Save the Date – Next GLIHA Meeting
The first GLIHA meeting for 2019 will be held at the Seminole Native Learning Center on February 4, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m. The next GLIHA meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Seminole Tribe of Florida Renewable Energy and Sustainability Conference February 5-7, 2019. This will focus on the newly changing landscape for Tribal energy development and sustainability, including best practices, federal leadership, policy, and regulatory changes, funding a project, and project planning/development trends. The conference will give Tribes and First Nations an opportunity to explore the range of renewable energy and sustainability opportunities that exist and how to start the process. A link to both registration and hotel information as well as the agenda appear below.
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
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)
- Technical Assistance Webinars Available for ReConnect Program – Starting December 20th
The ICDBG Program provides eligible grantees with direct grants for use in developing viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low- and moderate-income persons. Projects funding by the ICDBG program must principally benefit low-and-moderate-income persons. Up to $65M is available through this NOFA. Deadline date of January 7, 2019.
Notice of Funding Availability Click Here. Apply at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309778 . Send any ICDBG NOFA related questions to: ONAP-ICDBG@hud.gov.
Section 184 Financing for Tribes webinar available
The Section 184 Indian Home Loan Product is the #1 federal loan guarantee program serving American Indian and Alaska Native families across the country! Did you know that Tribe’s can also use the Section 184 loan to construct, rehabilitate, or acquire single families homes both on and off reservation? The definition of Single Family includes a single unit, duplex, triplex, or a 4 plex. As a tribe you can then use your units as rentals or sell it to families in your community. Recorded webinar features Deanna Lucero, Section 184 Loan Guarantee Program Senior Loan Guarantee Specialist with the U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development.
Imminent Threat Grants Program Guidance Published
Program Guidance 2018-04 summarizes the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Imminent Threat (IT) program including the funding criteria for application procedures and examples of applications that could be funded. This guidance supersedes Guidance 20 17- 01(R), Imminent Threat Grants.
Published today, this Dear Tribal Leader letter and attachments seek tribal input on the regulations for the Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee (Section 184) program. Please see the below Subparts B & C of the draft proposed Section 184 regulations, for your review and comment.
All comments may be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, Tribes may submit comments by postal mail to: Krisa Johnson, Director Office of Loan Grantee, HUD – Office of Native American Programs, 451 Seventh Street SW, Room 4108, Washington, D.C. 20410. For more information visit: Consultation on Section 184 Regulations webpage.
HUD also will be conducting a second in-person tribal consultation on the draft proposed rule during the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) legal symposium held December 10-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Amended ONAP Program Guidance for Completing the Indian Housing Plan/Annual Performance Report published Effective Oct. 1, 2018, please refer to 2018-02a: Guidance for Completing the Indian Housing Plan/Annual Performance Report (form HUD-52737) (Amended 10/01/2018) and the Attachment: Step-by-step instructions.
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.
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.
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.
Published June 1st, FY 2019 Formula Estimates for the Indian Housing Block Grant Program are available HERE.
Below is a link for the invoice for your 2019 dues. Please submit your 2019 dues as soon as possible. Also below is a link for the W-9 form for those of you who need GLIHA’s tax identification number for the payment of your 2019 dues. Thanks you in advance for the payment of your 2019 dues.
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:
Single Family Rural Housing | Duty to Serve