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Housing grants awarded to Native American tribes in Valley

In more federal housing news, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $48 million in grants to 108 Native American tribes in California, including the central San Joaquin Valley, for affordable housing activities.

Indian Housing Block Grants can be used to build housing, to support housing management, to support crime prevention and safety and to provide creative approaches that solve affordable housing problems.

Seven local groups from the Tule River Indian Tribe in Porterville to the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians in North Fork will receive more than $5.3 million combined.

“Tribes use this funding to build new homes, or to solve their most pressing housing issues,” HUD secretary Julian Castro said. “Our partnerships with tribal communities and leaders are critical today to help ensure better housing, neighborhoods and economic opportunities for tomorrow.”

The grants are made possible by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996. Since its inception, recipients have built or acquired nearly 37,000 affordable homes and rehabilitated more than 77,000 housing units.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

Indian Housing Block Grant

Tribe

Location

Amount

Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians

Auberry

$356,666

Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians

Tollhouse

$391,062

North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians

North Fork

$1,399,860

Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians

Fresno

$1,017,624

Santa Rosa Indians of the Santa Rosa Rancheria

Lemoore

$495,388

Table Mountain Rancheria

Friant

$50,282

Tule River Indian Tribe

Porterville

$1,621,021

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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