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
Lummi Tribe$1,005,460
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
Puyallup Tribe$1,003,407
Quileute Tribe$198,503
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
Spokane Tribe$761,674
Squaxin Island Tribe$255,929
Stillaguamish Tribe$69,531
Suquamish Indian Tribe$258,900
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community$349,370
Tulalip Tribes$913,140
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.