One of the greatest challenges facing Tribal leaders today is the tremendous shortage of housing in Tribal communities across the country. Even with the success of gaming and other tribally-owned businesses in the last 40 years, the unfortunate reality is that many Tribes still face some of the worst housing and living conditions in the United States.
Overcrowding, dilapidated conditions and a lack of resources to construct new housing have created an ongoing humanitarian crisis as birth rates among Native Americans continue to outpace all other groups. Current estimates reveal a current need for an additional 200,000 housing units in Indian Country. Statistics show that 15.9 percent of Tribal communities households are overcrowded, compared to 2.2 percent of the general population.
In order to assist Tribes and TDHEs in addressing their housing needs, Blue Stone offers a variety of services that address administrative and planning issues related to housing.
We recognize that one of the primary reasons for the Indian housing crisis has been the perpetual lack of Federal resources devoted to Indian Housing. The federal funding source for Indian housing, HUD’s Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG), was first funded in 1998 at a level of $650 million, which has remained static for nearly two decades. In FY 2018, funding for housing was also $650 million. To put this into context had the Federal commitment to Indian Housing simply kept up with the inflation rate, the IHBG Program would have been funded at $993 million FY18. In other words, the IHBG annual formula allocation would be almost 50 percent higher than it is now.
While the Federal commitment to addressing the Indian housing crisis has been clearly inadequate, Tribal leaders like you have embraced a number of innovative housing solutions to address the enormous housing needs that face your community. Blue Stone Strategy Group has continued to refine our housing services to assist Tribes in sorting out the many complexities associated with addressing your housing needs while also providing meaningful housing development options. Our housing team is experienced exclusively in the Indian housing field with extensive Tribal and Federal experience in this critical area. Examples of services that are provided include:
Now is the time to explore various options to address your community’s housing needs!
Blue Stone Strategy Group is deeply committed to supporting Tribes in addressing the many housing issues that you face. Please contact us at 949-476-8828 to schedule an appointment today. Thank you for your continued leadership and commitment to serving your community.