The next GLIHA meeting will be held at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on May 1-2, 2018. The Saginaw-Chippewa Tribe has graciously facilitated sleeping rooms at the Soaring Eagle for GLIHA members at the Federal Per Diem rate of $93.00. Reservations can be made on-line at the Soaring Eagle website by choosing Room Block and using group code GLIHA043018. In addition, you may call the Soaring Eagle directly at 877-232-4532, press option #1 for reservations and then provide the GLIHA Code, GLIHA043018. An agenda for this meeting will be forthcoming.

2018 DUES

Below is a link for the invoice for your 2018 dues. Please submit your 2018 dues by May 1, 2018. 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 2018 dues. Thanks you in advance for the payment of your 2018 dues.


 Final FY 2018 Spending Bill Passed, Includes Additional $100 million for Tribal Housing

This week Congress finally passed its full year FY 2018 appropriations.

The Omnibus spending bill includes an additional $100 million for tribal housing, however the bill requires the additional funds to be allocated among eligible NAHASDA recipients through a competitive grant process. NAIHC will work with our members and the HUD Office of Native American Programs to understand how the new funding will be made available.

The bill also provides additional funds for Training and Technical Assistance and for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). Funding for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program was also increased. Conversely, HUD-VASH funding has been decreased to only $5 million for FY 2018 and the bill did not include any provisions that would address the eligibility of tribal FCAS units in the program.

Below is a chart comparing how the various tribal housing programs are funded under the omnibus spending bill compared to last year:

Program FY 2017  FY 2018 Omnibus
HUD Indian Housing Block Grant $654 million $755 million
($100 million competitive)
Training and Technical Assistance $3.5 million $7 million 
Indian Community Development Block Grant $60 million $65 million
Title VI $2 million $2 million
Section 184 Loan Guarantee $7.2 million $1 million
Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant $2 million $2 million
Tribal HUD-VASH $7 million $5 million
BIA Housing Improvement Program $9.7 million $9.7 million
USDA Rural Development 502 Single Family Direct Loan $1 billion
*general program, not tribe specific
$1.1 billion
*directive to USDAto be “innovative” to improve the program in tribal communities

NAIHC will pass along more information about FY 2018 funding and the timing of funds becoming available to tribes as that information is released.

Up To $11.5 Million Available for Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands: Apply by April 19

On February 16, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $11.5 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands. This funding through the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will support Native American and Alaska Native communities interested in harnessing their vast undeveloped energy resources.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) builds on efforts to strengthen tribal energy, economic infrastructure resource development, and electrification on tribal lands. This is also the first time that the Office of Indian Energy is issuing a FOA on an entirely fuel- and technology-neutral basis. This will expand the potential for tribes to use the particular resources available to them and is consistent not only with an all-of-the above energy policy, but also with the principles of tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

This funding opportunity will solicit and select applications from Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations in the following areas:

  • Topic Area 1: Install energy efficiency measures and/or energy generating systems for tribal buildings that may include deep energy retrofits, energy generating systems, or a combination of energy efficiency measures and energy generating systems.
  • Topic Area 2: Deploy community-scale energy generating systems on tribal lands to provide electricity to a substantial number of buildings or even an entire tribal community.
  • Topic Area 3: Install energy systems for autonomous operation to power single or multiple essential tribal loads during emergency situations, or to power a substantial number of essential tribal loads for community resilience.

Selected projects will take on a 50% cost share in order to reduce or stabilize energy costs, as well as increase energy security and resilience for Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages.

Applications are due April 19, 2018.
For additional details, read the press release and download the full FOA.

Earned Income Tax Credit Toolkit and Outreach Resources

The EITC provides more money back at tax time for about 30 million low- and moderate-income working families. The EITC is a tax benefit for working people who earn lower or moderate incomes. The credit offsets taxes, supplements very low wages, and encourages work.

