October 7, 2004
HUD ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $600,000 IN FUNDING TO CREATE HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR SAN JUAN PUEBLO
SAN JUAN PUEBLO, N.M. - The Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority (OOHA) will receive $621,501 in federal funding to promote affordable housing. In making the announcement today, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary Michael Liu said this is an investment in the future.
OOHA, which represents the San Juan Pueblo, will use its 2004 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds to assist tribal member families by rehabilitating their housing, providing services to promote self-sufficiency, and enhance the safety and security of housing residents.
"This funding illustrates HUD's continuing commitment to provide communities with the resources they need to meet the housing needs of their residents," said Liu, who presented the grant to OOHA Executive Director Tomasita Duran at the Tsigo Bugeh Village Community Center. The facility was developed using funds from a variety of sources including HUD.
The Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program allows tribes or tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) to provide a range of affordable housing activities. The block grant approach to housing for Native Americans was enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996. This single needs-based grant empowers the Tribe with the responsibility of determining how the funds should be used to address specific community needs. IHBG funds may be used for affordable housing activities, including housing development, modernization, management services and operating assistance, housing counseling, crime prevention and safety, training and technical assistance.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, 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 nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet.