Feds give Oneida Nation $790,973 for housing

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $790,973 to the Oneida Indian Nation in Verona for affordable housing activities, the federal agency has announced.

The funds are part of $655 million awarded in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) to Native American Tribes in 38 states, according the announcement by HUD Secretary Ben Carson. The funding is distributed to eligible tribes and their tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) to carry out a range of affordable housing activities in their communities.

Native American Tribes in New York will receive $5,935,791. In addition to the $790,973 awarded to the Oneida Indian Nation, the following tribes and award amounts were also announced: Cayuga Nation of Seneca Falls, $287,948; Onondaga Nation of Nedrow, $74,594; Seneca Nation of Irving, $2,527,158; Shinnecock Indian Nation of Southampton, $114,873; St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of Akwesasne, $1,991,057; Tonawanda Band of Seneca, $74,594; and the Tuscarora Nation of Lewiston, $74,594.

Indian Housing Block Grants primarily benefit low-income Native American and Alaska Native families. The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the Tribe or TDHE. Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, operation and modernization of existing housing, housing services to eligible families and individuals, housing management services, crime prevention and safety activities, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems in Indian Country.

“President Trump and HUD are committed to providing our Native American Tribes with the tools they need to create better, affordable housing opportunities for their families,”said Carson. “These grant funds will allow local leaders to build stronger and vibrant communities that drive more economic development.”

“HUD is committed to helping Native Americans thrive and the funding announced today helps them build sustainable communities,” added Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing R. Hunter Kurtz. 

“I’ve had the honor to visit both the Seneca Nation of Indians and Shinnecock Indian Nation in person to present federal funding, as well as celebrate the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, the Little Band of Ottawa Indians and the Shinnecock Nation in a ceremony at HUD, so few Administrations more than ours recognize the need to advance and fortify affordable housing in Native American communities. I am proud that Secretary Carson has earmarked another $6 million to federally recognized Native American Tribes in New York,” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey.  

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