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HUD No. 11-173
Elena Gaona
(202) 708-0685
For Release
August 23, 2011

Grants leverage an extra $18 million for rural and tribal areas to address housing, poverty and jobs

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded more than $28 million to 46 rural and tribal communities throughout the nation to address distressed housing conditions and concentrated poverty. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said the grants from HUD's new Rural Innovation Fund promote an 'entrepreneurial approach' to affordable housing and economic development in rural areas (see list of grants by the state of their service area below).

"Rural America is vast and diverse, and different communities face different challenges and opportunities," said Donovan. "Because there is no 'one-size-fits-all' approach to strengthening rural communities, this funding provides flexible resources to address either housing or economic development needs, or both. This is especially important for communities that may have more limited access to resources because of their distant locations. These are catalytic projects that will have an impact on their communities for generations to come."

For example, the Atmautluak Traditional Council in Alaska will train a construction workforce in green, energy-efficient new construction. Habitat for Humanity Lake County in California will repair and renovate 30 homes as part of its Jobs-for-Homes Project and hire local workers in the process. The Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation in Minnesota will provide business financing to redevelop an abandoned commercial facility for the production of biomass heating pellets, capitalizing on the area's supply of wood and logging residue, and linking in low-skilled area workers in the process. The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin will create a visitors center to promote tribal businesses and provide a venue for the work of local crafts and tradespersons.

HUD's new Rural Innovation Fund offers grants of up to $2 million to support innovative housing and economic development activities in 19 states throughout the country. HUD received 307 applications from 48 states for over $236 million, almost 10 times the amount available. Eligible applicants were federally recognized Indian tribes, state housing finance agencies (HFAs), state community development agencies, local rural non-profit organizations, community development corporations, or consortia of these groups. Grantees can use their grant funding to support a variety of housing and economic development activities including construction, preparation of plans, land acquisition, demolition, homeownership counseling, and financial assistance.

HUD awarded Rural Innovation Fund grants in three categories:

  • Comprehensive Grants - 7 Comprehensive grants, in which grantees have examined the social, housing and economic needs and resources of their target areas and made proposals that address these needs through activities that will have sustained benefit and resources after HUD assistance is used. The maximum grant amount was $2,000,000 for this category.
  • Single Purpose Grants - 31 Single Purpose grants, for more targeted initiatives, which typically focus primarily on either housing or economic development. The maximum award amount was $300,000 for this category.
  • Economic Development and Entrepreneurship for Federally Recognized Tribes - 8 Indian Economic Development and Entrepreneurship grants, awarded from $5 million set aside for applications for federally recognized Indian tribes. The maximum award amount was $800,000 for this category.

Highlights of the Awards include:

  • 19 states are represented among the service areas, including Alaska and Puerto Rico.
  • 27 awardees - over half - are tribes or tribal affiliates. Tribal organizations were competitive in all categories under the NOFA.
  • 789 housing units are proposed for low income beneficiaries.
  • 655 total jobs will be created through activities assisted by the grants. Jobs include 178 construction jobs and 460 permanent jobs.
  • Grantees have proposed to leverage over $18 million in other funds for their respective projects.

Read complete grant summaries for each grant announced today.


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FY 2010 Rural Innovation Fund Awards

State City Grant Type Grantee
Grant Amount
Alaska Atmautluak Indian ED Village of Atmautluak
  Kake Indian ED Organized Village of Kake
Arizona Nogales Comp Nogales Community Development Corporation
  Elfrida Single Purpose Elfrida Citizens Alliance Inc
  Ajo Single Purpose The International Sonoran Desert Alliance
  Peridot Single Purpose San Carlos Housing Authority
Arkansas Arkadelphia Comp Southern Bancorp Capital Partners
California Happy Camp Indian ED Karuk Tribe
  Lower Lake Single Purpose Habitat for Humanity Lake County
  Temecula Single Purpose All Mission Indian Housing Authority
  Pauma Valley Single Purpose La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians
  Hemet Single Purpose Santa Rosa Band of Mission Indians
  Anza Single Purpose Cahuilla Band of Indians
  Loleta Single Purpose Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria
Illinois Normal Single Purpose YBMC Inc. (dba: YouthBuild McLean County)
Kentucky Mayfield Single Purpose Purchase Area Housing Corporation
  Hazard Single Purpose Housing Development Alliance, Inc.
  Louisville Single Purpose Young Adult Development in Action,Inc.
  Somerset Single Purpose Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation
Louisiana Ferriday Single Purpose Macon Ridge Community Development Corporation
  Belle Chasse Single Purpose Pilgrim Rest Community Development Agency
Michigan Baraga Single Purpose Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Housing and Community Development Corporation
Minnesota Detroit Lakes Single Purpose Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation
Mississippi Lexington Comp Community Students Learning Center
Montana Box Elder Comp Chippewa Cree Tribe
  Lame Deer Single Purpose Northern Cheyenne Tribal Housing Authority
  Pablo Single Purpose Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority
    Single Purpose Walking Shield, Inc. of Lake Forest, California
New Mexico San Felipe Pueblo Comp San Felipe Pueblo Housing Authority
  Taos Indian ED Taos Pueblo
  Santa Fe Single Purpose Northern Pueblos Housing Authority
Oklahoma Durant Indian ED Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  Hugo Single Purpose Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc.
  Wewoka Single Purpose Housing Authority of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
Puerto Rico   Comp PathStone Corporation of Rochester, New York
  Mayaguez Single Purpose Instituto para el Desarrollo Socioeconomico y de Vivienda PR
South Dakota Pine Ridge Comp Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Housing
  Kyle Single Purpose The Lakota Fund, Inc.
  Pine Ridge Single Purpose Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial, Inc.
  Eagle Butte Single Purpose Four Bands Community Fund, Inc.
Texas New Caney Single Purpose Motivation Education & Training, Inc.
Virginia   Single Purpose National Council on Agricultural Life & Labor Research Fund of Dover, DE
Washington Usk Indian ED Kalispel Tribe of Indians
  Nespelem Indian ED Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Wisconsin Hayward Indian ED Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
  Tomah Single Purpose Ho-Chunk Housing and Community Development Agency


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