WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced $44.7 million in Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) allocations to 14 tribes in Arizona. These funds are distributed each year based on a formula to eligible Indian tribes or their tribally designated housing entities for a range of affordable housing activities. The state funds are part of more than $400 million distributed nationwide in funds today, and $250 million in IHBG funds are still to be allocated among Native American communities throughout the country this year.
Arizona's IHBG allocations are:
Aha Macav Housing Entity $1,332,209, Ak-Chin Indian Community $381,945, Cocopah Indian Housing and Development $845,367, Colorado River Residential Management Corp. $2,306,848, Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community $8,390,175, Havasupai Tribe $332,012, Hopi Tribal Housing Authority, $6,656,575, Hualapai Indian Tribe $1,573,640, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians $371,036, Pascua Yaqui Tribe $4,347,121, Salt River Community Housing Division $2,595,605, San Carlos Apache Housing Authority $6,630,891, White Mountain Apache Housing Authority $7,626,079 and Yavapai-Apache Nation of Comp Verde $1,313,298, for a total of $44,702,801
IHBG funds are intended to primarily benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other communities. The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribe or designated entity.
"These funds are making a real difference in tribal communities each and every day," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "Projects include affordable housing, infrastructure upgrades, community centers and safety programs that every community needs to thrive. These efforts are part of a broader commitment to ensure Native American communities can build their economies in response to their needs and as they see fit."
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).
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