Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that Washington state’s 29 federally recognized Tribes will receive a combined total of more than $12 million in funding for critical affordable housing programs. This comes after the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law last Friday.
All 29 of Washington state’s federally recognized Tribes will receive funding to prepare for, respond to coronavirus through Indian Housing Block Grant Program
The funds, which are part of COVID-19 relief allocations through the Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG), are for the Tribes to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus, including to maintain normal operations and fund eligible affordable housing activities under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) while the program is impacted by coronavirus.
Under NAHASDA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides grants to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages for the development and operation of low-income housing. The IHBG program assists grant recipients with affordable housing activities in safe and healthy environments on Indian reservations, in Indian communities, and in Native Alaskan villages.
|Chehalis Confederated Tribes||$324,515|
|Colville Confederated Tribes||$1,228,263|
|Cowlitz Indian Tribe||$479,156|
|Hoh Indian Tribe||$38,097|
|Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe||$94,055|
|Kalispel Indian Community||$30,450|
|Lower Elwha Tribal Community||$181,848|
|Makah Indian Tribe||$259,882|
|Muckleshoot Indian Tribe||$483,362|
|Nisqually Indian Tribe||$164,172|
|Nooksack Indian Tribe||$255,977|
|Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe||$299,566|
|Quinault Indian Nation||$613,485|
|Samish Indian Nation||$281,241|
|Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe||$159,768|
|Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe||$73,263|
|Skokomish Indian Tribe||$183,285|
|Snoqualmie Indian Tribe||$76,358|
|Squaxin Island Tribe||$255,929|
|Suquamish Indian Tribe||$258,900|
|Swinomish Indian Tribal Community||$349,370|
|Upper Skagit Tribe||$395,806|
|Yakama Indian Nation||$1,883,782|
Earlier this week, Senator Cantwell announced that more than $52 million is coming to the state of Washington for three housing programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Washington is also expected to receive additional funds for housing programs in the coming weeks as a result of the CARES Act.
Senator Cantwell has long supported funding for housing and homelessness grants for Tribes in Washington state. Earlier this year Cantwell announced $1.4 million in affordable housing grants for the Yakama Nation. In 2018, Cantwell called for improvements to the IHBG program in order to better assist Native American veterans in finding housing in Indian Country. Cantwell has also prioritized investment in affordable housing, helping to secure nearly $3 billion in additional affordable housing funding in March 2018 and introducing legislation in 2019 to increase investment in affordable housing and provide more resources and stronger protections for at-risk groups.