Notice of Funding Availability- Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Grant Program

HUD published the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)-Competitive Grants Program. This NOFA announces the availability of $198 million for competitive grants to Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities eligible to receive IHBG funding under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, as amended (25 U.S.C. 4101 et seq.).

Locate and read the Dear Tribal Leader letter here.

ONAP has scheduled on-site and in-person trainings on IHBG Competitive program NOFA eligibility and requirements. The Eastern Woodlands training is scheduled for July 9-10, 2019 in Chicago.

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Determining and Using Program Income Under NAHASDA

PIH 2019-07– This notice replaces PIH Notice 2000-18 and provides guidance for determining and using program income generated by the use or disbursement of Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds.

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FY2019 Income Limits Published

HUD develops income limits based on Median Family Income estimates and Fair Market Rent area definitions for each metropolitan area, parts of some metropolitan areas, and each non-metropolitan county. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets income limits that determine eligibility for assisted housing programs. Access the complete data set and documentation at: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html

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Dear Tribal Leader Letter from Secretary Carson regarding Opportunity Zones

Secretary Carson chairs the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council which oversees the development and progress of the Opportunity Zones program. He is requesting feedback from Tribal leadership on recommendations that HUD can take to encourage investment in Opportunity Zones. Read the full letter HERE.

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Issued: ONAP Program Guidance 2019-01: Repayment of Federal Funds Process

This guidance is to inform tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) that the Federal Government no longer accepts checks, wire transfers, or credit cards for repayment of Federal debt; instead, any repayment of Federal funds must be made through Pay.gov ⸺ a secure, online system operated by the U.S. Treasury. This guidance provides the step-by-step procedure for making a repayment to the U.S. Treasury and replaces Program Guidance 2010-03. Click Here to read in full.

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FY 2019 Final Indian Housing Block Grant Formula Allocations Published

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Dear Tribal Leader letter announces FY2019 Funding Amounts

Today the President signed the FY2019 funding bill that funds ONAP through September 30, 2019. Highlights from the funding bill are as follows. For complete comparison of FY2018 and FY2019 enacted amount Click Here to read the full Dear Tribal Leaders letter.

Tribal HUD-VASH $4,000,000
Indian Housing Block Grant $755,000,000
Indian Housing Loan Guarantee (Section 184) $1,440,000
Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant $2,000,000
Indian Community Development Block Grant $65,000,000
TOTAL: Office of Native American Programs $827,440,000

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USDA Launches Interactive Data Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

The United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has launched an interactive data tool to help community leaders build grass-roots strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Opioid addiction poses a monumental challenge for rural communities across the country, but especially in small, rural communities with limited resources. With the launch of this new tool, USDA is helping communities develop data-driven solutions to the opioid crisis. The Opioid Misuse Community Assessment Tool enables users to overlay substance misuse data against socioeconomic, census, and other public information. This data will help leaders, researchers, and policymakers assess what actions will be most effective in addressing the opioid crisis at the local level. The tool is free and available to the public. For more information, visit: https://www.usda.gov/topics/opioids.

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Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership

The Center for Indian Country Development’s Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership provides detailed examples, case studies, checklists, and information on developing affordable homeownership in Indian Country. This essential guide provides information on new mortgage programs (government and private), the new kinds of lenders (loan funds, Native CDFIs), and the new energies that are transforming Indian housing. Download a copy HERE.

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RECENTLY PASSED IMPACTS OF THE FARM BILL ON TRIBAL ECONOMIES

The Farm Bill contains a number of provisions and programs that promote tribal agriculture and agribusiness, as well as infrastructure and economic development. While the bill supports the ability of tribes to serve as economic drivers in their regions, it also promotes much-needed food access and tribal government parity when it comes to hemp production, trade, and access to local markets. Key tribal economic development provisions from the Farm Bill are below:

  • Hemp Production: Legalizes industrial hemp farming and authorizes new tribal plans to self-regulate, develop, and expand hemp production; provides technical assistance to tribes in developing plans; and requires that states permit a tribe to transport hemp across a state so long as the hemp is lawfully produced under a tribal plan.
  • Refinancing Authority: Provides refinancing authority for some Rural Development programs currently within the Substantially Underserved Trust Areas (SUTA) designation.
  • Broadband: Provides for tribal priority, inclusion, and access to broadband programs, including the Community Connect program, to build infrastructure and economic development opportunities in Indian Country.
  • Federal Investments: Codifies and expands Tribal Promise Zone program authority in order to bring greater focus to federal investments in tribal communities in ways that stimulate local economic development.
  • Traditional Foods in Local Markets: Includes tribal eligibility for the Local Agriculture Market program to help tribes grow, process, and market Native foods.
  • Trade: Provides for increased support to include tribes in international U.S. trade delegations.
  • Micro-Loans: Authorizes and makes tribes eligible for micro-loans for local foods in food insecure areas.
  • Businesses and Infrastructure: Creates a Tribal Technical Assistance Office within Rural Development to support tribal governments applying for programs to build businesses and infrastructure.
  • Policy: Establishes a Tribal Advisory Council to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to advise the Secretary on tribal issues and policies.

Resources: H.R.2 – Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

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Updated Healthy Home Checklist from EPA/CDC/HUD/DHHS

Home assessments can help make homes healthier. Checklist covers the major contributors to asthma and allergies, with suggested action items that are generally simple and low cost. Download a copy HERE.

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USDA Launches New Program to Create High-Speed Internet e-Connectivity in Rural America

USDA recently launched its new program to create high-speed internet e-connectivity in rural America – also known as the ReConnect Program. Below you’ll find a summary of many of the resources made available to date regarding the ReConnect Program & info. about upcoming public webinars, scheduled to start Dec. 20th at 2:00 PM ET.

  • Federal Register Notice – Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-12-14/pdf/2018-27038.pdf

  • Technical Assistance Webinars Available for ReConnect Program – Starting December 20th

https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/RD_ReConnectWebinarFlyer122018.pdf

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HomeReady – Fannie Mae’s Low Down Payment Mortgage Product

Fannie Mae’s low down payment mortgage product. HomeReady can be used on tribal trust land on Indian reservations, pursuant to an agreement between Fannie Mae, the tribe and the lender. Ideal HomeReady borrowers:

  • Have low to moderate income
  • Are first-time or repeat homebuyers
  • Have limited cash for down payment
  • Have a credit score ≥ 620; borrowers with credit scores ≥ 680 may get even better pricing
  • Have supplemental boarder or rental income
  • Are looking to purchase or refinance

For further information, contact:
Kellie Coffey
Single Family Rural Housing | Duty to Serve
Fannie Mae
301-418-7643 (direct