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July 18, 2013

Arctic Village, Cheyak, Chignik, False Pass, Shungnak, Nikolai, Kake, Venetie, Qagan Tayagungin Tribe of Sand Point Villae, Mentasta Traditional Council & the Knik Tribe win HUD Indian Community Development Block Grants

ANCHORAGE - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride today announce the award of $5,720,168 to 11 native villages and a tribe in Alaska to improve or create housing and economic development opportunities for low- to moderate-income families.

The competitive grants, awarded under HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program, were won by:

Arctic Village Construction of 2 single-family homeownership houses $600,000
Chevak Native Village Construction of a new health clinic $600,000
Knik Tribe Acquisition & rehabilitation of 6-units of multi-family rental housing in Wasilla $600,000
Mentasta Traditional Council Construction of 1,000 square-foot primary care clinic $600,000
Native Village of Chignik Construction of 5 single-family homeownership houses $600,000
Native Village of False Pass Rehabilitation & update of eight, 25+-year old houses $242,156
Native Village of Shungnak Rehabilitation/weatherization of 22 existing homes & construction of up to 7. 2bedroom additions $600,000
Nikolai Village Construction of new health clinic $600,000
Organized Village of Kake Expansion & modernization of Kake senior community center $600,000
Qagan Tayagungin Tribe of Sand Point Village Acquisition & construction of 10k wind turbine for use in prototype new home $78,012
Village of Venetie Construction of 2 single-family homeownership houses $600,000
TOTAL $5,720,168

Today's awards are part of the $53.6 million in ICDBG funds HUD awarded competitively across the United States in 2013 .

"These funds help Native Alaskan communities create sustainable and community-driven solutions to the challenges they face," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "They improve, preserve and expand the supply of decent, affordable housing, as well as expands economic opportunities for some of the most vulnerable fellow citizens."

"Across Alaska native villages and tribal organizations are using ICDBG funds to meet their most pressing housing and community development priorities," said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride. "These grants will address unique challenges faced by a region with a remote population, severe weather conditions, and an extremely short construction season and some of the lessons they learn may be adapted by other communities across the country that are facing similar challenges."

The ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleuts and Eskimos,) or Alaska Native villages compete for this funding. The recipients use the funding to develop viable communities, including rehabilitating housing or building new housing or to buy land to support new housing construction.

ICDBG funding can also be used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities, and to create suitable living environments. To spur economic development, recipients have used the grants to establish a wide variety of commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. The grants have been used to build community and health centers, or to start businesses to support the community, such as shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenience stores/gas stations.


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