The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $15 million to 12 tribal governments in Washington state to help address local affordable housing needs.
The grants were part of nearly $210 million in Indian Housing Block Grants made to 146 tribal governments in 25 states across the country. The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribal government or its designated entity.
“Just as there is a pressing need for more affordable housing in America’s cities and towns, there is a need on tribal lands,” said Mary McBride, HUD’s Northwest Region administrator. She said the grants are intended to help tribal governments fund “creative and effective ways to address those considerable needs.”
Receiving grants in Washington state: Colville Housing Authority, $3.6 million; Lummi Housing Authority, $3.1 million; Upper Skagit Tribe, $1.2 million; Muckleshoot Housing Authority, $1 million; Chehalis Tribal Housing Authority, $1 million; Suquamish Tribe, $684,601; Nooksack Tribe, $671,124; Quileute Housing Authority, $649,322; Skokomish Tribe, $597,620; Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, $312,003; Hoh Indian Tribe, $112,105.
The grants can be used to develop housing, provide housing services to eligible families and individuals, develop solutions to affordable housing problems, and for crime prevention and safety programs.