More than $400 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) will be allocated to Indian communities this year, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced nearly $210 million in grants allocated to 146 tribes in 25 states.
IHBG funds are intended to help low-income families on Indian reservations or communities. “HUD recognizes the right of Indian self-determination and tribal self-governance by allowing the recipients the flexibility to design and implement appropriate, place-based housing programs, according to local needs and customs,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in a statement. “In addition, these grants will help support jobs in areas where they are needed the most.”
Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, assistance to housing developed under the Indian Housing Program, housing services to eligible families and individuals, crime prevention and safety and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems. The block grant approach to housing was enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).