Following a letter McSally sent last week to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Agency is exempting tribes from the disbursement requirement that would have reduced the amount of future IHBG funding that a tribe is eligible for. This change will ensure that CARES Act IHBG funding can be used for supplemental expenses related to COVID-19, and will not detrimentally impact regular IHBG grant amounts.
“Indian Housing Block Grants are vital for improving housing conditions on tribal reservations and reducing the spread of the coronavirus,” McSally said. “This requirement waiver by the Department of Housing and Urban Development is a huge win for tribal communities who can continue to receive this block grant funding regularly. The goal of the CARES Act was to provide needed relief during a crisis, not penalize recovering communities.”
On September 23, McSally sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson asking him to waive the disbursement requirement that would have reduced the amount of future IHBG funding that a tribe is eligible for.