The following was taken from a September 12, 2016 press release issued by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Alaska State Office:
THIRTEEN ALASKA NATIVE ORGANIZATIONS WIN $7 MILLION IN HUD INDIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO ADDRESS HOUSING & COMMNITY PRIORITIES
We are pleased to announce that the Native Village of Napaimute was one of the 13 Alaska Native Organizations that received this funding. The purpose of NVN’s award is (as quoted from the press release):
- The Native Village of Napaimute is receiving an ICDBG of $600,000 to enhance an existing economic development program by purchasing a local sawmill and relocating the sawmill and all support buildings to its Lower Kalskag Timber Harvest Site where it will increase their timber harvesting and production capability. With the purchase of the sawmill, timber will now be able to be milled into truss lumber, cured, stored, and then sold providing a foundation of future economic sustainability.
The ICDBG program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations (including Alaska Indian, Aleuts and Eskimos,) Alaska Native villages, and eligible tribal organizations compete for this funding each year.
The goal of the program is to develop viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including neighborhoods with decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities. Communities can use the grants to rehab or build new housing; to buy land for housing; for infrastructure projects such as roads, water and sewer facilities; and to spur economic development including jobs.
A huge thank you to Lisa Feyereisen, NVN Administrative Support, for all her hard work towards developing a successful ICDBG proposal for our tribe:
“From Timber to Trusses”
Employment & Energy Efficiency
A proposal to put local people to work, using local renewable resources, in direct support of our regional housing authority’s mandate to provide affordable energy efficient housing throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region