Next GLIHA Meeting
The next GLIHA meeting will be held on August 20, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Treasure Island Resort Casino in Welch, Minnesota. The GLIHA meeting is being held in conjunction with the Minnesota Indian Housing Conference which is being conducted on August 21-23, 2019. The link for Conference registration also includes information for reserving hotel rooms. Reserve your room by August 6, 2019 in order to take advantage of special rate.
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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.). Applications are due August 8, 2019.

Locate and read the Dear Tribal Leader letter here.

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Asset Building: A Pathway to Economic Self-Determination
September 17-18, 2019 | Niagara Falls, NY
HUD’s Office of Native American Programs is pleased to announce our 4th National Native Asset Building Summit will take place September 17-18, 2019 at the Seneca Niagara Hotel located in Niagara Falls, New York. “Asset Building: A Pathway to Economic Self-Determination” provides an opportunity for Native asset building practitioners to network and get up to date information on self-sufficiency initiatives taking place in Indian Country. This summit will fill up quickly, so please be sure to register and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.
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Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program Updates

The Office of Native American Programs, Office of Loan Guarantee is please to announce:

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Total Development Costs (TDC) for Affordable Housing under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA)

PIH-2019-19 and Attachment: This Notice supersedes Notice PIH 2010-47, same subject, dated November 19, 2010, and all the Notices extending that Notice, up to and including PIH-Notice 2016- 07, dated May 4, 2016. This Notice transmits the updated schedule for the maximum amount of funds that may be used for affordable housing under NAHASDA based on Marshall Valuation Service, Marshall & Swift/Boeckh, LLC and RSMeans Residential Cost Data for 2019. The requirement for the development and implementation of these limits is found at 24 CFR §§1000.156 through 1000.162 of the Indian Housing Block Grant regulations.

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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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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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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