HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD IX No. 12-41
Gene Gibson
(415) 489-6414
For Release
May 1, 2012

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 $1.8 million to three tribal communities in Nevada 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 address a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities for low- to moderate-income families (see grant chart and summaries below).

"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 HUD funding is crucial to the tribal communities in support of their infrastructure, housing, health and business enterprises," said Administrator of the HUD Southwest Native American Programs Carolyn O'Neil. "The tribes will use the funding to improve the quality of their individual lives as well as the economic development of their community. Some tribes will benefit by using the HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant funding by upgrading water and sewage systems, others will build new housing, some will build new health clinics, and others will create local jobs through community projects."

The funding to Nevada awarded today is part of the $56 million HUD announced 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 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. Here are just a few specific examples of HUD ICDBG grant use for tribal economic and community development:

  • The Wells Indian Colony Band of Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone will use its grant of $605,000 for the design and construction of a Small Business Development Incubator to house three new start-up businesses. This economic development project will provide a safe environment for new businesses to get established and to become profitable.

  • The Ely Shoshone Tribe grant of $605,000 will be used to rehabilitate 13 homes. The units consist of nine trailers and four modular units. Trailers are 840 square feet, with three- bedrooms and one-bathroom. Modular units are 1,080 square feet, with (3) bedrooms and (2) bathrooms.

  • The Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe grant of $605,000 will be used to foster economic development on the reservation. The tribe will expand its travel plaza by 1,800 feet. The project will provide an area benefit that will increase jobs and job retention as well as a needed services and access for Fort McDermitt residents.

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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Nevada ICDBG Grants

Nevada Ely Shoshone Tribe Ely $605,000
Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe McDermitt $605,000
Wells Indian Colony Band of Te-Moak Tribe of W. Shoshone Wells $605,000
TOTAL   $1,815,000


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