The EITC can help cover any federal income tax workers may owe at tax time. Besides offsetting taxes, workers earning lower wages may also get cash back through the EITC refund. Eligible workers who claim the EITC on their tax return can receive a refund even if they do not owe income tax.

Single and married people who worked full- or part-time at some point during 2017 can qualify for the EITC, if their income is below the following limits:

Number of
Qualifying Children
Single Married EITC Up to:
None $15,010 $20,600 $510
1 $39,617 $45,207 $3,400
2 $45,007 $50,597 $5,616
3 or more $48,340 $53,930 $6,318


HUD is seeking Tribal Consultation on Section 184 Loan Guarantee Program regulations
HUD is seeking to consult with Tribal Nations and Tribal Leaders at the beginning of the Section 184 Loan Guarantee Program regulation drafting process in accordance with the Department’s Tribal Consultation Policy. The Section 184 program is a home mortgage product specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native families, Alaska villages, tribes, or tribally designated housing entities. Congress established this program in 1992 to facilitate homeownership and increase access to capital in Native American Communities. The program has grown from under 100 loans in 1994 to over 4,000 loans worth over $700 million in fiscal year 2017. However, the regulatory framework that governs program has remained largely unchanged.

HUD is open to all tribal comments on the Section 184 program. More details about this Tribal Consultation can be found at:

New ONAP Program Guidance 2018-01 regarding the use of FCAS units and IHBG funds for Tribal HUD VASH rental assistance 
This notice provides additional guidance to Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing program (Tribal HUD-VASH) recipients on the use of Formula Current Assisted Stock (FCAS) units and the use of Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds for rental assistance in the Tribal HUD-VASH program. Read Full Text Here.

HUD Awards ROSS Grants to Promote Jobs and Self-Sufficiency
Several Native American Tribes were awarded HUD Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency – Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC) grant to encourage innovative and locally driven strategies that link residents with public and private resources to enable families to promote economic independence and housing self-sufficiency. These grants provide funding to hire and retain Service Coordinators who will assess the needs of residents and coordinate available resources in the community to meet those needs. Click here for a full listing of grantees.


Dear Tribal Leader Letter regarding EPIC roll out May 1, 2018 

HUD ONAP is seeking comments from tribal leaders and Indian housing officials regarding the implementation of EPIC, the electronic system for submitting Indian Housing Plans (IHPs), Annual Performance Reports (APRs), IHP waivers and amendments, and Federal Financial Reports (SF-425s). HUD plans to make EPIC available to all IHBG recipients beginning May 1, 2018. Click Here to read full text of the Dear Tribal Leader Letter.


Updated HUD Tribal Directory Assistance Tool (TDAT)

A new version of the HUD Tribal Directory Assistance Tool (TDAT) is available at TDAT links tribes’ geographic areas of current and ancestral interest down to the county level, and is utilized for tribal consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The functions of this version are the same as the last version of TDAT, but the look is different and it now functions on mobile devices. Updates to information listed in TDAT should be submitted through TDAT. This can be done by selecting “Menu”, and then “Feedback and Corrections.”

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)

Consultation Request Form for Region 5 Opioid Taskforce

The Region 5 Opioid Taskforce is comprised of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Staff and Operating Divisions. This task force is committed to assisting Indian Country in addressing this issue. The Taskforce will assist Tribes in identifying strategies and resources to combat this epidemic.

We welcome the opportunity to support your state, tribe, or organization to identify strategies and resources to combat the opioid epidemic. Please complete the brief information below to allow the Taskforce to review your request and schedule a consultation. Requests will be reviewed by Taskforce members to determine if a consultation is better suited to specific federal agencies or the entire R5 Opioid Taskforce. 

Submit consultation request and any attachments to:

Name of Requesting Organization(s):
Point(s) of Contact from Organization(s):

Please submit the following information:

  • Brief Summary of Request (limit to 1-page).
  • List of existing partners addressing this issue and in what capacity.
  • If your community has a strategic opioid plan, please attach.
  • If you have data or references that provide additional context for the issue, please include.