Federal agency awards nearly $60 million in housing grants to tribal communities across US

Associated Press

The federal government has awarded nearly $60 million in grants to more than 90 tribal communities across the nation, including 15 in Alaska.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro made the announcement Monday in Anchorage.

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Included in the grants is $600,000 for Cook Inlet Tribal Council, which will help pay for a 23-unit senior housing complex in East Anchorage.

Other Indian Community Development Block Grant Program funds will for the first time be used to address mold in lower income housing.

Among the nine tribes receiving such funds is the Havasupai Tribe in Arizona, which will use nearly $400,000 to remove mold from 10 homes in its village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Mold is a problem because of overcrowding and frequent flooding.

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