Washington, DC (KINY) - Alaska Congressman Don Young announced that nearly $16 million in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded to Alaska Native organizations.
This funding will be used for a variety of COVID-19-related health care initiatives and community development projects and was made available by the CARES Act – legislation passed by the House in March with the support of Congressman Young. A portion of this grant money comes from the Indian Community Development Block Grant program.
The Yakutat Tlingit Tribe will receive $900,000. The tribe will use its grant to construct three energy-efficient homes, which will help alleviate the housing shortage and help reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
Yakutat is a high-risk area for COVID-19 because there is a regional port with an influx of seafood workers traveling into the community.
“The truth is that Alaska Native villages, like other communities across our state, have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We must ensure that our villages are properly prepared to prevent and respond to the threat posed by this virus. The CARES Act was a critical piece of legislation which came at a very urgent time, and it continues to benefit Alaskans. The funding announced today by HUD and HHS is welcome news for the grant recipients across our state,” said Congressman Don Young. “From renovating shelters to prevent overcrowding, building facilities to help individuals quarantine, and bolstering our health care infrastructure, I am confident that these grants will help protect some of the most vulnerable in Alaska. I am proud to have supported the legislation authorizing these funds, and will continue working in Congress to ensure that Alaska Natives come out of this stronger than ever."
Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA) and Congressman Young recently led a successful effort to increase funding for the ICDBG program by $5 million in the second House appropriations package.