Indian Housing Assistance
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.
To use the Housing Improvement Program (HIP) resources of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to eliminate substantially substandard Indian owned and inhabited housing for very low income eligible Indians living in approved tribal service areas. This effort is assisted by the Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services) which provides water and sanitary systems for houses repaired or built with HIP funds.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants; Dissemination of Technical Information.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The program is primarily devoted to providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing through renovations, repairs, or additions to existing homes. The program will build an entire house in situations where no other program can meet the need in the immediate or near future. Technical assistance is provided to Indian tribes to establish housing plans and determine the extent and use of the Bureau's Housing Improvement Program. The program is restricted to use within reservations and approved tribal service areas.
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and tribal organizations to administer the program who have eligible applicants with identified housing needs. Individual members of Federally recognized Indian tribes living in approved tribal service areas in need of housing assistance who are unable to obtain assistance from any other source, and who meet the eligibility criteria of the HIP regulations (25 CFR Part 256 "Housing Improvement Program").
Individual members of Federally recognized Indian tribes.
Initial applications by Indian tribes and tribal organizations must be accompanied by an authorizing resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe(s) to be served. Individual Indians must furnish information required by 25 CFR Part 256, basically proving membership in a Federally-recognized Indian tribe and financial inability to obtain assistance for repairs or new housing.
Application and Award Process
Funds may be used in conjunction with other Federal programs, such as Indian Heath Service for water and sanitary facilities, or privately financed programs that are appropriate to repair or build housing. An informal conference with Bureau of Indian Affairs agency representative is recommended. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Initial applications from Indian tribes and tribal organizations must contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Completed application should be submitted to the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office listed in Appendix IV. Individual Indians should submit written applications to the local tribal servicing housing office, or local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office listed in Appendix IV.
The dollar value of the award to Indian tribes and tribal organizations is determined through the use of annual tribal work plans identifying eligible applicants and through prioritization under the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process.
For Indian tribes and tribal organizations, applications may be submitted at any time. For individual Indians, as set at the local level.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Applications will be processed within 90 days.
Applicants whose request to administer the program is denied may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR part 900. An individual whose request is denied may appeal a Bureau of Indian Affairs official's decision to the Regional Director under the procedures contained in 25 CFR Part 2, "Appeals From Administrative Actions."
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
For Indian tribes and tribal organizations awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor. Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of payment will be negotiated with the Indian tribes.
Post Assistance Requirements
For Indian tribes and tribal organization administering the program financial status reports, SF-269A, are required. Program progress reporting requirements will be negotiated with the contractor.
For awards administered by Indian tribes and tribal organizations, the contractor is responsible for obtaining audits. All nonfederal entities that expend $500,000 or more of Federal awards in a year ($300,000 for fiscal year ending on or before December 30, 2003) are required to obtain an annual audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et. seq.) and OMB Circular A - 133 Compliance Supplement and Government Auditing Standards. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 (for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular A - 133.
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
(Total Amount of Awards: Self-Determination Contracts and Direct Grants) FY 07 $23,000,000; FY 08 est $13,000,000; and FY 09 est $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For HIP, maximum of $35,000 for repairs and renovations; $2,500 for interim improvements. The average cost of repair has been approximately $17,500. New housing does not have a specified maximum amount, but is intended to provide only a modest standard dwelling. Average new housing construction cost has been approximately $55,000.
On an annual basis over 500 families receive services under the HIP program through repairs/renovations or new or replacement construction.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 Part 256, "Housing Improvement Program;" 25 CFR Part 900, "Contracts under the Indian Self- Determination and Educational Assistance Act;" and OMB Circular No. A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments.
Regional or Local Office
See Catalog Appendix IV for Regional Office addresses.
Deputy Director, Office of Tribal Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs,1849 C St., N.W., MS 4513 MIB, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 513-7640.
Web Site Address
10.410, Very Low To Moderate Income Housing Loans
14.850, Public And Indian Housing
Examples of Funded Projects
The HIP does not fund multi-unit projects as such, the assistance is granted to repair Indian owned and inhabited individual houses with each house considered to be a project. Occasionally, several individual projects may be constructed simultaneously in close proximity giving the appearance of a multi-unit project. One such occurrence was the construction of several units in California. Prior to HIP undertaking there was no housing in this area. No other federally-assisted housing program was able to meet this need. The result of constructing housing in this area has been significant. The effort proved decent housing could be a reality in remote geographic areas.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Indian tribes and tribal organizations meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected if a viable tribal work plan identifying eligible applicants, the category of assistance needed, the estimated project cost for each eligible applicant, and a report of prior year accomplishments is submitted and the tribe has high priority ranking eligible applicants for which sufficient funding is available for the needed project or the program has been prioritized by the Indian tribe through tribal participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process. Individual Indians must meet the eligibility requirements contained in 25 CFR Part 256. Requests are made by individuals to the local tribal servicing housing office or to local BIA agencies for repair or new housing assistance. Starting with the most needy, regardless of the category of services required, applicants are served until available funds are exhausted.