Indian Housing Assistance
To use the Housing Improvement Program (HIP) resources of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to eliminate substantially substandard Indian owned and inhabited housing for very low income eligible Indians living in approved tribal service areas. This effort is assisted by the Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services) which provides water and sanitary systems for houses repaired or built with HIP funds.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Bureau of Indian Education, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; L - Dissemination of Technical Information
Fiscal Year 2017
No Information Available.Fiscal Year 2018
No Information Available.Fiscal Year 2016
No Information Available.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and tribal organizations to administer the program who have eligible applicants with identified housing needs. Individual members of Federally recognized Indian tribes living in approved tribal service areas in need of housing assistance who are unable to obtain assistance from any other source, and who meet the eligibility criteria of the HIP regulations (25 CFR Part 256 "Housing Improvement Program").
Individual members of Federally recognized Indian tribes.
Initial applications by Indian tribes and tribal organizations must be accompanied by an authorizing resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe(s) to be served. Individual Indians must furnish information required by 25 CFR Part 256, basically proving membership in a Federally-recognized Indian tribe and financial inability to obtain assistance for repairs or new housing.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Funds may be used in conjunction with other Federal programs, such as Indian Heath Service for water and sanitary facilities, or privately financed programs that are appropriate to repair or build housing. An informal conference with Bureau of Indian Affairs agency representative is recommended.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Initial applications from Indian tribes and tribal organizations must contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Completed application should be submitted to the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office listed in Appendix IV. Individual Indians should submit written applications to the local tribal servicing housing office, or local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office listed in Appendix IV.
The dollar value of the award to Indian tribes and tribal organizations is determined through the use of annual tribal work plans identifying eligible applicants and through prioritization under the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Applications will be processed within 90 days.
Applicants whose request to administer the program is denied may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR part 900. An individual whose request is denied may appeal a Bureau of Indian Affairs official's decision to the Regional Director under the procedures contained in 25 CFR Part 2, "Appeals From Administrative Actions."
Awards to Indian tribes and tribal organizations to administer the program may be renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the contractor. A notice of intent to renew should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the current award. The amount of the award may be adjusted as a result of changes in the identified eligible applicants and in individual tribal priorities established in the budget formulation process. For individual Indians, receipt of program services represent one-time direct assistance.
How are proposals selected?
Indian tribes and tribal organizations meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected if a viable tribal work plan identifying eligible applicants, the category of assistance needed, the estimated project cost for each eligible applicant, and a report of prior year accomplishments is submitted and the tribe has high priority ranking eligible applicants for which sufficient funding is available for the needed project or the program has been prioritized by the Indian tribe through tribal participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process. Individual Indians must meet the eligibility requirements contained in 25 CFR Part 256. Requests are made by individuals to the local tribal servicing housing office or to local BIA agencies for repair or new housing assistance. Starting with the most needy, regardless of the category of services required, applicants are served until available funds are exhausted.
How may assistance be used?
The program is primarily devoted to providing decent, safe, and sanitary housing through renovations, repairs, or additions to existing homes. The program will build an entire house in situations where no other program can meet the need in the immediate or near future. Technical assistance is provided to Indian tribes to establish housing plans and determine the extent and use of the Bureau's Housing Improvement Program. The program is restricted to use within reservations and approved tribal service areas.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
For Indian tribes and tribal organizations awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor. Payments may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of payment will be negotiated with the Indian tribes.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Catalog Appendix IV for Regional Office addresses.
1849 C Street, N.W.
Bureau of Indian Education, MS 4657-MIB
Washington, DC 20240 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$2,227,017.00; FY 19 est $2,500,000.00; FY 20 est $2,500,000.00; FY 16 FY 17 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For HIP, maximum of $35,000 for repairs and renovations; $2,500 for interim improvements. The average cost of repair has been approximately $17,500. New housing does not have a specified maximum amount but is intended to provide only a modest standard dwelling. Average new housing construction cost has been approximately $100,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 Part 256, "Housing Improvement Program;" 25 CFR Part 900, "Contracts under the Indian Self- Determination and Educational Assistance Act;" and OMB Circular No. A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
No Information Available.Fiscal Year 2017
No Information Available.Fiscal Year 2018
No Information Available.