Cantwell Announces Washington State Tribes to Receive More than $12 Million in Affordable Housing Funds from COVID-19 Funding Package

All 29 of state’s federally recognized Tribes will receive funding to prepare for, respond to coronavirus through Indian Housing Block Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that Washington state’s 29 federally recognized Tribes will receive a combined total of more than $12 million in funding for critical affordable housing programs. This comes after the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law last Friday.

The funds, which are part of COVID-19 relief allocations through the Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG), are for the Tribes to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus, including to maintain normal operations and fund eligible affordable housing activities under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) while the program is impacted by coronavirus.

Under NAHASDA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides grants to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages for the development and operation of low-income housing. The IHBG program assists grant recipients with affordable housing activities in safe and healthy environments on Indian reservations, in Indian communities, and in Native Alaskan villages.



Chehalis Confederated Tribes


Colville Confederated Tribes


Cowlitz Indian Tribe


Hoh Indian Tribe


Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe


Kalispel Indian Community


Lower Elwha Tribal Community


Lummi Tribe


Makah Indian Tribe


Muckleshoot Indian Tribe


Nisqually Indian Tribe


Nooksack Indian Tribe


Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe


Puyallup Tribe


Quileute Tribe


Quinault Indian Nation


Samish Indian Nation


Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe


Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe


Skokomish Indian Tribe


Snoqualmie Indian Tribe


Spokane Tribe


Squaxin Island Tribe


Stillaguamish Tribe


Suquamish Indian Tribe


Swinomish Indian Tribal Community


Tulalip Tribes


Upper Skagit Tribe


Yakama Indian Nation




Earlier this week, Senator Cantwell announced that more than $52 million is coming to the state of Washington for three housing programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Washington is also expected to receive additional funds for housing programs in the coming weeks as a result of the CARES Act.

Senator Cantwell has long supported funding for housing and homelessness grants for Tribes in Washington state. Earlier this year Cantwell announced $1.4 million in affordable housing grants for the Yakama Nation. In 2018, Cantwell called for improvements to the IHBG program in order to better assist Native American veterans in finding housing in Indian Country. Cantwell has also prioritized investment in affordable housing, helping to secure nearly $3 billion in additional affordable housing funding in March 2018 and introducing legislation in 2019 to increase investment in affordable housing and provide more resources and stronger protections for at-risk groups.