Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have announced the award of $388,466 to the Penobscot Indian Nation and the Houlton Band of Maliseets. The grant was awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Indian Housing Block Grant Program. The Penobscot Nation will receive $249,462, and the Houlton Band of Maliseets will receive $139,004.
“These important investments in Maine’s tribal communities will help support vital projects to maintain and improve the availability of safe, affordable housing on their lands,” said Senators Collins and King in a statement.
The Indian Housing Block Grant Program is a formula grant that provides a range of affordable housing activities on Indian reservations and Indian areas. Eligible activities include housing development, assistance to housing developed under the Indian Housing Program, housing services to eligible families and individuals, crime prevention and safety, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems.