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HUD awards $1.8 million to deliver equitable COVID-19 relief to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

The tribe will use their grant to renovate a vacant building, which will serve as an emergency food bank and distribution center.

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CASS LAKE โ€” The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the awarding of a $1.8 million Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan grant to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

The tribe will use their grant to renovate a vacant building, which will serve as an emergency food bank and distribution center.

This is the third round of Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan awards for delivering equitable COVID-19 relief to tribal communities. HUD awarded more than $83 million to 74 tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These funds to tribes will help protect the health and safety of their communities, particularly low- and moderate-income individuals and families, by expanding access to safe housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, HUD reported.

โ€œWe are committed to providing equitable resources that support strong, inclusive and sustainable communities,โ€ said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Diane M. Shelley, in a news release. โ€œPartnering with Tribal communities to address health and safety issues is a critical part of that work.โ€

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The announcement follows HUDโ€™s previous awards of $74 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan grants to 68 tribal communities in November and $52 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant-American Rescue Plan grants to 49 tribal communities in December . The American Rescue Plan included a total of $280 million for the Indian Community Development Block Grant program; HUD will announce additional awards on a rolling basis.

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