Important Indian Housing News

IHBG Competitive NOFO

The IHBG Competitive NOFO has been published. The award ceiling is $7.5 million and the closing date is March 19, 2024.
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Save the Date

The next GLIHA meeting will be conducted at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Michigan on March 13-14, 2024 and is being hosted by the Hannahville Indian Community.  A link to the resort is enclosed.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on March 13th and will be completed by 1:00 p.m. on March 14th.  Room reservations can be made by calling 800-682-6040 and asking for booking code #16728. The sleeping room rate is $78.00 and is available for the nights of March 12-13, 2024. www.islandresortandcasino.com


HUD Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Rule Making Technical Conforming Changes to ICDBG Program Regulations

HUD has issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register:https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/01/10/2024-00039/submission-for-community-development-block-grant-program-consolidated-plans-and-indian-community. This rule proposes to make various changes to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program regulations. As part of this rulemaking effort, HUD is also making some conforming technical changes to the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) regulations.

All public comments are due March 11, 2024. HUD strongly encourages Tribes to provide HUD with feedback through the public comment process.

Please note that this is not the rule that the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is currently conducting Tribal consultation on.

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EPA Opens Competition for Community Change Grant Program

The EPA has recently opened the competition for the Community Change Grant Program, that has $2 billion dollars in funding for disadvantaged communities. The program aims to fund community-based grants for projects that reduce pollution and carbon emissions, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to respond to environmental and climate justice challenges such as extreme heat and flooding. Resilience improvements to housing infrastructure are eligible. The awards will range from $10-$20 million. The application for this grant program is rolling through November 1, 2024, with the opportunity resubmit your application if it is not initially accepted. Technical assistance is available for this application and can be accessed by filling out this request form or calling 1 (800) 540-8123.


EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Eligible uses: Capitalization grants are available to each State, and Tribes and territories for the purpose of establishing a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. This revolving fund provides loans and grants to water systems for eligible infrastructure projects including: construction of expansion of drinking water treatment plants and/or distribution systems; improving drinking water treatment; fixing leaky or old pipes (water distribution); improving sources of water supply; replacing or constructing finished water storage tanks; other infrastructure projects needed to protect public health.


DOE Tribal Allocation Formula for the Tribal Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates Programs

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced its allocation formula for the $225 million Tribal Home Electrification and Appliance Rebates program, funding energy efficiency and electrification home upgrades for Tribal households. This notice provides the tentative allocation formula developed by the DOE to distribute funds to Tribes, as well as the allocation amounts and data used to calculate allocations. DOE is proposing to use HUD’s FY23 Indian Housing Block Grant Allocation Formula to distribute funding to Tribes, with some modifications. HUD strongly encourages Tribes to submit comments to DOE on this proposed allocation method. This is a new program funded under the Inflation Reduction Act and will provide significant assistance to many Tribal families.


FY2024 Indian Housing Block Grant Formula Estimates

HUD has provided Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE) with their Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) formula allocation estimate for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. HUD is posting the following information on-line at: https://ihbgformula.com/fy2024/:

  • FY 2024 Formula Response Form (FRF) including the FY 2024 FRF Appendices A through D.
  • Calendar of Critical Deadlines and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • FY 2024 Correction/Challenge Log showing changes to the IHBG database between February 13, 2023, and May 4, 2023.

HUD is in the process of incorporating the 2020 U.S. Decennial Census data into the Needs data component in the IHBG formula allocation formula in the near future.  As a result, the FY 2025 Needs data will be published and distributed when it is available.  To provide Tribes and TDHEs with a similar amount of time as they had in prior fiscal years to review their data, HUD is considering issuing a waiver extending the deadline for submitting the FY 2025 Needs data challenges to a later date.  Tribes and TDHEs will be notified should the waiver be issued.


