August 9, 2004
BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDS FOR THE UMATILLA RESERVATION
PORTLAND, OR - The Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority will receive $1,252,477 in federal assistance to promote affordable housing, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced today.
These grants do so much good for so many people, Jackson said. This money helps Native American communities
do the critical work of providing affordable housing and helping our most vulnerable neighbors.
We are pleased to grant these funds to the Umatilla Reservation Housing Authority so they can continue to promote affordable housing, homeownership and other vital programs for tribal members, said Tom Cusack, HUDs Oregon State Director.
The funding announced falls under HUDs Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program, which provides tribes or tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) with funds for a full range of affordable housing programs, including housing development; modernization; management services and operating assistance; housing counseling; crime prevention; and safety training and technical assistance. The block grant approach to housing for Native Americans was created in 1996, when the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) was passed by Congress, giving tribes the authority to determine how funds should be used to address the specific needs of their communities.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nations fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.