This guidance provides recipients of Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds with information on how to complete the Indian Housing Plan (IHP)/Annual Performance Report (APR) (form HUD-52737). Also published is a step-by-step guidance for completing the IHP and APR sections of form HUD-52737. The guidance provides in-depth descriptions along with numerous examples to assist the recipient.

Beginning on May 1, 2018, Indian Housing Block Grant recipients are required to use EPIC for the submission of HUD-52737, the Indian Housing Plan / Annual Performance Report (IHP/APR), IHP Amendment, or IHP Waiver. Click Here for the EPIC User Manual for Recipients. Please contact your local Area ONAP office with questions.
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Below is a press release on the U.S. Department of Labor website announcing $62 million in grants to provide employment assistance and workforce development services to Native Americans.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES $62 MILLION IN GRANTS TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES TO NATIVE AMERICANS

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced approximately $62 million in grants to provide employment assistance and workforce development services to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Through these grants, the Department’s Indian and Native American Employment and Training program seeks to assist American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians in obtaining employment and increasing wages through job placement, education, and occupational skills development. To help Native Americans become more competitive in the workforce, the grants will help individuals develop academic, occupational, literacy, and entrepreneurial skills necessary for successful employment – consistent with the values and goals of Native American communities.
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2018 DUES

Below is a link for the invoice for your 2018 dues. Please submit your 2018 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 2018 dues. Thanks you in advance for the payment of your 2018 dues.
GLIHA-Membership-Invoice-2018
GLIHA W9

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NAIHC LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

 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.


 

Section 184 Regulations Tribal Consultation updates: Dear Tribal Leader letter, national call recording, additional consultation session in Chicago

All updates can be found on Consultation on Section 184 Regulations webpage, including links to Department’s Tribal Consultation Policy, current Section 184 regulations, authorizing legislation, and updates on the consultation process. HUD welcomes all tribal comments on the Section 184 program. Email comments to 184consultation@hud.gov.

Upcoming Consultation Sessions – details on the Consultation on Section 184 Regulations webpage
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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.

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Updated HUD Tribal Directory Assistance Tool (TDAT)

A new version of the HUD Tribal Directory Assistance Tool (TDAT) is available at https://egis.hud.gov/tdat. 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.”

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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)

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: Erica.Moorer@hhs.gov

Date:
Name of Requesting Organization(s):
Point(s) of Contact from Organization(s):
Title:
Email:
Phone: