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$3.2M in housing grants go to NM pueblos

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has announced grants of almost $18 million to tribes across the United States. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced almost $18 million in grants to tribes across the United States, including $3.2 million to New Mexico pueblos.

The money is part of HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent Threat program, according to a news release. It is specifically to aid tribal response to COVID-19.

“Today’s grant announcement will help families throughout Indian Country to access essential resources amid the coronavirus outbreak,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement.

The awards include:

• $900,000 to the San Felipe Pueblo Housing Authority to purchase three housing units as temporary lodging for families impacted by COVID-19. In addition, the grant will be used to purchase computers for access to telemedicine and to participate in remote learning.

• $1.5 million to the Zuni Housing Authority to purchase five manufactured homes as temporary lodging to families impacted by COVID-19. The grant also will be used to buy basic supplies for families.

• $899,754 to the Taos Pueblo Housing Authority to rehabilitate five housing units to help reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. The grant will also be used to provide rental, food and utility assistance.

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