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HUD awards $9.7 Million in grants to promote affordable housing and economic development in Arizona's Native American communities
Grants support critical projects in tribal areas to address housing, community development and jobs
Williams-Grand Canyon News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $9.7 million to four tribal communities in Arizona to improve housing conditions, promote community development and to spur local economies with construction projects and jobs. The competitive grants awarded are part of HUD's Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program that address a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities for low- to moderate-income families (see grant chart and summaries below).

"These grants are a step forward in forging solutions to improve the housing and economic conditions for some of our country's most culturally rich neighborhoods," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "I'm impressed at the energy and creativity in how these communities are leveraging public funds to create lasting solutions for countless families."

Administrator of the HUD Southwest Native American Programs Carolyn O'Neil said the HUD funding is crucial to the tribal communities to support their infrastructure, housing, health and business enterprises.

"The tribes will use the funding to improve the quality of their individual lives as well as the economic development of their community," O'Neil said. "Some tribes will benefit by using the HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant funding by upgrading water and sewage systems, others will build new housing, some will build new health clinics, and others will create local jobs through community projects."

The funding to Arizona awarded today is part of the $56 million HUD announced April 2 to tribal communities throughout the nation. The recipients will use these grants to develop viable communities including rehabilitating housing or building new homes or to purchase land to support new housing construction. The funding can also used to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities. To stimulate economic development and job growth, recipients use the grants to establish commercial, industrial and agricultural projects. Recipients also use the funding to build community and health centers, or to start businesses to support the community including shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenience stores and gas stations.

Here are just a few specific examples of HUD ICDBG grant use for tribal economic and community development:

• The Hualapai tribe will use its grant of $825,000 to fund two priorities: accessibility improvements to existing public buildings in the central Peach Springs community of the reservation and the addition of a dining hall, kitchen, game preparation area and camp sites for the youth camp.

• The Cocopah tribe grant of $605,000 will be used by the tribe to promote safe, decent and sanitary housing on the Cocopah Indian Reservation by rehabilitating housing units previously conveyed to low-income and very low-income tribal members. Rehabilitation of the units in this proposed project will result in increasing the length of their useful lives.

• The Gila River Health Corporation The grant of $2,750,000 will fund the renovation/expansion of a health facility. The project will include the Primary Care Department and will increase the Internal Medicine area to 8,695 square feet. The project also includes the construction of a dental addition of 2,940 square feet which will include a 4,072 square foot circulatory factor which yields a total increase of 15,707 square feet.

The ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs. Federally recognized tribes, bands, groups, nations or eligible tribal organizations compete for this funding.

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