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Seven Virginia tribes to receive more than $1M in federal funding for affordable housing

The program provides grants, loan guarantees, and assistance to Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages for the development of affordable housing.

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced seven Native American tribes in Virginia will receive $1,191,750 million in federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The funding will help the tribes access affordable housing.

The grant was awarded through HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant Program.

The program provides grants, loan guarantees, and technical assistance to Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages for the development of affordable housing, according to a news release.

Sens. Kaine and Warner said the grants would help tribe communities have a safe and affordable place to live.

The tribes that received funding are listed below:

  • Chickahominy Indian Tribe, Providence Forge, $265,991
  • Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, Providence Forge, $74,594
  • Monacan Indian Nation, Amherst, $372,748
  • Nansemond Indian Tribe, Suffolk, $150,023
  • Pamunkey Indian Tribe, King William, $74,594
  • Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., Indian Neck, $74,594
  • Upper Mattaponi Tribe, King William, $179,206

In 2018, a bipartisan Warner and Kaine bill—the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017—to grant federal recognition to six Virginia tribes was signed into law. 

The legislation granted these six Virginia tribes legal standing and status in direct relationships with the U.S. government, allowing the tribes to compete for grants only open to federally recognized tribes.

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