Four Maine tribes receive affordable housing grants

Posted June 12, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday that $563 million has been awarded to 35 American Indian tribes across the country.

That group includes four Maine tribes, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs of Presque Isle, the Houlton Band of Maliseets, the Indian Township Passamaquoddy Housing Authority in Princeton, and the Penobscot Tribe on Indian Island.

The funds are distributed annually to eligible Indian tribes for a broad range of affordable housing activities, such as building or providing assistance to existing housing.

The Houlton tribe will receive $380,232, Indian Township $947,801, Penobscot Nation $937,990 and the Aroostook Micmacs $506,546.