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Housing Improvement Program


Housing Improvement Program (HIP) is a Home Repair, Renovation, and Replacement grant program administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for federally recognized Native American Tribes.

HIP is specifically designed to serve the neediest of the needy: tribal members who have substandard housing, or no housing at all, and have no other immediate source of housing assistance. Priority is extended to families with the greatest need in relation to Income, Age, Disabilities, Dependent Children, Homelessness, Veterans, and Unsafe Living conditions. 
To be eligible for HIP assistance:

  • The applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    1. Applicant must be a member of a federally recognized Native American Tribe.
    2. Lives on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
    3. Annual household income does not exceed 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines.
    4. Present housing is substandard, not meeting the definition of standard housing.
    5. Meet the ownership requirements, the repair or renovation of any home must have the written consent and agreement by the homeowner.
    6. Has no other resource for housing assistance.
    7. Has not previously received assistance from HIP before.
    8. Did not acquire his/her present housing through past participation in a federal government-sponsored housing program over the previous 20 years.

All eligible applicants’ information is entered into the Priority Calculation worksheet that calculates automatically and is sent via email to the BIA Western Region Office. The BIA Western Region Office reviews and selects the HIP recipient, one (1) applicant is selected per year.

You can download the HIP application or pick up the application Whiteriver, McNary, or Cibecue Housing Authority Office. 


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