Housing Assistance Programs
We currently offer five (5) Housing Assistance Programs for tribal members which includes assistance for Down Payment, Elder Rent, Emergency Housing, Home Improvement/Rehabilitation, and Rental Deposit. These housing assistance programs are made possible by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, (NAHASDA), and the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) that we receive from Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
What is NAHASDA? The Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) reorganized the system of housing assistance provided to Native Americans through the Department of Housing and Urban Development by eliminating several separate programs of assistance and replacing them with a block grant program. The two programs authorized for Indian tribes under NAHASDA are the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) which is a formula based grant program and Title VI Loan Guarantee which provides financing guarantees to Indian tribes for private market loans to develop affordable housing. Regulations are published at 24 CFR Part 1000. NAHASDA was amended in 2000 to add Title VIII-Housing Assistance for Native Hawaiians. The amendment to NAHASDA adds similar programs for Native Hawaiians who reside on Hawaiian Home Lands Regulations for implementing the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant (NHHBG) program are published at 24 CFR Part 1006.
The Ione Band of Miwok Indians prepares an Indian Housing Plan (IHP) annually, following the guidelines set by 24 CFR Part 1000. HUD staff reviews our application for the IHBG, a grant that is used to provide all of the programs described in the IHP. The Housing Department uses this grant to provide assistance for Tribal Members who meet the Eligibility Guidelines of these programs. The Tribe takes great pride and pleasure in being able to help Tribal Members with their housing needs. The Tribal Housing Department will do everything it can within the established guidelines and procedures set down by the Tribe, the IHBG, NAHASDA, and within the guidelines of 24 CFR and other regulations and laws so as to provide Tribal Members with their needed housing assistance.