Press Releases

Congressman Don Young Announces Over $3.5 Million in CARES Act Grants to Boost COVID-19 Housing Resiliency in Alaska Native Villages

f t # e
Washington, July 28, 2020 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young, announced over $3.5 million in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program has been awarded to four Alaska Native organizations to fund community development projects to prepare, prevent, and respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was made available by the CARES Act, legislation passed by the House in March with the support of Congressman Young.

“The truth is that Alaska Native villages, like other communities across our state, have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We must ensure that our villages are properly prepared to prevent and respond to the threat posed by this virus. The funding announced today by the Department of Housing and Urban Development is welcome news for the grant recipients across our state,” said Congressman Don Young. “From renovating shelters to prevent overcrowding, upgrading water infrastructure, and building structures to assist those requiring self-quarantine, I am confident that these grants will help save lives and protect some of the most vulnerable in Alaska. I am proud to have supported the legislation authorizing these funds, and will continue working in Congress to ensure that Alaska Native villages come out of this stronger than ever."

Grant information and award amounts:



Zip Code


Description of Project

Circle Native Community




The Circle Native Community will use their grant to rehabilitate a tribally owned building to provide shelter to those affected by COVID-19 and patient overflow, as needed.

Native Village of Tanacross




The Native Village of Tanacross will use their grant to repair and upgrade the failing community water and sewer infrastructure, which will help ensure an adequate and consistent supply of water. This, in turn, will help reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Organized Village of Kake




The Organized Village of Kake will use their grant to construct two (2) single-family homes and renovate a shelter. This will help address overcrowding, homelessness, and provide shelter to those affected by COVID-19.

Organized Village of Saxman




The Organized Village of Saxman will use their grant to rehabilitate homes, including adding bathrooms to existing overcrowded homes. This will help address overcrowding, homelessness, and allow families to quaratine safely.


f t # e