Congress has passed full-year fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations and the President signed the bill into law February 15.
The Omnibus spending bill maintains the additional $100 million for tribal housing that was added last year. The bill also keeps the requirement that the additional funds to be allocated among eligible Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act recipients through a competitive grant process. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) still has not yet released the funding provided last year, so tribes should expect up to $200 million becoming available this year. National American Indian Housing Council will work with our members and the HUD Office of Native American Programs to understand how and when the new funding will be made available.
The bill also maintains additional funding for Training and Technical Assistance and for the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). The Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) funding, however, has been decreased again to only $4 million, which is $1 million lower than last year and $3 million less than original funding for the program. The decrease comes despite data showing nearly all HUD-VASH vouchers being used last year.
Below is a chart comparing how the various tribal housing programs are funded under the omnibus spending bill compared to last year:
NAIHC will pass along more information about FY 2019 funding and how the funds will made available to tribes as that information is released by HUD.