HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 07-049
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
August 29, 2007


FORT WORTH - The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the Seneca Cayuga Tribe $119,918 today to improve housing conditions for Native Americans.

"This funding helps tribal communities provide decent, safe, affordable housing for its members," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, who announced the grants today. "HUD is proud to partner with tribal governments in our efforts
to provide quality housing to Native Americans."

The funding is from HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant Program that gives $626 million to nearly 400 tribal housing entities annually. The IHBG program was established under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination (NAHASDA) Act of 1996, which reorganized HUD's housing assistance to Native Americans by
eliminating several separate assistance programs and replacing them with block grant assistance. This single needs-based grant empowers tribes to determine how best to use the funding to address specific needs of their communities. Federally recognized Indian tribes or tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) are eligible for these grants.

The funding is used for a range of affordable housing activities on Indian reservations and Indian areas, such as building or rehabilitating existing housing; establishing housing services such as community centers or clinics to support the housing; providing crime prevention and safety for housing; and creating activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing challenges in the community.

HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) is responsible for managing and administering a range of programs, including the two largest federal rental assistance programs � public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher
Program (Section 8). Combined the programs serve more than 3.2 million low-income families in the U.S. PIH also monitors the operations of the nation's approximately 3,400 public housing authorities that manage the country's
more than 1.2 million public housing units and administer other HUD programs. PIH also manages the Office of Native American Programs, which is responsible for the implementation and administration of programs specific to Native American housing and economic development. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and


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