Housing Funds Slated for Some Alaska Villages

Brianna Gibbs/KMXT

Roughly 15 Alaska Native Villages will receive more than $7 million in funding for housing improvements and community development.
The money comes from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Community Development Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to help Indian and Alaska Native communities create safe, healthy environments and viable economic opportunities. All total, more than $59 million was awarded to 96 tribal communities throughout the nation.
Here in Alaska, more than a dozen Native villages and communities will receive funds, including the Pribilof Islands Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island. The $600,000 grant will go toward building 12 single-family, low-to-moderate income homes.
The Native Village of Akutan will receive $170,680 to help rehabilitate the only existing low-rent facility in the community and the Native Village of Atka will use $600,000 to build two homes through the Aleutian Housing Authority.

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