Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG)



Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH)


Awards non-competitive grants to American Indian and Alaska Native communities to improve housing for tribal residents. Assists tribes with new housing construction, housing rehabilitation, land acquisition, and infrastructure projects that support housing development. Helps low-income individuals, students, and families find safe and affordable housing options.

Intended program outcomes include:

  • Reducing over-crowding
  • Assisting renters to become homeowners
  • Improving quality of substandard housing
  • Improving quality of existing infrastructure
  • Addressing homelessness
  • Providing housing assistance for low-income households
  • Creating new affordable rental units
  • Providing housing assistance for college students
  • Providing accessibility for disabled/elderly people
  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Reducing crime and improving safety

More IHBG program information can be found in the supporting Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA) legislation.

Amount of Funding

Non-competitive block grant award amounts are determined by a formula consisting of 4 components.

  • Need: Considers a community's population, income, and housing conditions
  • Formula Current Assisted Stock: Accounts for the ongoing operation of housing developed under the previous legislation, the United States Housing Act of 1937 (USHA)
  • 1996 Minimum: Makes adjustments based on funding awarded in 1996 for operating costs and modernization
  • Undisbursed IHBG Funds: Adjusts for undisbursed IHBG funds from prior allocations

More information on the IHBG formula can be found online.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by:

  • Federally recognized Indian tribes or their tribally designated housing entity (TDHE)
  • A limited number of state-recognized tribes who were funded under the Indian Housing Program authorized by the United States Housing Act of 1937 (USHA)

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Buildings and Facilities • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

IHBG recipients must submit an Indian Housing Plan (IHP) and complete an Annual Performance Report (APR) to receive funding each year.

Application instructions, requirements, and other information regarding completing an IHP and APR are available in the report form guidance.

Recipients may submit their IHPs and APRs through the Grants Evaluation and Management System (GEMS), HUD's web-based submission system.

IHPs must be submitted no later than 75 days before the beginning of the program year.


For program questions:
Contact your respective ONAP Area Office

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Housing and Homelessness • Infrastructure