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Schrader Announces $1.7 Million COVID-19 Relief Grant to Support Health and Safety in Grand Ronde Tribal Community

U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1,725,000 to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through an Indian Community Block Grant-American Rescue Plan (ICDBG-ARP) grant. Congressman Schrader helped secure the grant’s funding through the ARP to support Tribal communities’ continued efforts to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The funding awarded to the Grand Ronde Tribe will help them build a health facility for testing, diagnosis and treatment of coronavirus cases, including exam rooms, offices and lab space, as well as purchase an ambulance and related equipment.

“COVID-19 has impacted communities in every corner of Oregon, taking an especially heavy toll on Indian Country,” Rep. Schrader said. “The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have struggled with facility, staffing and resource limitations during the COVID crisis, hurting their ability to provide vaccines and meet the unique health and cultural needs of their community. This additional funding I helped secure through the American Rescue Plan will ensure the Grand Ronde Tribe is able to build a comprehensive health facility to better protect their elders and other vulnerable Tribal members, as well as implement a timely and reliable ambulance service. I am excited to see how these additional resources will better serve the health and safety of their people.”  

“As a Tribal Government, we have a responsibility to ensure that our members have access to quality healthcare,” said Chairwoman Cheryle Kennedy, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Council. “This funding from the Indian Community Development Block Grant will allow us to further the healthcare of our members by expanding our Tribal Clinic and purchasing an ambulance that will serve the surrounding communities. We’re grateful to Congress and the American Rescue Plan for making these opportunities possible.”

“I’m pleased to announce these robust resources for Tribal communities to meet urgent housing, community, and economic development needs,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman. “The funding HUD is awarding today will support our mission to ensure that every person has the security of a healthy, safe, and resilient home and community. HUD looks forward to ongoing partnerships with Tribal communities to expand equity and opportunity and strengthen nation-to-nation relationships.” 

The ARP included a total of $280 million for the ICDBG program, which will help Tribes protect the health and safety of their communities, particularly low-and moderate-income individuals and families, by expanding access to safe housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities.

More than $52 million in ICDBG-ARP grants was awarded to 49 Tribal communities in this latest funding wave. A breakdown of the awards by recipient is available HERE.

HUD will announce additional ICDBG-ARP awards on a rolling basis.