Briefs for Feb. 24, 2016
Trustee position needs filling
POLSON — The Polson Rural Fire District is seeking to fill a trustee position due to a recent vacancy. The position is an unexpired term to May 2017. Applicant must reside in the district. Those interested are encouraged to submit a letter of interest to Lake County Commissioners, 106 4th Ave. E., Polson, MT 59860. Deadline to submit letter is Friday, March 18 at 5 p.m.
Tribes, private sector receive housing grants
News from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced $25,853,783 in grant allocations to seven Native American tribes in Montana, including $4,411,643 to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
The Indian Housing Block Grant allocations, which are applied for each year, are distributed to eligible tribes each year for a range of affordable housing activities.
The amount of each grant is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribe or designated entity.
Another HUD grant called the Indian Community Development Block Grant, a variable and direct grant, was awarded to the Salish-Kootenai Housing Authority in the amount of $1.1 million. The Authority will be using $755,000 of its grant to rehabilitate 20 homes on the Flathead Indian Reservation. This is an extension of SKHA’s successful rehabilitation and weatherization program, where the goal is to drastically reduce the number of substandard housing units on the reservation. SKHA will improve the energy efficiency of all 20 units. The remaining $345,000 funds will be used to drill a new well for the Dixon Agency and connect it to 39 home sites. The well is critical to the viability of the community because the current well contains excessive levels of arsenic and iron, which is unsafe and is detrimentally affecting residents’ quality of life.
HUD is also allocating $2,654,272 to public housing authorities in Montana to make needed capital improvements in their properties.