U.S. Akwesasne gets $2M housing grant

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe administration offices on State Route 37 in Hogansburg, N.Y. as seen in this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

HOGANSBURG, N.Y. – The American government is giving $2 million to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe for low-income housing projects.

The money is coming from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through its Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBC) program.

IHBC calculates its grants based on needs and the number of housing units under management by the tribe, in this case through the Akwesasne Housing Authority.

There are a number of things the tribe can use the grant for, including crime prevention and safety projects, housing services and housing development.

HUD is already looking ahead to 2017 with a proposed country-wide budget of $700 million – $50 million more than this year – for Indian housing grants, in order to stem overcrowding and substandard housing on reserves.