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Nevada Senators Announce $10.1 Million for Nevada Tribes’ Housing  

Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto. Photo by Andrew Davey
U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen
Photo by Andrew Davey

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Committees on Indian Affairs and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that 17 Native and Tribal communities in Nevada will receive a total of $10,125,763 for the development of affordable housing projects. The Senators worked to secure this funding for Tribal governments and Native communities as part of the American Rescue Plan, which represents the single largest one-time infusion of dedicated resources into Indian Country in U.S. history.

“During the coronavirus pandemic, access to a safe home is vital, and these funds are a historic investment in affordable housing for Native communities across Nevada,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “Our Native communities need urgent help, which is why I worked to ensure that the American Rescue Plan would deliver the single largest infusion of dedicated resources for tribal nations, Indian health programs, and Native communities in Congressional history. This federal funding will support health care, housing, and economic recovery efforts across Indian Country, and I’ll make sure tribal governments and native communities in Nevada continue to get the help they need to flourish.”

“The American Rescue Plan is already providing much-needed support to communities across Nevada, including to Native communities that have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to have supported this legislative package that includes the single largest infusion of dedicated resources into Indian Country in U.S. history – long overdue assistance – to ensure Native communities have the resources to develop, maintain, and operate safe and affordable housing. I will continue to work in the Senate to raise the voices of Tribal communities and ensure they have the support they need to not only recover from COVID-19, but to thrive for generations to come.”

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ State of Homelessness: 2020, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders had the highest rates of homelessness when compared with other racial and ethnic groups, with an average of 160 Native American and Pacific Islanders experiencing homelessness out of every 10,000 compared to the national average of 17 out of every 10,000.

The Indian Housing Block Grants Program (IHBG) provides a range of affordable housing activities on Indian reservations and Indian areas, including grants to Tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) to carry out affordable housing activities in Tribal communities.

Specifically, these Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) will award $10,125,763 to the following 17 tribes across Nevada to aid in the development and operation of low-income housing on tribal land:

Tribe: City: Grant Funding:
Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Owyhee $1,467,378
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe Duckwater $343,691
Ely Shoshone Tribe Ely $451,318
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe Fallon $978,352
Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes McDermitt $337,297
Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians Las Vegas $35,007
Lovelock Paiute Tribe Lovelock $91,726
Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Moapa $297,480
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Nixon $1,063,016
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Reno $860,058
Summit Lake Paiute Tribe Sparks $35,007
Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians Elko $915,465
Walker River Paiute Tribe Schurz $1,441,797
Washoe Tribe Gardnerville $1,045,399
Winnemucca Indian Colony Reno $35,007
Yerington Paiute Tribe Yerington $513,883
Yomba Shoshone Tribe Austin $213,882

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provided $1.248 billion for HUD Tribal & Native Hawaiian housing programs like the IHBG.

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Michael McGreer Mesquite, Nevada
Dr. Michael Manford McGreer is managing editor of and writes on issues that impact public policy.

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