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RISMEDIA, August 13, 2009-During a visit to an Anchorage, Alaska community today, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that HUD is awarding 61 grants, totaling $132 million, to Native American and Native Alaskan communities across the country to improve housing and stimulate community development (see below for detailed grant list). The announcement came during a visit to the Mountain View community in Anchorage, which has received Recovery Act funding. The Secretary was joined by U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, and other local elected and housing officials.

The Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) and Native American Housing Block Grant (NAHBG) funds being awarded today are provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). These grants will help Native American tribes improve the quality of their housing stock, develop viable communities, promote energy efficiency and create jobs.

“I am proud to announce today that, thanks to the Recovery Act, HUD has invested a half billion dollars in Native American and Alaskan communities across the country, including communities right here in the beautiful State of Alaska,” said Secretary Donovan. “As I have seen firsthand today, these funds are already at work in some of the hardest hit communities, creating jobs and revitalizing neighborhoods.”

Earlier this year, HUD allocated an additional $255 million in Recovery Act funding to nearly 600 eligible tribes and tribal housing entities. That funding is already being put to work to improve Indian housing. The total Recovery Act investment for housing and community development in Indian Country is nearly $510 million, which includes the formula and competitive awards.

The grants announced today were awarded competitively from two programs, which are awarding grants on a rolling basis:

The Native American Housing Block Grant (NAHBG): $242,250,000 is available for Indian tribes or tribal organizations representing tribes that are eligible to receive Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) funds. These funds can be used to build new housing and purchase land to support new housing construction. They also can be used to rehabilitate existing housing, including large-scale improvements such as new roofs, plumbing and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency. The funding can build infrastructure, including roads and water and sewers facilities, to create suitable living environments. Priority is given to applicants that demonstrate an ability to obligate and expend the funds quickly.

Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG): $10 million is available for Indian tribes or tribal organizations representing tribes that received an ICDBG grant in Fiscal Year 2008. These funds can be used to encourage economic development, including establishing a wide variety of commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. Priority is given to applicants that create job opportunities that will bring economic recovery to tribal communities; and to promote energy efficiency in their projects.

The Recovery Act includes $13.61 billion for projects and programs administered by HUD, nearly 75 percent of which was allocated to state and local recipients only eight days after President Obama signed the Act into law. The remaining 25 percent of funds, including the grants announced today, are currently being awarded through an ongoing competitive grant process. HUD is committed to implementing Recovery Act investments swiftly and effectively as they generate tens of thousands of jobs, modernize homes to make them energy efficient, and help the families and communities hardest hit by the economic crisis.

In addition, Secretary Donovan and HUD are committed to providing the highest level of transparency possible as Recovery Act funds are administered. It is vitally important that the American people are fully aware of how their tax dollars are being spent and can hold their federal leaders accountable. Every dollar of Recovery Act funds HUD spends can be reviewed and tracked at HUD’s Recovery Act website. The full text of HUD’s funding notices and tracking of future performance of these grants is also available at HUD’s Recovery Act website.

The grants are being awarded to the following recipients:

Grantee Community State Amount
MOWA Band of Choctaw HA Mt. Vernon AL $960,000
Asa’carsarmiut Tribe Mountain Village AK $2,000,000
AVCP Regional Housing Authority Bethel AK $5,000,000
Metlakatla HA Metlakatla AK $2,000,000
Arctic Village Arctic Village AK $ 2,000,000
Ketchikan Indian Corporation Ketchikan AK $ 2,000,000
Fort Bidwell Indian Community Fort Bidwell CA $2,000,000
Pinoleville Pomo Nation Ukiah CA $375,511
Susanville Indian Rancheria HA Susanville CA $799,236
Chico Rancheria Housing Corporation Chico CA $1,758,000
Bishop Paiute Tribe Bishop CA $1,998,580
All Mission Indian Housing Authority Temecula CA $2,000,000
Manzanita Band of Diegueno Indians Boulevard CA $1,965,662
Housing Authority of the Iowa Tribe of
KS and NE White Cloud KS $1,983,000
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal
Housing Authority Chilmark MA $1,895,855
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Mashpee MA $2,000,000
Pleasant Point Reservation HA Perry ME $2,000,000
Bay Mills Indian Community HA Brimley MI $2,000,000
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and
Chippewa Indians Suttons Bay MI $2,000,000
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake
Superior Chippewa Watersmeet MI $1,996,338
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Manistee MI $2,000,000
Little Traverse Bay Bands of
Odawa Indians Harbor Springs MI $2,000,000
Match E- Be-Nash-She-Wish Band Dorr MI $2,000,000
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Dowagiac MI $2,000,000
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of The Potawatomi Fulton MI $2,000,000
Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council Nett Lake MN $2,000,000
Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota
Chippewa Tribe Cloquet MN $2,629,550
Grand Portage HA Grand Portage MN $2,000,000
Leech Lake HA Cass Lake MN $3,000,000
Lower Sioux Indian HA Redwood Falls MN $2,000,000
White Earth Reservation HA Waubun MN $3,000,000
Choctaw HA Choctaw MS $2,988,987
Yerington Paiute Tribal HA Yerington NV $2,000,000
Isleta Pueblo HA Isleta NM $2,000,000
Ohkay Owingeh HA Ohkay Owingeh NM $2,000,000
Zuni HA Zuni Pueblo NM $3,000,000
Mescalero Apache Housing Authority Mescalero NM $3,000,000
Laguna Housing Dev. & Mgmt. Enterprise Laguna NM $600,000
Taos Pueblo Housing Taos NM $579,778
Seneca Nation Housing Authority Irving NY $3,000,000
Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma Tonkawa OK $1,937,804
Absentee Shawnee Housing Authority Shawnee OK $2,677,572
Wyandotte Nation Wyandotte OK $1,717,490
Wichita Housing Authority Anadarko OK $2,000,000
Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation
of Oklahoma Hugo OK $4,000,000
Siletz Tribe Siletz OR $2,935,000
Narragansett Indian Tribe of RI Charlestown RI $2,000,000
Colville Housing Authority Nespelem WA $3,000,000
Lummi Housing Authority Bellingham WA $3,000,000
Quinault Housing Authority Taholah WA $2,000,000
Squaxin Island Tribe Shelton WA $1,196,160
Yakama Nation Housing Authority Wapato WA $3,000,000
Port Gamble S Klallam Housing Authority Kingston WA $1,679,763
Puyallup Nation Housing Authority Tacoma WA $3,000,000
Bad River Housing Authority Odanah WI $2,000,000
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Keshena WI $3,000,000
Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin Oneida WI $3,000,000
Sokoagon Chippewa Community Crandon WI $1,885,661
Lac du Flambeau Chippewa HA Lac du Flambeau WI $2,000,000
Red Cliff HA Bayfield WI $2,000,000
Stockbridge-Munsee Community of
Wisconsin Bowler WI $2,000,000

TOTAL: $131,559,947

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