The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is planning to start the rulemaking process to update the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program regulations (24 CFR 1003). In accordance with HUD’s Tribal Consultation Policy, the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is seeking Tribal feedback on these regulations, which have not been updated in nearly two decades.
While HUD welcomes comments regarding all aspects of the ICDBG program and regulations, it is particularly interested in receiving feedback on the following areas:
- Eligible and ineligible activities (24 CFR 1003.201);
- Area ONAP allocations of ICDBG funds (24 CFR 1003.101);
- Compliance with the primary objective (24 CFR 1003.208);
- Rating factors included in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (24 CFR 103.303);
- ICDBG Imminent Threat Grants (24 CFR 1003 subpart E); and
- Reporting requirements (24 CFR 1003.506).
Comments can be submitted via email to [email protected]. Please submit all comments by January 30, 2024. Formal Tribal consultation sessions are forthcoming and will be announced soon.
The ICDBG program is a critical funding source for Tribal communities across the US, and opportunities to provide input which can directly influence ICDBG rules and regulations are exceedingly rare. We encourage Tribal communities to take advantage of this opportunity and engage in the consultation process with HUD. If you’d like to discuss potential changes to the program regulations or need support in crafting a comment to submit to HUD, our team is ready to support our Tribal partners in this important opportunity.