FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2008
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $600,000 COMING TO ST. REGIS MOHAWK TRIBE FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
Federal Grant Will Provide Funds for Sewer Expansion in Franklin County
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $600,000 to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe under the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes and Alaskan native Villages. The ICDBG Program provides grants for use in developing viable communities by providing funds for economic opportunities, primarily for low and moderate income persons. The HUD grant is part of a funding package that includes $100,000 from Indian Health Service (IHS) through the Environmental Protection Agency and $100,000 from the Akwesasne Housing Authority.
“This is great news for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe,” said Schumer. “These funds will help upgrade the waste waters treatment plant and expand the local sewer system. I will continue to fight for funds that help communities invest in infrastructure projects to enhance their quality of life.”
The ICDBG Program provides grantees with direct grants for use in developing viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities including a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low and moderate income persons. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe participated in this annual competitive grant process in order to get funding for the expansion of a municipal sewer system.
Eligible applicants for assistance include any Indian tribe, band, group, nation or Alaska Native village which has established a relationship to the Federal government as defined in the program regulations.
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.
Infrastructure construction including roads, water and sewer facilities, and single or multipurpose community buildings.
A wide variety of commercial, industrial, agricultural projects which may be recipient owned and operated or which may be owned and operated by a third party.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is currrently working on a five-phase waste water expansion plan. These funds will help the tribe fund these on-going developments.