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January 9, 2017

Maine tribes land $800K in federal housing grants

The Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Penobscot Indian Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe received $807,217 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Indian Housing Block Grant.

"Indian Housing Block Grants offer crucial assistance to tribal communities working to maintain and improve the availability of affordable housing on their lands," Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said in a joint statement. "This investment will help support projects that provide safe, affordable housing for members of Maine's tribes."

The block grant program assists grant recipients with affordable housing activities in safe and healthy environments on Indian reservations, in Indian communities and in Native Alaskan villages.

Here's the breakdown of the funding:

  • Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians, $175,910.
  • Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Housing Authority, $140,393.
  • Penobscot Indian Nation, $268,914.
  • Pleasant Point Reservation Housing Authority, $222,000.
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