The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $563 million to 353 American Indian and Alaskan Native entities as part of the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program. The IHBG funds are distributed annually to eligible American Indian tribes and tribal housing programs in order to facilitate affordable housing within Native American communities.
“Hardworking American families in tribal communities should be able to live in communities where they have a fair shot to reach their potential,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
“The resources provided today will give these tribal communities the tools to maintain quality housing, prevent overcrowding, improve public safety and provide other basic building blocks of security and success,” he continued.
The IHBG funds can be used toward a wide variety of tribal housing activities — from building affordable housing to creating crime prevention programs. The funds can also be used to provide assistance to existing HUD housing developed under the Indian Housing Program.
The Indian Housing Block Grant Program was established by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996, according to a press release issued Wednesday.