Tribes in Arizona will get another $88 million in housing grants – the most of any state – from the $450M in tribal housing assistance.
Tribes in Arizona stand to get $88 million in housing block grant funding, part of a $450 million boost to tribal housing programs that was included in the American Rescue Plan. (Quinn Dombrowski/Creative Commons) WASHINGTON – Tribes in Arizona will get another $88 million in housing grants – the most of any state – from the $450 million in tribal housing assistance released Thursday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The national funding, which was included in the American Rescue Plan, will come in addition to the $651 million that tribes across the country were already scheduled to get in fiscal 2021 under the annual Indian Housing Block Grant.
Arizona tribes’ share of the grant rose from the original $128 million to $216 million with the extra funds from the pandemic-relief law.
HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge called the $450 million a “historic investment” in tribal housing.
“Nearly 600 tribal communities across the country will benefit from this funding, which will go toward housing development, housing modernization, housing services for families and creative approaches to provide more affordable housing in Indian Country,” Fudge said in a video announcing release of the funds.
Anthony Walters, the executive director of the National American Indian Housing Council, welcomed the funding, but said the need is still great.”I think with the annual appropriations, tribes are only building about 1,000, maybe 1,200 new […]