Traditional Redwood Plank House at Sumeg Village, a reconstructed Yurok village at Patrick’s Point State Park. Photo courtesy of Rachel Sundberg.

Housing Committee Status

Tribal Council is currently reviewing a Committee Ordinance.
Once approved by Tribal Council, the ordinance will come before the Community Council for approval.
Applications will be accepted for the Housing Commitee once the Committee Ordinance is approved.
The Housing Committee will be selected by the Tribal Council.

Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)

The Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG) is a formula grant that provides a range of affordable housing activities on Indian reservations and Indian areas.

The block grant approach to housing for Native Americans was enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).

An eligible recipient must submit to HUD an Indian Housing Plan (IHP) each year to receive funding. At the end of each year, recipients must submit to HUD an Annual Performance Report (APR) reporting on their progress in meeting the goals and objectives included in their IHPs.

The Trinidad Rancheria receives an annual allocation of approximately $50,000 per year. Program activities are defined in the IHP submitted to HUD.


In December 2011, Tribal Council mandated that annual inspections will take place on all homes on tribal lands to create a baseline to determine maintenance and rehabilitation needs.

Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG)

The ICDBG Program provides eligible grantees with direct grants for use in developing viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low and moderate income persons.

The ICDBG program can provide funding for recipients in the following categories:

Housing rehabilitation, land acquisition to support new housing construction, and under limited circumstances, new housing construction.

Community Facilities
Infrastructure construction, e.g., roads, water and sewer facilities; and, single or multipurpose community buildings.

Economic Development
Wide variety of commercial, industrial, agricultural projects which may be recipient owned and operated or which may be owned and/or operated by a third party.

The Trindad Rancheria submitted an application for an ICDBG grant in 2012. If the grant is awarded to the Rancheria, funding will be utilized to develop infrastructure for new housing development at the Archer Road property.


The Rancheria has been consistently working on rehabilitation of tribal member’s homes. The Rehabilitation Program is designed to bring homes up to standardized living conditions.

Eligible activities under the Rehabilitation program include:

Rehabilitation and mold remediation
Develpopment and rehabilitation of utilities such as on-site water or sewer
Improvements to achieve greater energy efficiency