North Fork Rancheria tribe awarded $5M for housing

Elaine Bethel-Fink The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians has been awarded a $5 million federal grant to help build 25 new housing units for members of the tribe in eastern Madera County.

The money awarded to the tribe’s Indian Housing Authority is coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Housing Block Grant Program.

“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,”

Tribal Chair Elaine Bethel-Fink said in a press release.

“This grant will help us address some of these dire challenges.”

North Fork Rancheria was among a small number of federally recognized California tribes selected to receive a grant in this round of funding, and it matched the highest amount 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,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a video 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, North Fork Rancheria’s Indian Housing Authority has acquired or constructed 13 housing units, rehabilitated another 114 units and provided emergency rental and down payment assistance for more than 75 units. The Tribe’s success over the years with various federal grant programs has helped it […]

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