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Final Allocations Posted for the FY 2020 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)
February 18, 2020
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
Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Proposed Rule on Downpayment Requirements under FHA’s Single-family Mortgage Insurance Programs
February 14, 2020
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.
Dear Tribal Leader Letter- Two-Year Notices of Funding Availability for ONAP Competitive Programs
February 13, 2020
The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) recently revised the way in which it awards competitive grant funding. In previous years, ONAP awarded appropriated grant funds using a one-year Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). However, when ONAP competed grant funding appropriated for the recent Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive program, it awarded funding appropriated for both FY 2018 and FY 2019 under a single two-year NOFA. Similarly, HUD recently posted a two-year NOFA for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program and is currently competing funding appropriated for both FY 2019 and FY 2020 under this competition. The decision to move to this new format was made, in part, to encourage long-term planning and to further support the development of larger projects.
While the two-year NOFA approach has its advantages, some Tribal housing practitioners have also informally expressed concerns to ONAP regarding this change in how ONAP awards competitive funds.
As part of HUD’s commitment to robust tribal consultation, HUD is requesting your feedback regarding this two-year NOFA format for future planning. Specifically, ONAP is interested in hearing from you about whether this new format is practical and workable for you and your staff, and whether ONAP should continue to award competitive funding in the future using this two-year NOFA format.
View the entire letter and obtain additional information for providing comments; HERE.
Title VI- Loan Leveraging: Training with Results
February 13, 2020
What if you could construct new homes by leveraging your annual Indian Housing Block Grant?
Join us in beautiful, Portland, Oregon, and find out how you can take your affordable housing project from concept through construction to completion!
What: Title VI – Leveraging resources to build new homes
When: March 24-25,
Where: 8th Floor East, Regional Director’s Conference Room
911 NE 11th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97232
Who Should attend? Housing Directors, Construction Managers, Board of Commissioners, Planners, Financial Officers and Directors.
At this training, you’ll learn how a Title VI loan can help you build more homes today by leveraging other resources. We’ll walk you through the advantages of Title VI, the loan process, and ideas for maximizing your dollars.
|DAY ONE (General Overview)||DAY TWO (Practical Information)|
|Title VI Loan Guarantee Program Sample||Title VI documentation|
|Section 184 Program and how it can help||Schedule a one-on-one time with HUD|
|Title VI application process||Decide the best sources of funding|
|Types of eligible projects||Explore whether the project is financially feasible|
By the end of the day, you should know if this program is right for your Tribe.
There is no fee for this course and registration is open now! Click here to register for the training
No hotel rooms have been reserved for this training. The nearest hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, (503) 281-6111
Training Opportunity- Updates to HUD’s Acceptable Separation Distance (ASD) Requirements for Propane Tanks
February 13, 2020
The HUD Office of Environment and Energy (OEE), in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, is hosting a webinar to provide information on the recently published final rule, “Conforming the Acceptable Separation Distance (ASD) Standards for Residential Propane Tanks to Industry Standards” (85 FR 4225, Jan. 24, 2020). This final rule becomes effective February 24, 2020, and excludes certain propane tanks from HUD’s acceptable separation distance as part of HUD environmental review. The webinar will explain these changes and how to determine compliance with the revised regulation.
Participants will learn:
- The recent changes to HUD’s regulation at 24 CFR part 51 subpart C, excluding above-ground storage tanks of 1,000 gallons or less containing liquified petroleum gas or propane from the ASD requirements of that subpart
- How to apply the updated 24 CFR 51C exception to environmental review records they prepare pursuant to 24 CFR parts 50 and 58
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Time: 1pm – 2pm EST
Who should attend?
This webinar is intended for HUD partners, program recipients, applicants and professionals.
Training Point of Contact: Michelle Grainger – firstname.lastname@example.org
EnVision Centers in Oklahoma- Connecting to Empower
February 12, 2020
Left-Right (Michelle Tinnin, Sharon Gordon-Ribeiro and Jill S. Yu)
On January 28, 2020, Michelle Tinnin, Native American Program Specialist in the Southern Plains Office of Native American Programs (SPONAP); and Sharon Gordon-Ribeiro, Field Office Director for the Oklahoma City Office of Field Policy Management (FPM); hosted the first-ever EnVision Center Demonstration collaboration for Oklahoma. Federal and State partners attending the event included; the U.S. Small Business Administration, Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma/Canadian Counties, Homeless Alliance (Oklahoma City), Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, Oklahoma City Housing Authority, Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board. The goal of the collaboration is to build a network of partners and support systems that will facilitate economic opportunities and empower Americans to lead self-sufficient lives by connecting them with a variety of resources and tools.
Jill S. Yu, from the Office of Field Policy and Management in Washington, D.C., provided an overview of the EnVision Center demonstration program which is premised on the notion that financial support alone is insufficient to solve the problem of poverty. Intentional and collective efforts across a diverse set of organizations are needed to implement a holistic approach to foster long-lasting self-sufficiency. EnVision Centers provide communities with a centralized hub for support in the following four pillars: (1) Economic Empowerment, (2) Educational Advancement, (3) Health and Wellness, and (4) Character and Leadership.
As one of seventeen entities selected for the original EnVision Center pilot, the Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation, was the first tribe to participate and successfully develop an EnVision Center in Indian Country. Staff from the Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation shared lessons learned, potential pitfalls and their overall experience as a forerunner in the EnVision Center demonstration.
For more information on EnVision Centers visit HUD’s website: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/envisioncenters/home.html
Vacancy Announcement- Supervisory Loan Guarantee Specialist GS-14, Washington D.C.
February 6, 2020
As a Supervisory Loan Guarantee Specialist, you will:
- Administer staff requirements and procedures, administer work assignments, establish and interpret office policies, facilitate intra-office coordination and manage all administrative support to technical staff within the office.
- Manage Office of Loan Guarantee (OLG) personnel actions that include developing crediting plans; implement the EPPES process; prepare processing award criteria and other personnel matters.
- Work closely with the Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Administrative Services and Management Division to ensure that OLG plans conform to the overall Federal and departmental policies and procedures.
- Supervise and assist with the development of policies, program standards, procedures and guidelines for unique problems and issues in Indian, Alaskan Native areas and Hawaiian homelands.
Open: February 6, 2020 Closes: February 20, 2020
To Apply, Click Here
Save the Date- ONAP Best Practices Webinar Featuring Blackfeet Housing’s Glacier Heights Housing Development
February 3, 2020
As part of ONAP’s National Best Practice Webinar Series, on March 4, 2020, ONAP will feature the Blackfeet Housing’s recent completion of 40 single family homes developed with a loan guaranteed under HUD’s Title VI program. In 18 of the homes (and a purchased duplex), they are housing 20 formerly homeless veterans and their families with the assistance of Tribal Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (THUD-VASH) funds.
To register: Click Here
To join the webinar:
· Step 1: Dial into the conference: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694 Access Code: 9008325#
· Step 2: Join the conference on your computer.
Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Updates List of Federally Recognized Tribes
February 3, 2020
On January 30, 2020 , the Department of Interior published the current list of 574 Tribal entities recognized by and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) by virtue of their status as Indian Tribes. The list is updated from the notice published on February 1, 2019 (84 FR 1200).
November 8, 2019
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