HOGANSBURG — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $600,000 to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe at Akwesasne to improve housing conditions and stimulate local economic development.
The tribe will rehabilitate 95 homes to improve their safety and functionality with handicap accessibility, roofing, HVAC and plumbing and electrical upgrades with energy-efficient products.
The program will assist low-income families, addressing needs identified through extensive study and outreach.
The rehabilitation is meant to produce safe and healthy housing, with an estimated reduction in annual heating costs for each household of about $1,200 per year.
The awards are part of HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant Program, a national competitive program that supports a range of community development and affordable housing.
“These grants will support our Native American communities as they work to improve housing conditions and neighborhoods,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement, calling his agency “a steadfast partner to tribes.”
The program was established in 1977 to help federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages meet their community-development needs, including decent housing, healthy living environments and economic opportunities.