The National Low Income Housing Coalition strongly urges Congress to increase funding to build and preserve affordable homes in Native communities with the greatest needs.

Native Americans in tribal areas have some of the worst housing needs in the United States. They face high poverty rates and low incomes, overcrowding, lack of plumbing and heat, and unique development issues. Despite the growing need for safe, decent homes, federal investments in affordable housing on tribal lands have been chronically underfunded for decades, particularly in more rural and remote areas. Recent changes to federal Native housing programs have led to an even greater reduction in resources for communities most in need.

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

July 29, 2019

Former HUD Secretary Castro Proposes Housing Plan for Indigenous Communities

Former HUD Secretary and 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro issued a blueprint of proposals to support Indigenous communities that includes provisions to address affordable housing. In announcing his plan, Secretary Castro spoke about his experience visiting the Pine Ridge Reservation in…

July 29, 2019

Bipartisan Bill Would Increase Homelessness Assistance in Tribal Areas

Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA) and Sean Duffy (R-WI) introduced the “Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Grants Act” (S. 2282 and H.R. 4029) on July 25. This bill aims to address homelessness among Native Americans living on tribal lands…

May 13, 2019

HUD Releases Notice of Funding Availability for New Tribal Housing Grant

HUD released on May 7 a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for nearly $200 million in new competitive funding through the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program. Congress appropriated $100 million for this new program in both fiscal years 2018 and 2019, and tribal housing authorities have…