North Fork Rancheria Awarded Federal Grant to Build Tribal Housing

Tribe’s Indian Housing Authority (IHA) receives $5 Million to address housing shortfall NORTH FORK — Last week it was announced that the North Fork Rancheria ’s (“Tribe”) Indian Housing Authority (NFRIHA) was awarded a $5,000,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG) grant to support Infrastructure for the eventual construction of 25 new, low-income housing units.

“Decent, safe, and affordable housing is a scarce and valuable resource for our Tribe and community, and this can lead to unsanitary, unsafe, and overcrowded dwelling conditions,” said Tribal Chair Elaine Bethel-Fink . “This grant will help us address some of these dire challenges.”

The HUD program is a competitive grant program that supports affordable housing and the North Fork Rancheria was among a small number of California federally-recognized tribes to receive a grant in this round of funding. The Tribe’s grant amount matched the highest received by any tribal entity in the state.

“It is no secret there are serious housing issues in Indian Country and more needs to be done,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a video Press Release announcing the awards. “These grants will be used to develop new affordable housing, rehabilitate existing housing units, upgrade infrastructure, and more. I’m particularly proud that these funds will also leverage additional resources to equip tribes with much-needed funding.”

In just the past few years, the NFR-IHA has acquired or constructed 13 housing units, rehabilitated another 114 units, and provided emergency rental and down payment assistance for more than […]

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