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15.141 Indian Housing Assistance
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.
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.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
The program is primarily devoted to providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing through renovations, repairs, or additions to existing homes. The program will build an entire house in situations where no other program can meet the need in the immediate or near future. Technical assistance is provided to Indian tribes to establish housing plans and determine the extent and use of the Bureau's Housing Improvement Program. The program is restricted to use within reservations and approved tribal service areas.
Applicant Eligibility: 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").
Pre-application Coordination: Funds may be used in conjunction with other Federal programs, such as Indian Heath Service for water and sanitary facilities, or privately financed programs that are appropriate to repair or build housing. An informal conference with Bureau of Indian Affairs agency representative is recommended. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: For Indian tribes and tribal organization administering the program financial status reports, SF 269A, are required. Program progress reporting requirements will be negotiated with the contractor.
Account Identification: 14-2301-0-1-452.
On an annual basis over 500 families receive services under the HIP program through repairs/renovations or new or replacement construction.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
25 Part 256, "Housing Improvement Program;" 25 CFR Part 900, "Contracts under the Indian Self- Determination and Educational Assistance Act;" and OMB Circular No. A- 87, "Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments.
Regional or Local Office: See Catalog Appendix IV for Regional Office addresses.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
The HIP does not fund multi-unit projects as such, the assistance is granted to repair Indian owned and inhabited individual houses with each house considered to be a project. Occasionally, several individual projects may be constructed simultaneously in close proximity giving the appearance of a multi-unit project. One such occurrence was the construction of several units in California. Prior to HIP undertaking there was no housing in this area. No other federally-assisted housing program was able to meet this need. The result of constructing housing in this area has been significant. The effort proved decent housing could be a reality in remote geographic areas.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Indian tribes and tribal organizations meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected if a viable tribal work plan identifying eligible applicants, the category of assistance needed, the estimated project cost for each eligible applicant, and a report of prior year accomplishments is submitted and the tribe has high priority ranking eligible applicants for which sufficient funding is available for the needed project or the program has been prioritized by the Indian tribe through tribal participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process. Individual Indians must meet the eligibility requirements contained in 25 CFR Part 256. Requests are made by individuals to the local tribal servicing housing office or to local BIA agencies for repair or new housing assistance. Starting with the most needy, regardless of the category of services required, applicants are served until available funds are exhausted.