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WASHINGTON Some 76 tribal communities in Indian Country have received more than $56 million to improve housing conditions, promote community development and to spur local economies with construction projects and jobs.
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The competitive grants awarded are part of Housing Urban Development (HUD) Indian Community Development Block Grant program that address a wide variety of community development and affordable housing activities for low to moderate - income families.
“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.”
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. Specific examples of this sort of economic and community development include:
The Indian Community Development Block Grant 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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posted May 2, 2012 10:10 am edt