Fairbanks, Cabrera presented Interior Regional Housing Authority with an award for fully integrating HUD's loan guarantee programs into the housing options offered through the housing authority.

[Photo 1: Housing Authority Director receives award]
HUD's Roger Boyd (left), applauds as Interior Regional Housing Authority's executive director, Steve Ginnis, is presented an award by HUD's Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Orlando Cabrera.
[Photo 2: HUD staff visit housing construction site in Kaltag]
Interior Regional Housing Authority Foreman Louis Ambrose (in blue w/black hat) talks with HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Orlando Cabrera, Nathan Butzlaff (Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) staff), HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Native American Housing Roger Boyd, and IRHA's Executive Director Steve Ginnis.

Cabrera recognized IRHA, the Tribally Designated Housing Entity for the Doyon/Fairbanks region, as the first TDHE to obtain financing through HUD's Section 184 program, and for leading the nation in the number of Title VI loans. In total, IRHA has received nearly $8 million in financing through these programs, and serves 38 federally recognized Indian tribes.

"The primary purpose of the Section 184 program is to help Alaska Natives and American Indians become homeowners," Cabrera said. "IRHA is a leader in providing homeownership opportunities with this HUD program."

Through the Title VI loan guarantee program, tribes can leverage their annual Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) grant five times. With Title VI financing, IRHA has substantially increased the scope of projects and reduced the per-unit logistical costs. As a result, IRHA is producing more housing at a lower cost. IRHA has received $4,340,110 in Title VI loan guarantees through six loans. Five of these loans were guaranteed during federal fiscal year 2006. IRHA has applied for an additional seven Title VI loans for $2,354,950. IRHA has used Title VI financing to construct and rehabilitate single-family homes.

"IRHA serves as a model for these programs and their ability to leverage funding," said HUD's Anchorage Field Office Director Colleen Bickford. "And with these funds, IRHA has substantially expanded its housing program."

Through the Section 184 program, IRHA has been able to acquire 16 units of rental housing in the Fairbanks community. The total loan amount of the four Section 184 loans is $1,222,467. All of IRHA's Section 184 loans have been received during federal fiscal year 2006.

"We were very surprised and appreciative to receive this recognition from HUD," said IRHA's Executive Director Steve Ginnis. "IRHA staff have worked hard to learn and use the Title VI program, and the results are obvious in our villages. People are happy,
and more homes are being built in a short period of time."

"We commend our IRHA staff, and HUD's Title VI staff for expediting our loan guarantees," Ginnis added.

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