CNHA to rehabilitate up to 27 homes with 2022 federal funding
LAWTON, Okla. – Comanche Nation Housing Authority (CNHA), a Comanche Nation-affiliated organization that promotes self-sufficiency and provides affordable, safe and decent housing to low-income tribal members, received a $2 million federal grant on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), marking its ninth consecutive year as a grant recipient. The funding will further CNHA’s home rehabilitation efforts to increase access to affordable housing for tribal members.
“Ongoing housing rehabilitation is a necessity to provide safe and viable living spaces to tribal members,” said Nora Sovo, deputy director of CNHA. “The grant’s impact goes further than rehabilitating homes. It offers residents a chance to stay in the homes and communities that their families have helped build for generations.”
CNHA received the grant as part of the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program, which services 55 tribal communities with this award cycle. As the ICDBG grant explicitly allows a focus on home repairs, CNHA plans to complete interior and exterior repairs in up to 27 homes over a three-year period.
Interior rehabilitations will focus on electrical panel upgrades, plumbing repairs and bathroom repairs, as well as installation of interior doors, cabinets, counter tops, plumbing fixtures, water heaters, flooring, insulation, duct work and HVAC units. Exterior rehabilitations will include the replacement and repair of roofs, exterior doors, siding, generator installation, garage doors and pin pad openers, foundation repairs and energy efficient windows.
“Once the grant is completed, we will have invested a total of $2.7 million into our Nation’s residents,” said Sovo. “Our goal is to make critical and meaningful changes throughout our community that our tribal members can take pride in calling home.”
The program is now accepting applications from Comanche Nation members who are living within CNHA’s service areas and are income eligible. CNHA will service homes in need of rehabilitation services based upon living conditions and other eligibility requirements which include maximum home expenditure limits. All services must be completed within the grant’s three-year term life.
CNHA currently serves five counties in Southwest Oklahoma, including Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Kiowa and Tillman, for their federal grant programs. To learn more about the ICDBG Home Rehabilitation Program or to apply, call 580-357-4956 or visit www.comanchehousing.com.
ABOUT COMANCHE NATION HOUSING AUTHORITY
The Comanche Nation Housing Authority (CNHA) provides rental and housing assistance to low-income and other enrolled members of the Comanche Nation through a number of its service programs, including the down payment and closing cost grant, Elder home rehabilitation program, rental program, student housing program, homeownership lease purchase program and CNHA emergency home repair program (HIP). CNHA currently operates in seven counties – Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Kiowa, Tillman for federal grant programs and in Stephens and Grady for additional services that include the Elder and HIP programs. For more information about program requirements and low-income guidelines, call 580-357-4956 or visit www.comanchehousing.com.