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Sen. Begich Announces $13 million in HUD Stimulus Funding

Announcement Comes as HUD Secretary Donovan Tours Alaska

In an effort to improve housing and stimulate community development, Senator Mark Begich and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced on Aug. 11 that Alaska Native communities will be receiving $13 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The announcement comes as Sec. Donovan has joined Sen. Begich on a tour of Alaska. The Aug. 11 tour consisted of visiting locations in Anchorage to address homelessness and affordable housing opportunities. Aug. 12 the duo will be joined for events in Bethel and Hooper Bay by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

"Funding for community development is of dire importance in Alaska villages," Sen. Begich said. "These funds will help communities and tribes to support new housing, revamp existing housing, increase energy efficiency, and a variety of other measures, all while creating and sustaining jobs."

The Indian Community Development Block Grant and Native American Housing Block Grant funds are designed to help Alaska tribes improve the quality of their housing, develop viable communities, promote energy efficiency and create jobs. Nationwide HUD is releasing $255 million in Recovery Act funding, according to recovery.gov over $51 million has already been made available in Alaska through HUD's recovery spending.

The grants announced today are being awarded through a competitive grant process in the coming months. The funding for Alaska includes:
Asa'carsarmiut Tribe of Mountain Village             $2 million
AVCP regional Housing Authority of Bethel        $5 million
Metlakatla Housing Authority                              $2 million
Arctic Village                                                      $2 million
Ketchikan Indian Corporation                             $2 million

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is expected to bring over $1 billion to Alaska over the next two years, creating or sustaining 8,000 jobs. Sen. Begich supported its passage in Congress. For more information on these programs, go to www.recovery.gov.

Aug. 11, 2009

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