First Indian Housing Block Grant Completion in the Nation

Valdez Construction, Inc., a general contractor in Oak Harbor, Washington, recently completed building eight houses in the Tallawhalt Phase 3 Aging in Place housing development for the Swinomish Housing Authority in La Conner, Washington. 

This extensive project is especially noteworthy because it’s the first project completed under the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Competitive in the entire nation. 

What is the Indian Housing Block Grant?

The Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) is a government program under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. This program allows eligible Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) to receive grants to help build affordable housing on reservations. These grant funds help develop, maintain or operate affordable tribal housing. Additionally, these funds must be used to benefit low-income Native American families. 

IHBC was designed to provide opportunities to fund affordable housing projects in Indian countries and on reservations. The projects that are given priority under the grant include those that help to increase construction and rehabilitation. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) strongly encourage building affordable housing-related infrastructure and projects to enable future construction or rehabilitation on reservations further. 

Tallawhalt Phase 3 Aging in Place Project

The Tallawhalt Phase 3 Aging in Place project completed by Valdez Construction, Inc. consisted of building eight single-family homes. The homes feature two different floor plans, a one-car garage and have a Pacific Northwest craftsman-style architecture. 

Honored to Be a Part of Grant History

Valdez Construction, Inc. is proud to be an integral part of helping make grant history with the Tallawhalt Phase 3 project for the Swinomish Housing Authority. This joint group effort would not be possible without our dedicated team of employees, Ally Community Development and Environmental Works

Read more information about the Tallawhalt Phase 3 La Conner project by Valdez Construction, Inc.