August Meeting Postponed
Recent developments pertaining to Coronavirus have been quite disheartening. The surge in Coronavirus cases has impacted a number of reservations and have required the continuation of numerous Tribal travel bans. The importance of protecting the health, safety, and well-being of GLIHA members remains of the utmost importance. Therefore, the GLIHA meeting scheduled for August 4-6, 2020 in the Wisconsin Dells has been postponed. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. Please let us know if there are any pressing issues that GLIHA should explore addressing either through on-line training or issue memorandums.
Deadline Extended for Submitting FY 2021 Formula Response Corrections
Due to difficulties some Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities may be experiencing in submitting timely correction requests to FY 2021 Formula Response Form data caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD is extending the deadline by an additional 30 days. Accordingly, all correction requests to the FY 2021 Formula Response Form data must be submitted by September 1, 2020. The September 1, 2020 deadline is important in ensuring that there is enough time to run the FY 2021 IHBG final allocations accurately and on time. We encourage Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities that are able to submit their correction requests before September 1, 2020, to do so. Because of the timing needed to run the IHBG final allocations, we will not be able to offer any additional extensions beyond September 1, 2020.
Should you have any additional comments or questions, please contact the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center at:
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
HUD looks forward to continuing to work with Tribes and Tribal organizations in FY 2021.
Thank you for your efforts to support Tribal communities.
Program Guidance No. 2020-01– Income Limits under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA)
This guidance replaces Program Guidance 2019-02 with the latest HUD Income Limits applicable to NAHASDA programs.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes provides grant funding to remediate housing-related health and safety hazards in Tribal housing. Native American tribal governments (including Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages) are eligible to apply for these grants. A Tribally designated housing entity (TDHE) may apply on behalf of one or more Indian Tribes. The maximum grant award for these 42-month grants is $1 million; the minimum, $500,000.
- TO APPLY: please visit: www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328357
- FOR MORE INFORMATION BEFORE APPLYING: To ask specific questions before or after the webinar, email AJ Salkoski at Aaron.J.Salkoski@HUD.gov
HUD IS HOLDING A NO-COST INTERACTIVE WEBINAR to discuss and answer questions about this Tribal funding opportunity. Please register for this special webinar on HUD’s 2020 Healthy Homes Production Grant Program for Tribal Housing NOFA, with a Questions and Answers segment, on August 6, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1938165629961513228.
HUD’s 2020 Lead Hazard Reduction Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes announces an an important funding opportunity to help keep low-income families and their children safe from lead-based paint hazards and, along with them, other housing-related health and safety hazards. Cities, counties, and certain states and tribes (those that administer their own lead abatement certification programs) are eligible to apply for these grants. The maximum lead funding in the various grant categories ranges from $3 million to $9 million, and the healthy homes supplement funding, from $400,000 to $700,000.
- TO APPLY (applications are due August 24th) please visit: grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328297
- FOR MORE INFORMATION BEFORE APPLYING: To ask specific questions before or after the webinar, email: A.Brown@HUD.gov
HUD IS HOLDING A NO-COST INTERACTIVE WEBINAR to discuss and answer questions about this funding opportunity. Please register for this special webinar on HUD’s 2020 Lead Hazard Reduction Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), with a Questions and Answers segment, on August 5, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3472627565011053324
This resource provides HUD’s 7015.15 Request Release of Funds (RROF) processing reminders to grantees regarding emailing objections, public review of the environmental review record, and emailing the RROF during COVID-19
HUD’s Office of Native American Programs Reporting Requirements Extension
HUD’s Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) recognizes that, in addition to providing and maintaining affordable housing, Tribes and TDHEs are coordinating emergency health services, emergency housing services, law enforcement, and other essential governmental services in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. ONAP also recognizes that these services are being provided while offices are closed, or staff is significantly reduced or teleworking. Therefore, to provide some relief for Tribes impacted by COVID-19, ONAP is extending the due dates for certain reports. Effective immediately, ONAP is extending, by 90 calendar days, the original due date for the following:
- Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Annual Performance Reports
- IHBG Formula and Competitive
- Quarterly and Final Federal Financial Reports (SF-425) for all ONAP managed grants:
- ICDBG and ICDBG Imminent Threat
- Tribal HUD-VASH
- Tribal HUD-VASH Reports (HUD-50058)
- Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Closeouts and Final Status and Evaluation Reports
- Responses to open findings for Audits
The 90-days extension currently applies to original due dates through June 30, 2020. ONAP is taking these actions pursuant to a March 19, 2020, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-20-17. This applies to grantees that have fiscal year-ends through June 30, 2020.
FY 2021 Indian Housing Block Grant Formula Allocation Estimates
The purpose of this Dear Tribal Leader letter is to inform Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE) of their Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) formula allocation estimate for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and to transmit the forms required for correcting the FY 2021 IHBG formula data and the FY 2022 IHBG Needs data. In the past, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would mail this information. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD is posting the following information on-line at: https://ihbgformula.com/fy2021/:
- FY 2021 Formula Response Form (FRF) including the FY 2021 FRF Appendices A through D and the FY 2022 IHBG Needs Data (Attachment A).
- Calendar of Critical Deadlines and Frequently Asked Questions.
- FY 2021 Correction/Challenge Log showing changes to the IHBG database between January 25, 2020, and May 12, 2020.
