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News Release

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on January 20 announced the awarding of a $1.8 million Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan (ICDBG-ARP) grant to the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe. The tribe will use their grant to provide temporary shelter and utility assistance to families impacted by COVID-19.

This is the third round of Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan awards, underscoring the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to delivering equitable COVID-19 relief to tribal communities. In this round, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $83 million to 74 tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A breakdown of the awards by recipient is available here.

These funds to tribes will help protect the health and safety of their communities, particularly low- and moderate-income individuals and families, by expanding access to safe housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities.

“We are committed to providing equitable resources that support strong, inclusive and sustainable communities,” said U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Midwest Regional Administrator Diane M. Shelley. “Partnering with tribal communities to address health and safety issues is a critical part of that work.” 

Today’s announcement follows the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s previous awards of $74 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan grants to 68 tribal communities in November and $52 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan grants to 49 tribal communities in December. The American Rescue Plan included a total of $280 million for the Indian Community Development Block Grant program; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will announce additional  Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan awards on a rolling basis.

The Department and the Biden-Harris Administration have made delivering equitable COVID-19 relief to tribal communities a priority. The American Rescue Plan Act provides a total of $750 million dollars in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development resources to Indian Country to support the continued fight against COVID-19. In 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made a historic $450 million investment in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG-ARP) to Indian tribes across the country to respond to COVID-19. The Department also invested $5 million in COVID-19 relief for Native Hawaiians.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Biden-Harris administration remain committed to meeting and prioritizing the needs of Native communities. 

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

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