Oklahoma tribes receive housing grants

Twelve Oklahoma tribes will receive more than $9.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to improve housing and economic development opportunities for low- to moderate-income families.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 4, 2013
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday awarded more than $9.5 million to a dozen Indian tribes in Oklahoma to fund housing and economic development opportunities for low- to moderate-income families.

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Nation Housing Authority, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Kaw Nation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma and Wyandotte Nation received $800,000. The Tonkawa Tribe got $799,990.

“These funds help Native American communities create sustainable, community-driven solutions to the challenges they face,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a news release. “They are investments in the future that improve, preserve and expand the supply of decent, affordable housing, as well as expand economic opportunities for some of the most vulnerable fellow citizens.”

The grants were awarded through the agency's Indian Community Development Block Grant program, which will dispense $53.6 million this year.