Development sponsored and hosted a Statewide Tribal Housing Conference
as the centerpiece event celebrating National Homeownership Month in
June 2005. This event, while providing valuable education, information,
and technical assistance also served to strengthen relationships between
all levels of Rural Development and the tribes of the State of
Housing Preservation Grants were awarded to the Squaxin Island Tribe on
trust land to be used to repair 32 homes on tribal lands.
Skokomish Indian Tribe applied for and received a Housing Preservation
Grant to help 22 low-income tribal members with the most immediate need
for home repairs. The Skokomish Tribe had received an earlier HPG of
$38,483 in January 2004 that was leveraged with $65,000 from Housing
Urban Development under the Native American Housing Assistance and
Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA). The earlier grant was the first HPG
provided to a tribe in Washington State.
- Home loan
and grant packaging training to Squaxin Island Tribal employees.
Homeownership training was provided to the Squaxin Island, Quinault,
Makah Tribe, Lummi Nation, and Lower Elwha S’Klallam Tribes, and Samish