|HUD Region V No. 12-056
Laura J. Feldman
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May 1, 2012
HUD AWARDS $1.8 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROMOTE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IN MICHIGAN
Grants support critical projects in tribal areas to address housing, community development and jobs
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $600,000 to each of three tribal communities in Michigan to improve housing conditions, promote community development and to spur local economies with construction projects and jobs. The competitive grants awarded are part of HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program that addresses a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities for low- to moderate-income families.
|Hannahville Indian Community||Wilson||
|Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians||Dowagiac||
|Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of MI||Sault Ste. Marie||
"These grants are a step forward in forging solutions to improve the housing and economic conditions for some of our country's most culturally rich neighborhoods," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "I'm impressed at the energy and creativity in how these communities are leveraging public funds to create lasting solutions for countless families."
"This funding is an investment to promote neighborhood development and increase affordable housing while encouraging economic growth for our tribal communities in Michigan," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator.
The grants to Michigan are part of $56 million HUD awarded today to tribal communities throughout the nation. The recipients will use these grants to develop viable communities including rehabilitating housing or building new homes or to purchase land to support new housing construction. The funding can also be used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities. To stimulate economic development and job growth, recipients use the grants to establish commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. Recipients also use the funding to build community and health centers, or to start businesses to support the community including shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenience stores and gas stations. Specific examples of this sort of economic and community development include:
HANNAHVILLE INDIAN COMMUNITY (MI)
The tribe will use its grant of $600,000 for a transitional housing building. The project will renovate an existing tribal building into a single bedroom apartment complex, which will be operated as a transitional facility to address a need for safe, secure, and affordable housing for tribal members needing temporary housing. The 6,000 square foot building will provide nine single bedroom apartments.
POKAGON BAND OF POTAWATOMI INDIANS (MI)
The Pokagon Band will use its $600,000 grant to extend a waterline from the City of Dowagiac, MI municipal water system to the Pokagon Band's Pokagonek Edawat housing development. This waterline will connect with 34 existing units and provide water to 40 new units the Band plans to construct over the next 3 years.
SAULT STE MARIE TRIBE (MI)
The tribe will use its $600,000 grant for a water/sewer line expansion. The tribe currently owns and operates the wells and water supply; however the system does not contain any storage or high volume pumping capability. It also requires a separate filtration system. The system needs pressure to flush out the pipes for maintenance and for fire fighting. The grant will be used to construct a water line extension from the city water system to supply the Odenaang subdivision, and hook up with the city sewer system to eliminate the need for wells and filtration systems.
The ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs. Federally recognized tribes, bands, groups, nations or eligible tribal organizations compete for this funding.
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