OFFICE OF NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS (ONAP) – WHAT’S NEW ON CODETALK – 04/14/2021

WHAT’S NEW ON CODETALK

What’s New on ONAP’s COVID-19 Recovery Programs

Visit ONAP’s COVID-19 Recovery Programs webpage to view Waivers, Program Notices and Guidance and Training Materials related to IHBG-CARES, ICDBG-CARES, IHBG-ARP and ICDBG-ARP.

CDC Eviction Moratorium (expires June 30, 2021)

Other

The Office of Native American Programs is working tirelessly to support all of our Tribal housing partners as we deal with the impact of COVID-19 as a Nation.  The safety and security of Native American families, Tribal housing staff, and all in Indian Country is our top priority. For more information and resources related to COVID-19, please visit: www.hud.gov/coronavirus


Section 184/184A Home Loan Guarantee Newly Published Resources

Dear Lender Letter 2021-03– Section 184A Financing of Homes Located on Agricultural and Pastoral
Lots on Hawaiian Home LandsThis Dear Lender Letter (DLL) announces policy established by the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) for the Section 184A Loan Guarantee Program regarding financing of homes located on agricultural and pastoral lots on Hawaiian home lands.


Dear Lender Letter 2021-02 – The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to inform Lenders of further extensions for the foreclosure and eviction moratoriums, loan processing flexibilities, and the Borrower’s ability to request a COVID-19 Forbearance. This DLL also broadens Borrower eligibility for COVID-19 Loss Mitigation Options and expands COVID-19 Forbearance periods for certain Borrowers.  The DLL extends the foreclosure moratorium under the Section 184 and Section 184A programs through June 30, 2021.  Continue Reading


Dear Lender Letter 2021-01 – Extension of foreclosure and eviction moratorium and loan processing flexibilities in connection with the Presidentially Declared COVID-19 National Emergency.

The purpose of this Dear Lender Letter (DLL) is to inform lenders and servicers of an extension to the foreclosure and eviction moratorium originally issued in DLL 2020-04, extended in DLL 2020-06, DLL 2020-08, DLL 2020- 10, and further extended in DLL 2020-13 for borrowers with Section 184 or Section 184A guaranteed loans for an additional period through March 31, 2021.

This DLL also announces an extension of the loan processing flexibilities originally issued in DLL 2020-05; extended in DLL 2020-06, DLL 2020-08, and DLL 2020-10; modified and extended in DLL 2020-12; and further extended in DLL 2020-13 for an additional period through March 31, 2021. This extension will allow industry partners additional opportunity to utilize flexible guidance related to re-verification of employment and appraisal protocols for the Section 184 and 184A programs affected by COVID-19. Continue Reading

A full listing of Dear Lender Letters can be found at:  Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program under the Loan Processing Guidelines section.  For any questions about these resources, please contact the Office of Loan Guarantee at OLGINFO@hud.gov


Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive Awards Announced

On April 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced over $91 million in grant awards to 24 Native American Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) across the Nation for new housing construction, housing rehabilitation, and critical infrastructure projects.

The IHBG competition was extremely competitive. HUD received over 140 applications from eligible Native American Tribes and TDHEs. Today’s awards are the result of a thoughtful and rigorous application process. ONAP is excited about this opportunity and thanks everyone who applied. Instructions for requesting a debriefing will be sent to each applicant over the next several days.

Click the link to view the press release https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_21_058


HUD Tribal Consultation Follow-up

HUD has drafted its Plan of Actions based on recommendations and feedback provided during two Tribal consultation sessions.  Tribes are encouraged to review the final draft and provide feedback or comments by April 14, 2021.  Comments can be sent to tribalconsultationpolicy@hud.gov.


ConnectHome USA Emergency Broadband Benefit Webinar

During this webinar, representatives from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will discuss the new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program funded by Congress to help low-income Americans cover up to $50 towards the monthly costs of in-home broadband service during the pandemic. The benefit may also cover a one-time $100 subsidy toward a computing device.

The webinar will cover:

  • An overview of the EBB Program;
  • Eligibility requirements, including how to register;
  • Information on how to become an outreach partner; and
  • Time for Q&A

This webinar is part of a series that aims to help ConnectHomeUSA communities achieve their goals of connecting families to broadband, devices, and digital literacy training.  Other interested PHAs and Tribes are encouraged to participate as well.  View all webinars in the ConnectHomeUSA Webinar Series.

Register Here

Registration closes on Tuesday, April 27 at 1 PM EDT.  For questions about registration, please contact Caila Prendergast :  CHUSAtraining@enterprisecommunity.org or call 202-403-8004.


American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Indian Housing Block Grant Program Awards

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), Public Law 117-2, which provides additional funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the national impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. ARP included $450 million for the Indian Housing Block Grant program. Linked here you will find a funding summary for each eligible Tribe (“Indian Housing Block Grant- American Rescue Plan (IHBG-ARP) Formula Allocations”).

The $450 million in funding was allocated based on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 tribal allocations. Each tribe will receive 69.1376421680391 percent of their FY 2021 IHBG formula allocation. This percentage is equal to the amount appropriated in the ARP divided by the total amount allocated in FY 2021 under the IHBG formula before repayments and grant adjustments ($450,000,00/ $650,875,537).

Read the full Dear Tribal Leader letter here.


ConnectHomeUSA Webinar- Learning About NDIA’s Digital Navigator Program

April 27, 2021 2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Join the next installment of the ConnectHomeUSA webinar series to learn about the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s (NDIA) Digital Navigator model which is a replicable, scalable program designed to decrease barriers to digital access. Paolo Balboa, Programs and Data Manager with NDIA, will speak about the model, resources to support this work, and how NDIA is helping a variety of organizations including public libraries, workforce development agencies, and state broadband offices put this model into practice.

This webinar is part of a series that aims to help ConnectHomeUSA communities achieve their goals to connect families to broadband, devices, and digital literacy training. View all webinars in the ConnectHomeUSA Webinar Series.

Register Here!


Dear Tribal Leader Letter– Tribal Consultation on Implementation of the ICDBG Funding under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

On March 11, 2021, the President signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) (Public Law 117-2), which provides additional funding to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP included $280 million for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program. This funding will be used to provide ICDBG Imminent Threat (ICDBG-ARP) grants to Indian tribes to eliminate or lessen problems that pose an imminent threat to public health or safety of Tribal residents. The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is working on awarding this funding as quickly as possible and intends to publish an ICDBG-ARP Implementation Notice outlining how Indian Tribes can apply for this funding. ONAP is seeking your feedback on how ICDBG-ARP funds should be awarded.

Read the letter here.

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