Published February 28, 2016
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA —The Cherokee Nation will use a new $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with $200,000 in matching tribal funds to help Cherokee elders make necessary home repairs.
Most tribal housing rehabilitation dollars mainly serve those who live in homes built by the tribe, but this new $1 million grant is different since it will repair privately built homes, said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
“This new funding is unique because we will be able to utilize it specifically to assist some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Hoskin. “We can ensure the homes of Cherokee elders are safer and more comfortable by making energy-efficient upgrades, patching leaky roofs, remodeling bathrooms to make them handicap accessible, or simply fulfilling a need that may otherwise go ignored. We appreciate HUD for furthering our partnership to develop secure housing and safe communities within Cherokee Nation.”
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced awarding $55.5 million to 75 Native American communities throughout the country to improve housing conditions and stimulate community development, including construction projects and local jobs for low- and moderate-income families. The grants are provided through HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant program.
“Every family deserves the chance to have a decent home, economic opportunity and vibrant neighborhoods to call their own,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro in a statement. “Today we make another critical investment in helping tribal nations address affordable housing and community development needs in their communities.”
The ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes and eligible tribal organizations compete for the funding.
The Cherokee Nation was among 16 tribes in Oklahoma to receive the funds. The Cherokee Nation was also awarded $29.9 million this month in HUD Indian Housing Block Grant funding that annually helps tribal citizens with housing needs.
For more information on the grants, visit www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm.
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