BOSTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator David Tille announced more than $1.2 million in Indian Housing Block Grants to two Massachusetts tribes.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Mashpee is awarded $813,474 and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is awarded $472,873 to carry out a range of affordable housing activities in their communities.
This funding is part of more than $655 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) being awarded nationally to Native American Tribes in 38 States. Funding is distributed to eligible Tribes and their tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs).
“This funding provides an additional tool to help our Massachusetts tribes further their affordable housing goals,” said David Tille, HUD New England Regional Administrator.
Indian Housing Block Grants primarily benefit low-income Native American and Alaska Native families. The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the Tribe or TDHE. Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, operation and modernization of existing housing, housing services to eligible families and individuals, housing management services, crime prevention and safety activities, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems in Indian Country.