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HUD AWARDS FIVE OKLAHOMA TRIBES $8.6 MILLION TOTAL
TO SUPPORT CORONAVIRUS RECOVERY EFFORTS

OKLAHOMA CITY – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $20.3 million to Tribes across the Nation as part of HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Imminent Threat program, which provides funding to help address problems that pose an imminent threat to public health or safety of Tribal residents. This funding will specifically be used to help Tribes prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. Five tribes in Oklahoma will share $8,699,915. For a full list of grant recipients in Oklahoma, see chart below.

“Today’s grant announcement will help families throughout Indian Country to access essential resources amid the coronavirus outbreak,” said Secretary Carson.

“From helping Tribes build more affordable housing to building a place where families can go to quarantine, this funding will help Native Americans persevere during this unprecedented time,” said R. Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

These funds, provided through the CARES Act, will be used to support several projects on Tribal lands across the United States, such as:

  • The construction of new rental housing to address overcrowding and homelessness;
  • The building of transitional housing for quarantined individuals and families that have tested positive for COVID-19;
  • The construction of an emergency operation center to help respond to current and future COVID-19 issues; and
  • The rehabilitation of an existing hotel for the isolation of Tribal members affected by COVID-19.

See below for a breakdown of Native American communities receiving funding under the program:

OK Chickasaw Nation $2,999,915
OK Choctaw Nation $3,000,000
OK Comanche Nation $900,000
OK Housing Authority of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma $900,000
OK Pawnee Nation $900,000

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US Dept of HUD/Region VI

Southwest United States

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