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HUD and VA Award $5.9 Million To Aid Homeless Native American Vets

WASHINGTON – For the first time, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today awarded $5.9 million in grants to 26 Tribes to offer a permanent home and supportive services to Native American Veterans who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.  The Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) Program is a demonstration program that will combine $5.9 million in rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA to serve 500 Native American Veterans.  See chart below.

HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced the winners in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the winter meeting of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes.

“By targeting resources directly to Tribes, we can better honor the service and sacrifice of Native American Veterans who now need a roof over their heads,” said Castro.  “These heroes deserve hope for a brighter future, and by offering permanent housing solutions, combined with needed services and case management, we can work with Tribes to end veteran homelessness.”

HUD invited 30 eligible Tribes to seek Tribal HUD-VASH vouchers to help house and serve hundreds of Native American Veterans who are currently experiencing homelessness or at extreme risk of becoming homeless. Twenty-six Tribes, from Alaska to New Mexico, will deliver and manage the housing vouchers among their members who need them, on tribal lands.

“Targeting HUD-VASH vouchers to Veterans living on tribal lands opens new opportunities for helping Native American Veterans exit homelessness as quickly as possible” said Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert McDonald.  “We are pleased that recent statutory changes to the HUD-VASH Program made it possible to award these vouchers for use within Indian Country, where Native American Veterans have existing support systems that can be aided by those provided under the HUD-VASH Program to help the Veterans remain stably housed.”

Since 2008, more than 79,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 90,000 homeless Veterans have been served through the broader HUD-VASH program. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s Veterans.  In FY2015, Congress authorized funding for a demonstration program in order to expand the HUD-VASH program into Indian Country and directed HUD to coordinate with Indian Tribes, tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs), and other appropriate tribal organizations on the design of this program, and to ensure the effective delivery of housing assistance and supportive services to eligible Native American Veterans.

The Tribal HUD-VASH Program will provide rental assistance and supportive services to Native American Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness living on or near a reservation or other Indian areas.  HUD is making available $5.9 million in grant funding to Indian Tribes and TDHEs to fund rental assistance and associated administrative fees.  Indian Tribes and TDHEs participating in this program will partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide healthcare assistance to eligible Native American Veterans.


The Tribal HUD-VASH awards announced today are:


State Tribe City Amount # of Veterans to be Housed
Alaska Cook Inlet Housing Authority Anchorage $313,058 20
Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority Juneau $324,749 20
The Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority Bethel $391,740 20
Arizona Navajo Housing Authority Window Rock $268,835 20
Hopi Housing Authority Polacca $210,432 15
San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona San Carlos $233,100 15
Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona Sells $302,936 20
Minnesota Leech Lake Housing Authority Cass Lake $159,022 20
White Earth Reservation Housing Authority White Earth $142,980 20
Montana Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of Montana Browning $229,171 20
New Mexico Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico Zuni $123,288 10
North Carolina Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Pembroke $185,604 20
North Dakota Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Belcourt $173,942 20
Standing Rock Housing Authority Fort Yates $234,178 20
Oklahoma Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Tahlequah $194,405 20
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes Concho $272,016 20
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Hugo $246,992 20
Osage Nation of Oklahoma Pawhuska $265,438 20
Muscogee(Creek) Nation, Oklahoma Okmulgee $216,566 20
Oregon Warm Springs Housing Authority Warm Springs $240,237 20
South Dakota Ogala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota Pine Ridge $190,898 20
Sicangu Wicoti Awayankapi (Rosebud) Rosebud $183,011 20
Washington Yakama Nation Housing Authority Wapato $145,283 20
Spokane Indian Housing Authority Spokane $245,809 20
Colville Indian Housing Authority Nespelem $179,892 20
Wisconsin Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin Oneida $204,934 20
TOTAL: $5,878,516 500



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