Rancheria wins housing award
Sept. 3, 2013 — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Region IX Regional Administrator Ophelia Basgal recently announced $6.2 million in funding to five Native American tribes in California to improve or create housing and economic development opportunities for low- to moderate-income families.
The grants are awarded through HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant Program, and will benefit the following tribal communities:
•Susanville Indian Rancheria, Susanville, $605,000
•Quartz Valley Reservation, Fort Jones, $605,000
•North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, North Fork, $344,191
•Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians, Oroville, $555,164
•Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Havasu Lake, $605,000
•Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians, Anza, $605,000
•Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria, Loleta, $605,000
•All Mission Indian Housing Authority (Viejas), Temecula, $568,006
•All Mission Indian Housing Authority (Torres Martinez), Temecula, $569,304
•All Mission Indian Housing Authority (Pauma), Temecula, $566,933
•All Mission Indian Housing Authority (La Jolla), Temecula, $567,530
These awards are part of the $53.6 million in funds HUD will award competitively across the United States in 2013.
“These funds help Native American communities create sustainable, community driven solutions to the challenges they face,” said Donovan. “They are investments in the future that improve, preserve and expand the supply of decent, affordable housing, as well as expand economic opportunities for some of the most vulnerable fellow citizens.”
“Native American villages and tribal organizations are using (program) funds to meet their most pressing housing and community development needs,” said Basgal. “These grants will address unique challenges faced by tribes in remote areas which may also be experiencing severe weather conditions and an extremely short construction season.”
HUD’s grant program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleuts and Eskimos) or Alaska Native villages compete for this funding. The recipients use the funding to develop viable communities, including rehabilitating housing or building new housing or to buy land to support new housing construction.
Indian Community Development Block Grant funding can also be used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities, and to create suitable living environments. To spur economic development, recipients have used the grants to establish a wide variety of commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. The grants have been used to build community and health centers, or to start businesses to support the community, such as shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenience stores/gas stations.
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