HUD Revises Section 8/Part 5 Definition of “Annual income”

Earlier this month, HUD released a Final Rule implementing Sections 102, 103, and 104 of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA). This rule makes changes to the section 8/part 5 rules on how income is calculated for families.  While most of these changes will not impact ONAP programs, the rule does make changes to the definition of annual income in 24 CFR 5.609. Many Tribes and TDHEs follow or adopt this definition of annual income when implementing their IHBG program. The effective date for 24 CFR 5.609 is January 1, 2024. ONAP will be developing guidance and training to help tribes and TDHEs that use the Section 8 definition of annual income adjust policies to reflect the new rules. We will be in touch with more information in the near future.


Notice PIH 2023-01 – Recent Changes to the Federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds 

This Notice informs Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities about increases to the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds for Federal grant programs.  The micro-purchase threshold has increased from $10,000 to $50,000.  Additionally, the simplified acquisition threshold is now $250,000.  Tribal grantees will now have increased flexibility when conducting procurement under the IHBG and ICDBG programs.  Please read the Notice for additional information and contact your Area ONAP with any questions regarding this Notice.


Section 184 Skilled Workers Program

On November 29, 2022, the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) issued Dear Lender Letter 2022-06, which implemented the Section 184 Skilled Workers Demonstration Program (Demonstration). The Demonstration allows Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) to utilize Section 184 Indian Home Loans to build new housing for skilled workers in and outside of Indian Country. Many Tribes are unable to attract skilled workers to live and work in their communities, primarily due to community remoteness and/or lack of available housing. Housing constructed with the Demonstration loan may be single units or up to a maximum of four attached units (a four-plex). To incentivize participation in the Demonstration, the Section 184 Upfront Fee is reduced to $1 and the Annual Guarantee fee is waived for the life of the loan. For more details, please see Dear Lender Letter 2022-06 here.


Program Guidance 2022-01– Income Limits for the IHBG program under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA)

This guidance replaces Program Guidance 2021-01 and provides the latest Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Income Limits applicable to the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program.


Notice PIH 2022-15: Federal Financial Report – Standard Form 425

This notice provides updated information to Indian tribes, tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs), and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) on the reporting requirements for the Federal Financial Report (FFR) – Standard Form 425 (SF-425). This notice supersedes Program Guidance 2014-07 and 2015-04, as well as any conflicting guidance with respect to SF-425 forms in all, applicable program Notices and applicable program NOFOs.  

Effective Immediately – starting with the period ending 06/30/2022, for the most part, grantees will only submit one SF-425 per open grant at the end of the grantee’s program/fiscal year.  Exception: Grantees approved to invest IHBG formula program funds will continue to submit quarterly SF-425s on IHBG formula grants (55IT/IH) whether you are actively investing or not.  ROSS grants will continue to follow the current reporting schedule.  Please contact ROSS-PIH@hud.gov with any questions related to ROSS financial reporting.

IMPORTANT:  To the extent the terms and conditions of the Federal award (i.e., the Funding Approval/Agreement—Form HUD 52734-A or B, the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), or the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)) require a frequency of SF-425 submissions that conflicts with the provisions of Notice PIH 2022-15, ONAP intends to refrain from enforcing those conflicting terms and conditions of the Federal award SF-425 submission requirements if the grantee follows the requirements of Notice PIH 2022-15


Notice PIH 2022-16: Total Development Cost (TDC) for Affordable Housing Under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA)


Section 184/184A Home Loan Guarantee Newly Published Resources

Dear Lender Letter 2022-04- The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to update the maximum loan limits for the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184) program and Section 184A Native Hawaiian Home Loan Guarantee (Section 184A) program.

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Dear Lender Letter 2022-03– The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to amend some of the review and re-review requirements in DLL 2022-01 and to make a technical update to the First Legal Action and Reasonable Diligence time frames for Borrowers exiting a COVID-19 Forbearance.

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Process for Amending ICDBG-CARES and ICDBG-ARP Grants

HUD published Notice PIH 2022-12 provides Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent Threat Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (ICDBG-CARES) and Indian Community Development Block Grant-Imminent Threat American Rescue Plan Act (ICDBG-ARP) grantees with instructions on how to request amendments to their existing grants. This notice establishes the amendment process for ICDBG-ARP grants and modifies the amendment process for ICDBG-CARES grants, replacing PIH Notice 2021-06 “Process for Amending ICDBG-CARES Grants”