Indian Housing Assistance Grants

What is the aim of the Indian Housing Assistance Grants?

To use the Housing Improvement Program (HIP) resources of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to eliminate substantially substandard Indian owned and inhabited housing for very low income eligible Indians living in approved tribal service areas. This effort is assisted by the Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services) which provides water and sanitary systems for houses repaired or built with HIP funds.

Who is Eligible to Apply for the Indian Housing Assistance Grants?

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and tribal organizations to administer the program who have eligible applicants with identified housing needs. Individual members of Federally recognized Indian tribes living in approved tribal service areas in need of housing assistance who are unable to obtain assistance from any other source, and who meet the eligibility criteria of the HIP regulations (25 CFR Part 256 “Housing Improvement Program”).

How to Apply for the Indian Housing Assistance Grants?

Initial applications from Indian tribes and tribal organizations must contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart C, “Contract Proposal Contents.” Completed application should be submitted to the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office listed in Appendix IV.

Individual Indians should submit written applications to the local tribal servicing housing office, or local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office listed in Appendix IV.

How much is the Range and Average of Indian Housing Assistance Grants?

For HIP, maximum of $35,000 for repairs and renovations; $2,500 for interim improvements. The average cost of repair has been approximately $17,500. New housing does not have a specified maximum amount but is intended to provide only a modest standard dwelling. Average new housing construction cost has been approximately $55,000.

Where to Apply for the Indian Housing Assistance Grants?

Headquarters Office
Deputy Director, Office of Tribal Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs,1849 C St., N.W., MS 4513 MIB, Washington, District of Columbia 20240
Phone: (202) 513-7640
Web Site Address: http://www.doi.gov/bia/tservices/hip/housing.htm; http://www.doi.gov/bureau-indian-affairs.html

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