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Washington state awarded more than $12 million in first round of federal funding to support tribal housing efforts

A senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray helped secure more than $10 billion for tribes in the recently passed coronavirus relief bill, known as the CARES Act 

Funding comes through the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program, which Senator Murray has fought to protect

Senator Murray: “There’s much more work we need to do to make sure Indian Country has the necessary resources to address the coronavirus”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced millions in federal housing funding for Washington state tribes from the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The awards, which total $12,322,245 for tribes across Washington state, will be distributed through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program. The IHBG program provides funding to tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) to develop, maintain, and operate affordable housing, with a focus on providing housing and other resources for tribal families with low incomes.

“Crises like the coronavirus pandemic often disproportionately impact tribes and other overlooked communities, which is why I fought hard to make sure the CARES Act had strong investments to help tribes keep their members off the street while we work to slow the spread of the virus,” Senator Murray said. “I’m going to stay focused on this, because there’s much more work we need to do to make sure Indian Country has the necessary resources to address the coronavirus—including ensuring tribal members have access to a safe, secure home to help keep our communities safe and healthy during this public health emergency.”

According to a 2017 report by HUD, more than 50% of tribal households in the Pacific Northwest qualify as low-income (less than 80% of median income). The report also details the extent to which households in tribal areas deal with physical housing deficiencies, such as heating or plumbing deficiencies, at a much higher rate than other U.S. households. These housing issues are only exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, as key tribal businesses are forced to close and unemployment continues to rise.

Senator Murray fought to include more than $10 billion in funding for tribes in the CARES Act, and has made clear that she will continue fighting for more funding to address the specific needs of tribal communities in Washington state, and to ensure that federal funds for tribes are promptly and properly distributed. In her role as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray has successfully fought for increased funding for the IHBG Program, which helps to combat housing issues specifically plaguing tribal communities—in particular, tribal families who are low-income. However, in his 2021 budget plan, President Trump again proposed cutting funding for this crucial program.

See a full breakdown of the $12,322,245 in federal awards going to Washington state tribes below.                                                     

Recipient

City

Amount

Chehalis Confederated Tribes

Oakville

$324,515

Colville Confederated Tribes

Nespelem

$1,228,263

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Longview

$479,156

Hoh Indian Tribe

Forks

$38,097

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Sequim

$94,055

Kalispel Indian Community

Usk

$30,450

Lower Elwha Tribal Community

Port Angeles

$181,848

Lummi Tribe

Bellingham

$1,005,460

Makah Indian Tribe

Neah Bay

$259,882

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Auburn

$483,362

Nisqually Indian Tribe

Olympia

$164,172

Nooksack Indian Tribe

Deming

$255,977

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

Kingston

$299,566

Puyallup Tribe

Tacoma

$1,003,407

Quileute Tribe

La Push

$198,503

Quinault Indian Nation

Taholah

$613,485

Samish Indian Nation

Anacortes

$281,241

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

Darrington

$159,768

Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe

Tokeland

$73,263

Skokomish Indian Tribe

Skokomish Nation

$183,285

Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

Snoqualmie

$76,358

Spokane Tribe

Wellpinit

$761,674

Squaxin Island Tribe

Shelton

$255,929

Stillaguamish Tribe

Arlington

$69,531

Suquamish Indian Tribe

Suquamish

$258,900

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

La Conner

$349,370

Tulalip Tribes

Tulalip

$913,140

Upper Skagit Tribe

Sedro Woolley

$395,806

Yakama Indian Nation

Toppenish

$1,883,782

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