HUD awards $600,000 to Akwesasne Housing Authority to improve energy efficiency, air quality in 96 homes
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $600,000 to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Akwesasne Housing Authority to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality in 96 homes.
The grants are part of HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program, which supports a wide range of community development and affordable housing activities.“This investment will expand affordable housing and economic opportunities for families in Native American communities across the country.” said HUD Principal Deputy Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Lourdes Castro Ramírez. “We are proud to continue collaborating with tribal leaders to improve housing conditions and to lift up neighborhoods with vital new infrastructure and vibrant community spaces.”
The ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleuts and Eskimos,) Alaska Native villages, and eligible tribal organizations compete for this funding each year.
The goal of the program is to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including neighborhoods with decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities.
Communities can use the grants to rehab or build new housing; to buy land for housing; for infrastructure projects such as roads, water and sewer facilities; and to spur economic development including jobs.
HUD administers seven programs that are specifically targeted to American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian individuals and families, and federally recognized tribal governments.
HUD will provide $798 million in FY 2017 to fund programs that support housing and development initiatives in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.
Through innovative programming, American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments have created sustainable and community-driven solutions to their housing and community development challenges.