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Port Gamble S'Klallam receives $900,000 grant for affordable housing

LITTLE BOSTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday announced $892,230 in Indian Housing Block Grant funds to the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe to support its efforts to meet the Tribe's affordable housing needs.

Earlier this month, HUD awarded $33.4 million in Indian Housing Block Grant funds to 25 other tribes in Washington state. Indian Housing Block Grant funds are distributed annually under a formula to eligible tribes or their tribally-designated housing entities for a range of affordable housing activities. Indian Housing Block Grant funds are intended to primarily benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other communities. The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribe or designated entity.

“These funds are making a real difference in tribal communities each and every day,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a press release. “Projects include affordable housing, infrastructure upgrades, community centers and safety programs that every community needs to thrive. These efforts are part of a broader commitment to ensure Native American communities can build their economies in response to their needs and as they see fit.”

HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride added, "Affordable housing is a critical need in Indian Country. These HUD funds will assist tribes in meeting their housing needs through sustainable and innovative practices that reflect their culture, heritage, and environmental stewardship."

Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, assistance to housing developed under the Indian Housing Program, housing services to eligible families and individuals, crime prevention and safety, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems. The block grant approach to housing was enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996.

 

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