U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Announces Pilot Program to Increase Homeownership Opportunities on Native Lands
- Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has announced that the USDA is launching a pilot program to increase homeownership opportunities on Tribal lands. USDA is partnering with two Native Community Development Financial Institutions (NCDFIs) that have extensive experience working in Native American communities. The Department will loan $800,000 each to Mazaska Owecaso Otipit Financial and to Four Bands Community Fund. The organizations will relend the money to eligible homebuyers for mortgages on South Dakota and some North Dakota Tribal trust lands. Mazaska Owecaso Otipit Financial and Four Bands Community Fund also will service the mortgage loans after they are made. USDA is providing the funding through the Single Family Housing Direct Loan program. Each NCDFI will contribute $200,000 for mortgages in the pilot program. The pilot program will begin this summer. USDA Rural Development’s state office in Huron, S.D., will oversee the initiative. In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force. See "Related Content #1"
Bureau of the Census-Commerce Notice - Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations
- The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is requesting nominations of individuals and organizations to the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations (Committee). See "Related Content #2"