Greetings from HUD’s Southwest Office of Native American Programs (SWONAP)
We are happy to share the following News and Updates. Please feel free to pass this information along to your colleagues in Indian Country.
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FY 2021 Indian Housing Block Grant Allocation Estimates
The FY 2021 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) allocation estimates were completed on May 29, 2020. Tribes/TDHEs must review their data on the FY 2021 Formula Response Form and report any changes no later than August 1, 2020, to the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center. Census Challenges for the FY 2022 IHBG Needs data must be submitted no later than March 30, 2021, for consideration for the FY 2022 IHBG Formula allocation estimates. For questions and additional information, contact the IHBG Formula Customer Service Center at 1-800-410-8808 or by e-mail at email@example.com
June 16 Webinar ( 2:00 -3:00 pm EDT): ConnectHomeUSA – Wide Open School: An Online Platform for Summer Learning
Every year, kids across the country experience the “summer slide,” when their math and reading skills slide backwards. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for millions of kids, especially low-income children living in public housing, the summer slide started three months early, leaving them at even greater risk of falling behind academically.
In this webinar, Sue Thotz, Senior Education Manager at the national nonprofit organization, Common Sense, will introduce Wide Open School. This new site is a free platform of the best online learning experiences and activities to help parents in your community combat the summer slide and keep kids learning, engaged, and entertained over the summer.
Wide Open School is a collective action spearheaded by Common Sense, which is using its over 15 years of experience and trusted reputation for guiding families and educators to make high quality media and technology choices for kids based on age appropriateness and learning potential.
Participants will be able to: Understand concepts to help meet ConnectHomeUSA program goals; and Learn ConnectHomeUSA community best practices. For more information: Register Here
June 19 Webinar (10:00 am Pacific Time): “Mitigating COVID-19 with Tribal Healthy Homes”: HUD Resources and Project Examples”
Region X Administrator, Jeff McMorris will introduce Michelle Miller, Deputy Director, HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH). AJ Salkoski, HUD Tribal Healthy Homes Program Analyst, will talk about the importance of healthy homes in tribal communities, and HUD’s Tribal Healthy Homes Production Grant Program, and Greg Stuckey, Administrator, Alaska Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) will talk about other HUD ONAP programs which can fund healthy homes activities. Finally, Portland Field Office Director, Tony Ramirez, will talk about another upcoming Region X Healthy Homes webinar in July. We hope you’ll join us.
1. Join us via AT&T web meeting:
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b. Meeting Number: 1-877-336-1828
c. Access code: 3059548
a. Call in: 1-877-336-1828
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FY2020 ICDBG Awards Announced- Press Release (June 4, 2020)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced nearly $120 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) awards to Tribes across the Nation. The ICDBG program provides funding to use in developing American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low- and moderate-income persons. Today’s announcement of nearly $120 million in funding to American Indian tribes will provide these communities with safe and affordable housing and advance economic development.”
“HUD is committed to helping Native Americans thrive and the funding announced today will have a positive impact on building sustainable communities,” said R. Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.
These funds, through the ICDBG program, will be used to support 107 projects on Tribal lands across the United States such as:
- A new drive-thru pharmacy,
- A new building for the local Boys & Girls Club of America,
- Repairs to a wastewater lagoon,
- The infrastructure necessary for a new housing development.
For a complete list of allocations and project descriptions, please click here.
Visit the Office of Native American Program’s Indian Community Development Block Grant website for more information.
NAHASDA Essentials Training (June 23-25, 2020)
FREE Training Delivery: Online/Virtual
Registration: Click Here
This virtual 3-day training will provide attendees with a comprehensive introduction to NAHASDA. Participants will become familiar with all program activities, including rental housing, homebuyer programs, rehabilitation, and housing and crime prevention services. Other major topics that will be covered include the IHBG formula, eligible program participants, income verifications, other federal requirements, financial management and program administration. This foundational course will acquaint tribal and TDHE staff with the basic requirements of the IHBG Program and opportunities that are available. requirements of the IHBG Program and opportunities that are available. The training will be presented through case studies, group discussions, team games, lectures and hands-on exercises.
Contract Administration and Procurement (June 23-25, 2020)
FREE Training Delivery: Online
Registration: Click Here
AAHA is hosting a three (3) day online training on Contract Administration and Procurement. This training will provide attendees with information and guidance under the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) for housing authority staff and tribal members to understand and meet the program requirements for procurement and contract administration. This training has been broken into modules to accommodate your schedule and interests in the different aspects of Contract Admiration & Procurement.
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