HUD hands Wampanoag Tribe $465,695 housing grant

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head will receive $465,695 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. — MV Times file photo

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Tuesday announced more than $660 million in grant allocations to 587 Native American tribes in 35 states. Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) allocations are distributed each year to eligible Indian tribes or their tribally designated housing entities for a range of affordable housing activities, according to a press release.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will receive $465,695. The tribe received a similar grant in 2015. There are 33 houses located on tribal lands, of which 26 are rentals.

Willard Marden, tribal housing administrator, told The Times the annual grant represents about 60 percent of what is needed to “keep the place going.” He said about 60 people, including seniors and children, live in the complex, which provides low- and moderate-income housing for tribal members.

IHBG funds benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribe or designated entity.

“Every family, every community in America, deserves the chance to flourish,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said. “Tribes use this funding to build new homes, or to solve their most pressing housing issues. Our partnerships with tribal communities and leaders are critical today to help ensure better housing, neighborhoods, and economic opportunities for tomorrow.”