On March 12, 2018, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) notified Tribal leaders of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) intent to develop regulations for the Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee (Section 184) program. The development of Section 184 regulations will be done through consultation sessions with Tribal Nations and Tribal Leaders at the beginning of the regulation drafting process in accordance with the HUD Government-to-Government Consultation Policy. Earlier in the year, HUD held two consultation sessions at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2018 Executive Council Winter Session and the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) 2018 Legislative Conference.
Tribal Leaders or their designee are invited to consultation sessions in each of the ONAP regions to express their comments on Section 184 regulations to HUD. The session dates and locations are listed below.
- The United Native American Housing Association (UNAHA) Annual Meeting at Holiday Inn Lakewood in Lakewood, CO, April 9, 2018
- An Association of Alaska Housing Authorities’ (AAHA) meeting and webinar at AAHA offices in Anchorage, AK, April 9, 2018
- The Northwest Indian Housing Association (NWIHA) Quarterly Meeting at Coeur d’Alene Resort Casino in Worley, ID, April 17, 2018
- The Southern Plains Indian Housing Association (SPIHA) Spring Meeting at the Hard Rock Hotel in Catoosa, OK, April 19, 2018
- The Tribal Self-Governance Annual Consultation Conference at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, April 24-25, 2018
Additional information for each consultation session is posted on the ONAP Section 184 Consultation website. At each session, HUD officials will provide a brief overview of the Section 184 program, and then accept comments from Tribal Leaders or their designees, as well as other attendees.
HUD prepared a “read-ahead” document for those interested in participating in the consultation sessions. The read-ahead document is attached to this email, is posted on the ONAP website, and will be available in hard copy at each session. It provides background on the Section 184 program and highlights topic areas that HUD is considering addressing in regulations.
In addition to participating in the regional consultation sessions, Tribal Leaders are encouraged to submit comments on developing Section 184 regulations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Input from Tribal Leaders is essential to developing regulations for the Section 184 program. The ONAP staff look forward to hearing from you at the upcoming consultation sessions. Thank you for your continued partnership and collaboration in the effective delivery of HUD’s programs.