Tiwahe Housing

According to the FY 17 Appropriations Bill, to strengthen tribal communities in Indian country by leveraging programs and resources; to increase the number of single families and veterans assisted; and to address the dilapidated and overcrowded housing conditions in Tribes? service.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: New Program.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program anticipates funding projects that renovate existing structures to create an in-patient residential facility for foster youth, transitional living facilities for youth 18-24, renovations to structures for temporary housing for homeless families, renovations to homes to secure as licensed foster home, and implementation of pod homes to provide to veterans and single families.

Fiscal Year 2019: No information available.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Mercedes Garcia, National Tiwahe Coordinator; Meredes.garcia@bia.gov (email) Hankie Ortiz, Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Indian Services; hankie.ortiz@bia.gov (email) 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240 (Central/Administrative Office) 202-513-7640 (main) 202-513-7712 (Mercedes).



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: New Program. Fiscal Year 2018: In FY 2018, the program anticipates to issue 6 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: In FY 2019, the program anticipates to issue 6 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Needs to be met: To (1) leverage and expand assistance to single families and veterans, (2) address the dilapidated and overcrowded housing conditions in the Tribes? service areas, (3) collaborate with other Federal housing programs to increase home ownership, repair and rehabilitation opportunities and develop strategies for increased energy efficiency and sustainability of new housing on Indian lands; and (4) increase the number of families assisted overall.

Activities/projects to be conducted: Tiwahe Housing funding should be used in a matter more consistent with the Initiative and portions of their Tiwahe Housing funds may used in combination with other resources identified in each Tribe?s Tiwahe plan in the following areas: ? Foster care: a system in which a minor has been placed into a ward, group home, or private home of a certified caregiver, referred to as a 'foster parent'.

The placement of the child is normally arranged through the government or a social service agency. ? Transitional Housing: Housing with a time limit on how long you can stay in the housing or receive the housing assistance.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines transitional housing as stays of up to twenty-four months (but stays can be shorter). ? Short-Term or Temporary Housing: Situations in which the housing situation is intended to be very short-term or temporary (thirty, sixty, or ninety days or less). ? Emergency Shelter: to provide a place to stay or bed to sleep in overnight if you become homeless or otherwise experience a housing crisis and have no place to go. *Restrictions: No new construction.

Tiwahe housing funds support renovations.

*No discretionary funds. *No loan assistance applicable.

New construction is not permitted.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Tribe must hold status as an active Tiwahe Initiative Tribe with an approved Tiwahe Initiative Plan that includes a plan and budget for Tiwahe housing funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Update to each Tribe?s Tiwahe Plan to include a plan and budget for use of Tiwahe Housing funds.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. To receive Tiwahe housing funds, a tribe must be an active, compliant pilot site of the Tiwahe Initiative and must have an approved plan and budget for use of Tiwahe Housing funds incorporated in to their Tiwahe plan.

Award Procedures

To receive Tiwahe housing funds, a tribe must (1) be an active, compliant pilot site of the Tiwahe Initiative (2) must have plan and budget for use of Tiwahe Housing funds incorporated in to their Tiwahe plan (3) such plan must be approved by the BIA.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Department of Interior Appropriations Act, 2017.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

This application is based upon an urgent need. Two weeks (10 business days).

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Lump sum appropriated by Congressional Bill. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Budget proposals and audits.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Recipients are required to maintain tribal records related to the Initiative (e.g. budget proposals, implementation materials, resolutions/legal documents, etc.) for the duration of the Tiwahe Initiative.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-2100-0-1-999.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 17 Not Available; FY 18 est $281,384; and FY 19 Estimate Not Available - New Program.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

At the present time, $1,688,304 has been allotted. However, additional funds may become available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2017 Senate Report 114-281 2017 Indian Affairs Greenbook at page IA-HS-3 2017 Indian Affairs Greenbook at page IA-HS-12

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Mercedes Garcia, National Tiwahe Coordinator; Meredes.garcia@bia.gov (email) Hankie Ortiz, Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Indian Services; hankie.ortiz@bia.gov (email) 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240 (Central/Administrative Office) 202-513-7640 (main) 202-513-7712 (Mercedes).

Headquarters Office

Mercedes Garcia 1849 C Street NW (Central/Administrative Office), Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: Meredes.garcia@bia.gov Phone: 202-513-7712

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Must be active, compliant Tiwahe Initiative pilot tribe with approved Tiwahe plan.



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