Fourteen tribes and villages in Alaska are getting nearly $8 million in federal funds for community development projects.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is distributing the money through the Indian Community Development Block Grant program. In a Tuesday press release, HUD says $63 million is being distributed to 85 communities nationwide.

According to HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Jeff McMorris, the money will help meet a variety of important needs in Alaska.

“These funds help Tribes and Villages meet some of their most pressing housing, community and economic development needs,” McMorris wrote in the release, “from protecting homes against the rigors of Arctic and sub-Arctic climates to helping jump-start a Tribal business to upgrading essential community facilities.”  

Here are the areas receiving the grant money:

Arctic Village Arctic Village $450,000
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc Anchorage $600,000
Hydaburg Cooperative Association Hydaburg $600,000
Igiugig Village Igugig $600,000
Ketchikan Indian Corporation Ketchikan $461,000
Kokhanok Village Kokhanok $600,000
Metlakatla Housing Authority Metlakatla $600,000
Native Village of Kwigillingok Kwigillingok $599,594
Native Village of Nanwalek Nanwalek $600,000
Organized Village of Saxman Ketchikan $600,000
Orutsararmiut Traditional Native Council Bethel $600,000
Petersburg Indian Association Petersburg $600,000
Village of Venetie Venetie $450,000
Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Yakutat $600,000
  TOTAL $7,960,594

"Communities can use the grants to rehabilitate 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," the release states.

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