Important Indian Housing News

IHBG Competitive NOFO APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED and Other Technical Corrections

https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/ih
HUD is extending the FY 2023 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Application deadline by 30 days.  Applications are now due by Friday, April 19, 2024, at 11:59 pm ET.

HUD has also made some technical corrections to the NOFO following Tribal feedback provided during ongoing NOFO training sessions:

  • Undisbursed Funds from 2016 or Prior Years:  References to undisbursed funds from 2016 and prior years have been removed from the NOFO.  Applicants will no longer lose points under the Rating Factors if they have undisbursed funds from 2016 or prior years.
  • Needs Table Heading Corrected: The Needs Table that was posted had an incorrect heading, which has been corrected.  The data in the table is unchanged.
  • Updated FAQs: HUD will also update FAQs shortly to further assist Applicants.

To allow Applicants additional time to take these changes into account, HUD has extended the application deadline until Friday, April 19, 2024, at 11:59 pm ET. Applications must still be submitted through grants.gov.

Please also see Codetalk for updated FAQs coming soon


Announcement of Continuum of Care Tribal Homelessness Network

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) is pleased to announce two opportunities for Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) to connect and learn more about resources to address homelessness including the Continuum of Care (CoC) program. We recognize that Tribes and TDHEs are newer to the CoC Program and that connecting with one another provides the opportunity for peer sharing, learning, and networking. View the letter here.


Department of Interior Announces $320 Million for Tribal Domestic Water Supply Projects

The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation issued a funding opportunity to assist federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations as they plan and construct domestic water infrastructure.  Eligible projects include new domestic water supply infrastructure, improvements to existing infrastructure and facilities, extension of existing infrastructure and facilities to reach underserved service areas, and other projects that assess and address urgent water-related needs, among others.

Applications are due August 4, 2024


IRS Clean Energy Credits: Online Registration Tool and Office Hours for Elective Pay and Transferability of Clean Energy Credits

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 allows Tribal Governments and Alaskan Native Corporations to benefit from certain clean energy tax credits through elective pay. For tax years beginning after December 31, 2022, an applicable entity that qualifies for a clean energy tax credit can make an elective payment election. This election will treat certain credits as a payment against their federal income tax liabilities rather than as a nonrefundable credit. The amount of the credit will first offset any tax liability of the entity, and any excess will be refundable.


GLIHA Meeting

A GLIHA meeting was conducted at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Michigan on March 13-14, 2024 and hosted by the Hannahville Indian Community.

PowerPoints from this meeting will appear under the Training Materials tab on the Home page. 


The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill recently passed and it provides significant increases in Indian housing related initiatives. The bill, for example, provides $1.11 billion for the Indian Housing Block Grant Program which is a significant increase over the $787 million level that was appropriated for FY2023.

The bill contains the following:

Tribal HUD-VASH

$7.5 million

Title I of NAHASDA

$1.34 billion

Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBGs)

$1.11 billion

Competitive Grants

$150 million

Title VI Loans

$1 million

Indian Community Development Block Grants (ICBGs)

$75 million

Imminent threats to health and safety (within ICBGs)

$5 million

Training and Technical Assistance

$7 million

National Organization Funding (per Sec.703 of NAHASDA)

$2 million

Loans Under Section 184

$1.5 million

 


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.


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