Washington, D.C. (KINY) - The Organized Villages of Kake and Saxman each received $900,00 in grants today to build or improve housing in the communities.
Kake plans to construct two single-family homes and renovate a shelter. The grant will help address overcrowding, homelessness, and provide shelter to those impacts by COVID-19.
Saxman plans to use the funds to rehabilitate homes and add bathrooms to existing overcrowded homes. The money will help address overcrowding, homelessness and allow families to quarantine safely.
Congressman Don Young said the Department of Housing and Urban Development Indian Community Development Block Grant program provided over $3.5 million for native organizations.
"Alaska Native villages, like other communities across our state, have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We must ensure that our villages are properly prepared to prevent and respond to the threat posed by this virus," he added.
Young said the native villages will put these funds to good use, "From renovating shelters to prevent overcrowding, upgrading water infrastructure, and building structures to assist those requiring self-quarantine, I am confident that these grants will help save lives and protect some of the most vulnerable in Alaska."