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Upper Skagit tribe gets $500,000 grant for housing project

The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe will get help with a low-income housing project thanks to a $500,000 grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The grant came through the Indian Community Development Block Grant program, which exists to help fund housing and economic development for the country’s tribes.

According to a news release, the tribe plans to use the grant to extend tribal-owned utilities to the planned Helmick Road low-income housing project.

In Washington, the Muckleshoot Housing Authority and Port Gamble S'Klallam Housing Authority also each received $500,000 for housing projects.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), a senior member and former chair of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, applauded the announcement of the grants to the Washington tribes.

“From affordable housing to infrastructure programs, these grants will help revitalize and bolster native communities in Washington state,” Cantwell said in a news release. “While we celebrate these grants, we must continue to work together to find every possible opportunity to ensure the economic and cultural success of Indian Country.”