The Housing Improvement Program (HIP) is a home repair, renovation, replacement, and housing grant program administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) federally-recognized Indian Tribes for American Indians and Alaska Native individuals and families who have no immediate resource for standard housing. To be eligible for HIP assistance, you must be a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or be an Alaska Native; live in an approved tribal service area; have an income that does not exceed 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines; have present housing that is substandard, as defined in the regulations 25 CFR, Part 256; have no other resource for housing assistance; have not previously received HIP assistance for repairs, renovation, replacement or housing, or down payment assistance; and have not acquired your present housing through a federally sponsored housing program within the previous 20 years. Interested applicants should contact their regional BIA office for more information and to request a package containing the application, guidelines, and required supporting documentation necessary in order to qualify for eligibility. Some regulations have changed that may improve your status. If you have submitted an application in the past it is recommended that a new application be submitted for an update. A new category has been added to assist in down payments and the point system had been modified to enhance eligibility.