The next GLIHA meeting is being held in conjunction with NAIHC and Amerind’s National Convention and Tradeshow in Denver, CO. May 7-9, 2019.

The GLIHA meeting is scheduled for Monday May 6, 2019 7 pm-9 pm. The meeting will be held in the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Rooms 702/704/706. This year is an election year and officers will be elected or reappointed. If you are unable to attend, please fill out the attached GLIHA-Proxy-Form and return to char.roberts@redlakenation.org. Also, GLIHA membership dues are due by May 1, 2019 and will need to be paid in order to vote.

Below is a link for the invoice for your 2019 dues. 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. Thank you in advance for the payment of your 2019 dues.
GLIHA-Membership-Invoice-2019
GLIHA W9

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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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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

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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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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.

Click Here for Presentation Slides

Click Here for YouTube Recording

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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.

 

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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