ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Northern Pueblos Housing Authority, San Felipe Pueblo Housing Authority and Taos Pueblo are getting grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development totaling $2,759,997 to provide for affordable housing and economic development, according to the federal agency.
The grants were announced Tuesday in Albuquerque by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
HUD said in a news release that the grants are part of a national effort to address distressed housing conditions and concentrated poverty. Overall, $28 million was awarded to 46 rural and tribal communities throughout the nation.
The news release said the grants in New Mexico are:
- Northern Pueblos Housing Authority (NPHA) in Santa Fe will receive a Rural Innovation Fund Single Purpose grant in the amount $300,000 to reduce the dilapidated housing conditions and overcrowding on Picuris Pueblo by rehabilitating four homes. The rehabilitation of the historic adobe homes will include accessibility improvements, universal design features, and will meet New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority’s Green Building standards. NPHA will also address the high rate of poverty and lack of high-paying employment through job training programs that will be implemented with the assistance of regional entities. In addition to construction job opportunities made available during the home rehabilitation, NPHA will mentor two tribal members in project and construction management. NPHA will work with the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative to improve access to behavioral and health services for tribal members. Leveraging for this project is $161,044.
- San Felipe Pueblo Housing Authority (SFPHA) in San Felipe Pueblo will receive a Rural Innovation Fund Comprehensive grant in the amount of $1,660,000 to build 12 affordable units of housing while creating 30 jobs. The project will increase the quality of life for over 115 tribal members living in substandard conditions. Partners include the Pueblo of San Felipe tribal council, the Tribal Administration, Pueblo of San Felipe Public Improvement Authority and the SFPHA Board of Commissioners and Tribal Departments.
- Taos Pueblo will receive a Rural Innovation Fund Indian Economic Development and Entrepreneurship grant in the amount $799,997. The Taos Pueblo Preservation Project (TPPP) will start a nine-year mission to rehabilitate 320 housing units. Within the spectrum of the Rural Innovation Funding, the Taos Pueblo will rehabilitate 52 traditional multi-use spaces in the Old Village that will be used as housing, retail space, and traditional cultural activities. These efforts will also provide education and training for tribe members and facilitate branding and marketing of Pueblo products. Partners for the project include several public and private entities, Taos Pueblo War Chief’s Office, Taos Pueblo Cultural Preservation Office, Red Willows Community Grown Cooperative, and the New Mexico Small Business Development Center. Leveraging for this project is $625,104.