HUD Will Offer Training Webinars on Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Grants

HUD’s Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) will host a virtual two-day training webinar on the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on February 21 and 22 from 1 to 5 pm ET each day. The two-day training will be followed by a one-day follow-up training session hosted by each ONAP Area Office. The IHBG Competitive Grant NOFO makes approximately $150 million available to eligible Indian tribes or tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs). Due to the chronic underfunding of Native housing programs, IHBG Competitive Grants are often the only Native housing grants that support the construction of new housing units, addressing a pressing need across Indian country. Join the February 21 webinar here (Event ID 507569) and the February 22 here (Event ID 507570).

The Indian Housing Block Grant program was enabled by the “Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996” (NAHASDA), and the IHBG Competitive Grant was created by the U.S. Congress as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus spending package (see Memo, 11/5/2018). IHBG Competitive grants are awarded to Tribes based on need and capacity. Due in part to the leadership of Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), the program allows TDHEs to build and rehabilitate desperately needed affordable homes for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Funding for the IHBG program increased from $100 million in FY21 to $150 million in FY23, thanks to advocacy from Tribal housing leaders.  

Monitor the HUD-ONAP Codetalk website for information about the one-day follow-up sessions, as well as program updates and NOFO training materials. Invitations for the follow-up sessions will be sent soon by HUD. The sessions will be held on the following days:

Southwest ONAP (SWONAP) Phoenix Training: February 27, 2024. 

Northwest ONAP (NWONAP) Training: February 27, 2024. 

Southern Plains ONAP (SPONAP) Training: February 27, 2024. 

Alaska ONAP (AKONAP) Training: February 28, 2024. 

Northern Plains ONAP (NPONAP) Training: February 28, 2024. 

Eastern Woodlands ONAP (EWONAP) Training: February 28, 2024. 

SWONAP Albuquerque Training: March 5, 2024. 

For questions and additional information, contact: [email protected]  

Read the “Dear Tribal Leader” letter with full details on the trainings here.