HUD Allocates Over $660 Million to Native American Communities, including Mashpee Wampanoag

KA_Mashpee_Wampanoag_Native American Thanksgiving32112115MASHPEE – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced more than $660 million in grant allocations to 587 Native American tribes in 35 states.

That includes nearly $700,000 to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and over $465,000 to the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah.

“Every family, every community in America, deserves the chance to flourish,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro. “Tribes use this funding to build new homes, or to solve their most pressing housing issues. Our partnerships with tribal communities and leaders are critical today to help ensure better housing, neighborhoods and economic opportunities for tomorrow.”

Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, housing services to eligible families and individuals and crime prevention and safety.

“The Indian Housing Block Grant program is the single, largest source of affordable housing assistance in Native American communities,” said HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramirez.

IHBG funds benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

HUD’s proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Budget seeks $700 million for Native American Housing Block Grants, which is $50 million above the enacted 2016 level, to address severe overcrowding and substandard housing conditions.

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