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February 21, 2012


ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced $16,599,715 in Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds to six Alaskan tribes and native villages to support their efforts to meet their affordable housing needs.

The six tribal and native Alaskan organizations in Alaska receiving IHBG allocations today are:

Bering Straits Regional HA $6,392,638
Chilkat Indian Village $73,337
Louden Tribal Council $185,923
Native Village of Barrow Inupiat Traditional Council $1,388,953
Organized Village of Kwethluk $571,124
Tlingit-Haida Regional HA $7,987,740

Earlier this month, HUD awarded $67.4 million in Indian Housing Block Grant funds to 46 tribes and native villages in Alaska. IHBG funds are distributed annually under a formula to eligible tribes or their tribally-designated housing entities for a range of affordable housing activities. IHBG funds are intended to primarily benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other communities. The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribe or designated entity.

"These funds are making a real difference in tribal communities each and every day," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "Projects include affordable housing, infrastructure upgrades, community centers and safety programs that every community needs to thrive. These efforts are part of a broader commitment to ensure Native American communities can build their economies in response to their needs and as they see fit."

"Affordable housing is a critical need in Indian Country," said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride. "These HUD funds will assist native villages and tribes in meeting their housing needs through sustainable and innovative practices that reflect their culture, heritage, and environmental stewardship."

Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, assistance to housing developed under the Indian Housing Program, housing services to eligible families and individuals, crime prevention and safety, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems. The block grant approach to housing was enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).


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