The Elk Valley Rancheria and Tolowa Dee-Ni Nation are two local tribes slated to receive a share of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s $15 million Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent Threat program funds.
The program is designed 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. This initial $15 million is part of of $100 million in funding designated to go to tribes across the country. that will be going to tribes.
“Today’s grant announcement will help families throughout Indian Country to access essential resources amid the coronavirus outbreak,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.
These funds, provided through the CARES Act, will be used to support several projects on Tribal lands across the United States. The Elk Valley Rancheria will use $216,000 to provide emergency services in the way of rental, utility, food, clothing and other assistance as needed.
The Tolowa Dee-Ni Nation will use its $898,563 to rehab an existing hotel for the isolation of tribal members affected by COVID 19.