Nevada tribes to receive more than $10M for housing

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In a 2018 report, the Prison Policy Initiative found “formerly incarcerated people are almost 10 times more likely to be homeless than the general public.”  (Image by MasterTux from Pixabay)
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In 2020, an average of 160 Native American and Pacific Islanders experience homelessness out of every 10,000, compared to the national average of 17 out of every 10,000. (Image by MasterTux from Pixabay)

Seventeen Native and Tribal communities in Nevada will receive more than $10 million in federal funding to develop affordable housing within their communities, as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

The new funding will deliver immediate relief for hard-hit Native American families and support Tribal Nations as they develop, maintain, and operate affordable housing while working toward economic recovery.

The relief bill includes more than $31.2 billion in dedicated funding for tribal governments and Native communities in the U.S., the largest one-time investment in history for Native programs. 

On Friday, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a member of the Senate Committees on Indian Affairs and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and her fellow Nevada Democrat Sen. Jacky Rosen announced the infusion of dedicated housing resources to tribes in Nevada.

“During the coronavirus pandemic, access to a safe home is vital, and these funds are a historic investment in affordable housing for Native communities across Nevada,” said Cortez Masto in a statement. “This federal funding will support health care, housing, and economic recovery efforts across Indian Country, and I’ll make sure tribal governments and native communities in Nevada continue to get the help they need to flourish.”

“The American Rescue Plan is already providing much-needed support to communities across Nevada, including to Native communities that have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic,” said Rosen in a statement. 

Native Americans are disproportionately impacted by homelessness. In 2020, an average of 160 Native American and Pacific Islanders experience homelessness out of every 10,000, compared to the national average of 17 out of every 10,000, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

The funds will be distributed as Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) a formula grant that provides aid in the development and operation of low-income housing on tribal land. 

A total of $10,125,763 will be awarded to the following 17 tribes across Nevada:

Tribe: City: Grant Funding:
Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Owyhee $1,467,378
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe Duckwater $343,691
Ely Shoshone Tribe Ely $451,318
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe Fallon $978,352
Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes McDermitt $337,297
Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians Las Vegas $35,007
Lovelock Paiute Tribe Lovelock $91,726
Moapa Band of Paiute Indians Moapa $297,480
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Nixon $1,063,016
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Reno $860,058
Summit Lake Paiute Tribe Sparks $35,007
Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians Elko $915,465
Walker River Paiute Tribe Schurz $1,441,797
Washoe Tribe Gardnerville $1,045,399
Winnemucca Indian Colony Reno $35,007
Yerington Paiute Tribe Yerington $513,883
Yomba Shoshone Tribe Austin $213,882
Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.