HUD has release its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). The ICDBG provides Native American tribal organizations with direct funds for use in developing Indian and Alaska Native communities. This includes decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low and moderate income persons. Estimated total program funding is $65 million with an award ceiling for grantees of $7 million and an award floor of $50,000. Applications must be submitted via grants.gov by February 3rd, 2020. The NOFA can be found here.
On November 21, the President signed a Continuing Resolution (C.R.) to keep the federal government open and to extend funding until late December. Due to concerns stemming from the previous expiring C.R., the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has obligated Operating Funds to PHAs for January and part of February into the Electronic Line of Credit Control System (eLOCCS). Partial funding for February is included with January funding and will appear as one month in eLOCCS. HUD was not able to fund the entire month of February as the previous C.R. only provided funding to PHAs through mid-February. In the event that a new C.R. had not been signed by the President last night, HUD wanted to ensure PHAs could access all appropriated funding for the Operating Fund, which operates on a calendar year basis. HUD used 2019 Operating Fund eligibility to determine January and partial February obligations. NAHRO appreciates HUD’s proactive response to a potential shutdown.
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