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Seneca Nation To Receive American Rescue Plan Funding

The Seneca Nation will receive $1,745,554 in American Rescue Plan funding from the federal Housing and Urban Development Department.

Marcia L. Fudge, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary, said Thursday $450 million in Indian Housing Block Grants is being distributed to Native American tribes across the country to respond to COVID-19.

The funding will be used to help tribes carry out affordable housing activities to protect the safety and health of their tribal members and communities.

“With the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, President Biden is making a clear statement that the Federal Government is committed to ensuring equitable access to communities hardest hit by the pandemic,” Fudge said.

“HUD understands the significance of our responsibility to serve American Indian and Alaska Native families, and the Department is dedicated to working in a government-to-government manner with Tribes to quickly bring much-needed relief to tribal communities.”

The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units managed.

Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, operation and maintenance, modernization of existing housing, housing services to eligible families and individuals, housing management services, crime prevention and safety activities, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems.

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