White Earth receives HUD grant, declares homelessness emergency

The White Earth Nation recently received over $2 million from HUD.

According to a release, the $2.3 million grant is through the Native American Housing Block Grant program, with funds made available by the American Rescue Plan.

The White Earth Nation thanks Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum for taking an active role in securing funding, as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

“We want to thank Congresswoman McCollum for helping secure funding for not only White Earth, but all the other tribes in Minnesota,” said White Earth Chairman Michael Fairbanks. 

“We will begin the process of deciding how the money will be used in the best interest of our tribal programs and communities.”

White Earth also recently declared a homelessness emergency, citing in their declaration the high incidence of homelessness within the reservation is compounding impacts of substance abuse, mental illness and poverty.

The declaration directs tribal agencies to work collaboratively to address homelessness.

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