The Aroostook Band of Micmacs recently received an ICDBG (Indian Community Development Block Grant) Award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Four Directions is excited to be serving as the co-developer for this project. Excerpts from the award’s press release are provided below:
HUD AWARDS $1.2 MILLION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IN MAINE
“Every family deserves the chance to have a decent home, economic opportunity and vibrant neighborhoods to call their own,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “Today we make another critical investment in helping tribal nations address affordable housing and community development needs in their communities.”
The ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleuts and Eskimos,) Alaska Native villages, and eligible tribal organizations compete for this funding.
“The goal of the ICDBG program is to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities,” said HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez. “Awardees can use the funding to rehabilitate or build new housing or to buy land for housing; for infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities; and to spur economic development including jobs.”
The Aroostook Band of Micmacs is receiving an ICDBG of $600,000 for construction of a four unit elderly housing complex. The housing complex will provide safe and accessible housing for elderly members of the tribe. The improvement of accessible housing for elders will promote mobility for elders who are currently challenged by their current living conditions. The housing will be constructed by the Four Directions Community Based Development Corporation.