The Housing Improvement Program (HIP) provides grant funding for home repair or renovation of an existing property or to assist with the construction of a new home. HIP, which is funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and administered by THRHA addresses the housing needs of those who are not eligible for funding through other sources. According to the BIA, “HIP is a secondary, safety-net housing program that seeks to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness in Indian communities by helping those who need it most obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing for themselves and their families.”
To Qualify, You Must:
- Be Alaska Native or enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.
- Reside in a community in approved tribal service area. THRHA administers the program for the communities of Angoon, Juneau, Kasaan, Klawock, Petersburg, Saxman, or Wrangell.*
- Not exceed HIP Family Income Limits.
- Reside in substandard housing as defined by program regulations.
- Have no other resources for housing assistance available to you.
- Not have acquired your present housing through a federally sponsored housing program.
*Residents who wish to apply and live in communities not administered by THRHA should contact their local tribal office to find determine if they live in an approved tribal service area.
HIP Grant Categories Include:
Category A—$7,500 in safety or sanitation repairs to your home.
Category B—$60,000 renovation grant to improve your home to standard living housing.
Category C—A one-time grant to build a modest home.
Category D—Mortgage Assistance grant that will fund up to 30% of the home’s purchase price or $75,000.00 (whichever is less).
I live in an apartment that the landlord does not maintain well. Can I apply for a grant to make improvements to my rental?
Unfortunately, rental properties do not qualify for grant funding. However, THRHA encourages all eligible tribal members to consider purchasing a home. THRHA administers several programs that assist tribal members on the path towards home-ownership.
Must I already own a parcel of land to apply for a grant to build a modest house?
Yes, tribal members must have access to land that is either owned or leased in order to qualify for a Category C.
Do I need to be approved for a loan to apply for mortgage assistance?
No, the program does not require a pre-approval letter from a bank or lending institution in order to process your application. Applicants should put “in progress” for bank financing when completing their application.
For an application to be considered complete, it must include:
- Original signed application
- Proof of tribal enrollment
- Proof of income (most recent Federal Tax Return and W-2 Form)
- Copy of property deed or land lease (if applicable)
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