Tribes/TDHEs must review their data on the FY 2021 Formula Response Form and report any changes no later than August 1, 2020, to the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center. Census Challenges for the FY 2022 IHBG Needs data must be submitted no later than March 30, 2021, for consideration for the FY 2022 IHBG formula allocation estimates
Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Section 184 Skilled Worker Program
Skilled workers are vital to any community’s overall wellbeing and ability to achieve sustainable economic growth. Every community needs police officers, doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, architects, and other technical and skilled workers. Unfortunately, some Tribal communities – particularly those located in very remote areas – have historically struggled to attract skilled workers because of a lack of available housing.
The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is seeking your feedback on how the Section 184 Skilled Worker Program should be designed and implemented to work for your communities.
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FY2019/2020 ICDBG- Notice of Area Allocations for FY2020
This Notice announces Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Area Allocations and other funding related information under the FY 2019/2020 ICDBG Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The FY 2019/2020 ICDBG NOFA published on November 19, 2019, only announced AONAP FY 2019 allocations because the FY 2020 Appropriations Act was not enacted at the time the NOFA was published. This Notice also informs recipients that their implementation plans must show that the expenditure of both FY 2019 and FY 2020 funds will occur prior April 20, 2026, and that no extensions will be granted beyond that date.
This Notice also clarifies the applicability of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act waivers and alternative requirements. Applicants that are awarded an ICDBG grant under the FY 2019/20 NOFA may benefit from these flexibilities when such funds are spent on activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, after an amendment request to HUD is approved.
HUD Guidance on Eligible Uses for Community Development Block Grant Funds to Support COVID-19 Responses
HUD Quick Guide on Eligible Activities for Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Funds
HUD recently posted a guide on eligible uses for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support coronavirus (COVID-19) responses. The guide is a quick reference tool for grantees, such as Tribes and TDHEs, to use when contemplating how to address the effects of COVID-19 in their communities. While the language in the guide specifically references CDBG, ICDBG has the same eligible activities, and therefore the guide can be considered applicable for both programs.
The guide can be found HERE
Final Allocations Posted for the FY 2020 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)
The Office of Native American Programs has posted the FY 2020 IHBG final allocations to the IHBG Formula page. Below is a list of documents available at the site.
- Impact of Single/Multi-Race Provision on the FY 2020 IHBG Final Allocations: Narrative, Tribes’ Formula Components, and Needs Variables (MS-Excel)
- FY 2020 Final Summary – CAS
- FY 2020 Final Summary – Formula Area
- FY 2020 Final Summary – Needs and Allocation
- FY 2020 Final Summary – Section 8
- FY 2020 Final Summaries (MS-Excel)
- FY 2020 Final Cover Letter
- FY 2020 Final Corrections/Challenge Log
Section 184- Guideline for Tribes and TDHE Cash Out Refinance
This letter reminds all approved Section 184 lenders, tribes and tribally designated housing entities (THDEs) of the current Cash-Out Refinances guidelines outlined in Chapter 11 of the Guidelines. The Guidelines provide as follows:
- Maximum Loan Amount- The maximum allowable mortgage amount for a cash-out refinance is 85% of the appraised value of the subject property.
- Maximum Cash to Borrower- Refinances that include a cash distribution directly to the borrower are limited to $25,000.
In the past, the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) granted exceptions to tribes and TDHEs that are Section 184 borrowers and allowed the maximum loan amount to exceed the 85% limit for cash out refinance transactions. ONAP authorized this practice to allow tribes and TDHEs to reinvest in housing in their communities.
This letter formally recognizes this practice and affirms ONAP’s policy to continue this practice and allow tribes and TDHEs to access the equity in their housing stock up to the 97.75% maximum loan to value ratio, provided that the Tribe or TDHE’s purpose of the cash-out refinance is to rehabilitate existing or construct additional housing in their communities. Direct Guarantee lenders must document the Section 184 loan file accordingly. The lenders documentation must clearly show that a determination was made that the tribe or TDHE intended to use the cash-out refinance process for these housing-related purposes.
Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Proposed Rule on Downpayment Requirements under FHA’s Single-family Mortgage Insurance Programs
HUD is developing a proposed rule to establish underwriting criteria that mortgagees must follow when underwriting a mortgage for FHA insurance that involves downpayment assistance provided by state, local, and Tribal governments.
This letter is to inform you about this rulemaking effort. In accordance with HUD’s Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation Policy, HUD is seeking your views as a tribal leader on items that should be included as we develop these policy proposals. You may submit your comments to HUD within 30 days of the date of this letter by e-mail to: HUDRegsTribalConsult@hud.gov
Thereafter, you will be notified if a proposed rule is published in the federal Register, and you will have another opportunity to comment through the public comment process.
Program Guidance- No. 2019-05 FBI Criminal History Guidance
Purpose: This guidance updates and replaces NAHASDA Guidance No. 20 13-08, Update to Instructions for Obtaining FBI Criminal History Record Information, August 19, 2013. It advises Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE5) on the process for obtaining Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history record information of adult applicants for employment or current and prospective tenants for purposes of applicant screening, lease enforcement, and eviction.
Program Guidance 2019-03: Recent Changes to the federal Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds
This guidance informs Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities about increases to the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds for programs involving Federal funds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.