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Program Descriptions

Program Number



Indian Housing Block Grants


Federal Agency




Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA), Public Law 104-330 as amended October 21, 1998; December 27, 2000; November 13, 2002; October 30, 2004; December 22, 2005; and August 8, 2005.






To provide Federal assistance for Indian tribes in a manner that recognizes the right of tribal self-governance, and for other purposes.


Types of Assistance

Formula Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Affordable housing activities such as: Indian Housing Assistance; Development; Housing Services; Housing Management Services; Crime Prevention and Safety Activities; and Model Activities.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Indian tribes or tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) (to be eligible for Indian housing block grant funds the tribe or TDHE must submit an Indian housing plan that is in compliance with the requirements of Section 102 of NAHASDA).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Primarily low-income families and in limited cases, over-income families may be eligible.


Recipients shall comply with requirements and standards of OMB Circular No. A-133, and specified sections of 24 CFR 85. A Self-governance Indian tribe (Public Law 93- 638) may certify that its administrative requirements meet or exceed the comparable requirements of OMB Circular No. A-133 and 24 CFR 85.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure


Award Procedure



Indian housing plans must be submitted prior to July 1st of each Federal Fiscal Year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time






Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Amounts made available for assistance will be allocated to Indian tribes in compliance with the requirements under NAHASDA.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Indian Housing Block Grant funds are drawn down from the Treasury based on need using an electronic fund transfer disbursement and information system. Within 2 years of grant award, no less than 90 percent of the grant must be obligated.


Post Assistance Requirements


Recipients are required to submit Grantee Expenditure Data and an Annual Report.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Cut off at end of fiscal year or calendar in which all master file events are closed out.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $617,265,000; FY 08 est $621,770,000; and FY 09 est $620,750,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$25,000 to $89,260,522; $1,715,679.


Program Accomplishments

A variety of affordable housing activities that include, operating of 1937 housing units, development of new rental and homeownership housing, rehabilitation of existing units, housing counseling, housing management, and crime prevention.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

24 CFR 1000.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Inquiries should be addressed to the Administrator, Office of Native American Programs at the appropriate area office (see Catalog Address Appendix IV for HUD Office of Native American Programs area office addresses in Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, Oklahoma City and Anchorage).

Headquarters Office

Headquarters Office of Native American Programs, 451 Seventh Street, S.W., Room 4126, Washington, DC 20410. Telephone: (202) 401-7914.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

14.862, Indian Community Development Block Grant Program
14.250, Rural Housing And Economic Development
15.124, Indian Loans-Economic Development
15.141, Indian Housing Assistance
93.612, Native American Programs


Examples of Funded Projects



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