In a letter to Congress, the Native CDFI Network, National American Indian Housing Council, and Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations is calling on legislators to strengthen the HUD Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing (Section 4) Program for Indian Country in two critical ways. The HUD Section 4 Program is the only federal program explicitly designed to increase and enhance the capacity of community-based non-profit organizations to effectively serve the affordable housing and community development needs of low-income communities, including Native communities.

In the letter addressed to Senator Charles Schumer and Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the organizations requested that Congress pass a FY 2024 Appropriations package that:

  • increases Section 4 Program funding to $50 million; and

  • establishes a 10% set-aside from Section 4 Program funding for Native communities.

NCN will keep its network apprised of future developments regarding the HUD Section 4 Program and this appropriations request.