SENECA FALLS — The Cayuga Indian Nation has been given $386,052 for affordable housing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The grant was made from the HUD Indian Housing Block Grant program, an annual allocation for eligible tribes.
The Cayugas are one of eight tribes in New York state to share $6 million in grant allocations for 2016.
The funds benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. The amount of the grants are based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribe or its designated entity.
“Tribes use this money to build new homes or to solve their most pressing housing issues,’’ HUD Secretary Julian Castro said in announcing the grant Tuesday. “Our partnerships with tribal communities and leaders are critical to tribes to help ensure better housing, neighborhoods and economic opportunities for tomorrow.”
Eligible activities for the funds include housing development, housing assistance, housing management services, crime prevention and safety, and model activities that provide creative approaches to solving affordable housing problems.
The Cayugas have used the money in the past to buy homes from willing sellers in the towns of Seneca Falls and Varick, as well as property in the Union Springs area.
The tribe owns 61 parcels of land amounting to 1,114 acres, paying $10.3 million for properties that were assessed at $6.7 million.
The Seneca Nation of New York was awarded $2.5 million and the St. Regis Band of Mohawks of New York received $2.03 million, the two largest allocations.